A new exhibition will look at London’s vibrant cultural scene in the 18th century and 1960s, exploring why the capital was a magnet for both Handel and Hendrix and how they shaped and changed the city they made their home. Handel & Hendrix in London will re-open on 18 May 2023, 300 years after Handel first moved in. The London home of the composer George Frideric Handel is to be fully restored, and will host a series of exhibitions. The latter will shed new light on both the great composer and his next-door neighbour of two centuries later, rock legend Jimi Hendrix. The museum cares for and presents to the public the homes of two of the greatest musicians ever to have lived in London. Handel lived at 25 Brook Street from 1723 until his death in 1759. During these 36 years, Handel wrote and rehearsed his greatest works, including Messiah and its ever-popular ‘Hallelujah chorus’. His coronation anthem ‘Zadok the Priest’ was also written in Brook Street: it has since accompanied the coronation of every British monarch since George II, for whom it was written in 1727.
Handel & Hendrix in London will re-open on 18 May 2023!