Handel adopted London as his home, spending most of his adult life in the capital, and he was associated with many iconic places across the city. We celebrate this in our choice of venues for the London Handel Festival. Many of our events are held in the beautiful church of St George’s, Hanover Square where Handel worshipped, near to his home in Brook Street. The church is named after the patron saint of England, and is close to the square named after the dynasty of the German Hanoverian monarchs for whom Handel wrote his famous Coronation Anthems – so as a parishioner there he was being both patriotic and loyal to the Crown!
Other venues either have a historic link with Handel, such as the Charterhouse, where Handel’s friend and collaborator Johann Pepusch was organist, or are established venues suited to baroque music, such as Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square. Occasionally we choose more quirky venues so that Handel’s glorious music can be heard in unexpected places.