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Collection Description

Collection Title
Handel Commemoration Concerts (1784, 1786)
A collection of programmes with words for the five performances given at Westminster Abbey on 26, 27 and 29 May and 3 and 5 June 1784 as the Handel Commemoration Festival, arranged chronologically in a bound volume.

Also, individual programmes and wordbooks for the first and second performances of the Grand Musical Festival of 1786, held on 31 May and 3 June, also at Westminster Abbey.

All of these performances were conducted by Joah Bates, assisted by John Ashley.

In 1784, the performances on 29 May and 5 June were of The Messiah. The remainder were described as 'Selections' of music by Handel. With the exception of that for the second performance, all programmes include lists of the Directors and Assistant Directors of the event and of the choral and orchestral ensembles.

Both programmes for 1786 include lists of the Directors and Assistant Directors of the event and lists of the subscribers to the Royal Society of Musicians. That for the first concert includes a list of the instrumental and choral ensembles whilst the second carries a handwritten record of the total number of performers. The second programme also contains extensive handwritten annotations which provide comments on the performance (including observations on the nature of the pieces and the manner of execution).
Date range of collection
1784 - 1786
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Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square Bloomsbury London WC1N 1AZ United Kingdom
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Collections Overview
The Gerald Coke Handel Collection is an internationally important collection of material relating to Handel and his contemporaries, including manuscripts, printed books and music, libretti, paintings and engravings, memorabilia, art works and ephemera. The Handel collection is open for research Wednesday-Friday, and the display room (with access to recorded music) is open with the rest of the museum Tuesday-Sunday 10-6.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council