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Catch the Handel exhibition at the Foundling Museum

Date Posted: 25/04/14

Catch the Handel exhibition at the Foundling Museum

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession to the British throne, the Foundling Museum is holding an exhibition on the German composer George Frideric Handel and his relationship to the British monarchy.

Handel had the pleasure of the patronage of three British monarchs: Queen Anne, George I, and George II and was first employed by George I in Hanover before he became king. His anthem Zadok the Priest has been performed at every coronation since that of King George II in 1727.

The display features paintings of the Royal Family and the 1727 Order of Service for the Coronation of George II, musical instruments of the period and autographed manuscripts

The Librarian of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, Katharine Hogg, said: “Handel combined his musical genius with an ability to place himself at the heart of the British establishment, while retaining his independence as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. His identity as part of the British musical tradition and his legacy of quintessentially British music reflects his ability to adapt his musical skills to meet the expectations of his patrons and audiences.”

Visitors can catch the exhibition entitled By George! Handel’s Music for Royal Occasions until May 18th. For a truly special time why not make a short break of your visit to the capital?

Posted by Hayley Brent

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