Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Coming up at the Handel House Museum

The Handel House Museum's exhibition on Charles Jennens (see my review) closes on 14 April, but there are lots of other treats in store. Over the next few months concerts in the museum include opportunities to hear music by Handels friends and contemporaries like Telemann and Pepusch, plus explorations of his female muses including Mrs Cibber, Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni, as well as the more exotic castrato. As part of Museums at Night you can see the museum by candlelight, and there are new exhibitions to look forward to, celebrating the history of the building and a single year in Handel's life.. 

As part of Museums at Night, the Handel House Museum will be open by candle-light, with candle lit tours and harpsichord recitals. The next exhibition (16 April - 28 July) is 25 Brook Street tracing the 300 year history of Handel's house from construction in 1721-22 to the present day. Then from July 2013 the exhibition will be A year in the life of Handel: 1713.

Flautonic (David Beaney, Lauren Brant and Claire Williams) perform recorder music by Handel's friend Telemann on 2 May (they stayed in touch throughout their life and Handel is on record as sending Telemann a batch of plants). Arcata Baroque's concert on 9 May includes music by Pepusch, who arranged the music of The Beggar's Opera.  

Further afield, there is recently discovered music by Georg Muffat (1653 - 1704) and his son Gottlieb Muffat (1690 - 1770) on 11 June. And harpsichord music by the Parisian composer Jacques Duphly (8 June).  

There is a fascinating series of recitals looking at Handel's female singers; Mrs Cibber (15 June), Cuzzoni (25 July), Faustina Bordoni (8 August) , plus counter-tenor Randall Scotting explores the art of Handel's castrati (18 July). And another concert looks at take-away Handel, the arrangements which allowed you to play Handel in your own home. (11 August)

From 5 - 9 August there is the annual summer school for talented young blind and partially sighted composers,  jointly run by the museum and the RNIB with a concert on 9 August. Looking further ahead, harpsichordist Richard Egarr will be in residence on 9 and 10 September plaing Bach's French Suites.

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