London Handel Festival

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The London Handel Festival is an annual music festival centred on the compositions of George Frideric Handel. The festival also features other composers.[1] It includes a Handel Singing Competition.


It was founded by Denys Darlow, who was succeeded as musical director in 1999 by Laurence Cummings. Since 2011 Cummings has combined his work in London with the artistic directorship of the Göttingen International Handel Festival in Germany.


The organ of St George's Church, Hanover Square in 2009. It has since been rebuilt within the historic case by Richards, Fowkes & Co.[2]

A regular venue for concerts is the church the composer attended, St George's, Hanover Square, near his home on Brook Street. The original organ was completed in 1725, but although the case survives, the instrument has been rebuilt more than once.[2] A chamber organ by Goetze and Gwynn has also been available to the festival.[3]

Productions of Handel operas are given at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music.[4] The venue has 400 seats.[5]


  1. ^ Hewett, Ivan (2012). "Carole Cerasi - review". Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "St. George's, Hanover Square". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  3. ^ "Organs used by Handel". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  4. ^ Church, Michael (2016-03-09). "Ariodante, Britten Theatre, review: Well-sung but badly directed". Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  5. ^ "The Britten Theatre". Retrieved 2018-04-07.

External links

  • Official website
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