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Introducing Handel’s Organ

Thu Nov 29 2018

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Our Principal Artist John Butt introduces a spectacular bespoke chamber organ, built to recreate the sounds of Handel’s era.

It was built by British organ maker Robin Jennings http://jennings-organs.co.uk/.

John plays this organ at our Pipedreams concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Mon 3 December, 2018.

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  • Alexander’s Feast was performed 25 times in Handel’s lifetime and was printed in 1738 by John Walsh . It was subsequently revised in 1739, 1742 and 1751, with the suppression of the two concertos Op.4. For the final performances in 1753, Handel could not himself perform because of his failing eyesight . The Countess of Shaftesbury relates that she saw “the great though unhappy Handel, dejected, wan and dark, sitting by, not playing the harpsichord.”

    JamesBiosY Tue Dec 18 2018