Handel in Baroque London: A Live Musical Discussion with Peter Medhurst

Handel in Baroque London: A Live Musical Discussion with Peter Medhurst


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Join lecturer and recitalist Peter Medhurst live from his piano in London for a musical conversation which will put Handel’s years in London in context.

Of the three musical giants born to the world in 1685 – GF Handel, JS Bach, and D Scarlatti – Handel was the most cosmopolitan in terms of a personal musical style. His compositions display influences from his native Germany, from Italy – especially from Rome and Venice - from France and England, where he settled from 1710 - 1759.

The lecture plots Handel’s developing style during his career in London and shows how the composer was always prepared to adapt his music to suit current tastes and trends without compromising his very high musical standards. It's a fitting conversation for anyone with a keen ear for Baroque music and exceptional composition style.

Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts. He studied composition and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music in London and singing with Erik Werba at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He is known today for his lecture-recital work which has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as to all the major cities in Europe. He lectures for The Arts Society, The National Trust, and The Art Fund. Peter also leads tours abroad to places like Venice, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, and Madrid, and as part of the time spent exploring these places he gives organ recitals on the historic instruments in the various cathedrals and churches.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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