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The London Handel Festival, promoted by London Handel Society Limited, is an annual celebration of the life and work of composer George Frideric Handel. Since its inception in the 1970s, the Festival has established a firm place in London’s cultural calendar, with loyal audiences, critical acclaim and international recognition and reach. Each year we reach 5,000 people with our full calendar of performances, ranging from grand opera and oratorio to intimate chamber music recitals, guided walks, insight talks and participation events.
We are delighted to announce that we are proceeding with our planned events in early December as free livestreamed events – on Wednesday 2 December at 7pm, we present the postponed 2020 Final of our international Handel Singing Competition, and on Thursday 3 December at 7pm, we present Messiah Reimagined – a unique blended performance of Handel’s masterpiece, combining live and virtual. Both events will be carefully managed, with all musicians safely distanced and behind closed doors, with no audience present, in keeping with current lockdown regulations in the UK. For further information about both events, and our activities during the current lockdown in the United Kingdom, please click here.
Our major artistic and charitable objectives are to play a leading role in the revival of interest in Handel’s music, including rarely performed works; to nurture emerging talent and provide meaningful and sustained support of exceptional young singers through our international Handel Singing Competition; and to bring Handel to broader audiences through our community engagement and education work.
Many performances in the London Handel Festival are directed by Laurence Cummings, our Musical Director, with the London Handel Orchestra, comprising some of this country’s finest professional baroque players, led by Adrian Butterfield, our Associate Director. We also work with the finest baroque groups from the UK and internationally, including Early Opera Company, Opera Settecento and La Nuova Musica. We work regularly with all four London conservatoires to give performance opportunities to talented students. Concerts take place across London with a focus on Handel’s own parish church – St George’s, Hanover Square.
Around 40% of our income comes from ticket sales, with the remainder from donations, grants and sponsorship and we are reliant on our generous family of supporters for our continued growth. For further details on how you can get involved and support us, please click here.