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Georgian Live Aid? 18th-Century Benefit Concerts
19 November, 2020, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
This is an online event.
In this online talk, researcher Lizzy Buckle introduces her work with the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum in central London. In May 1750, London’s beau monde flocked to the Foundling Hospital for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Although ostensibly organised for philanthropic causes, such occasions were also opportunities for performers to demonstrate their virtuosity, for patrons to exhibit their wealth, and for members of the burgeoning bourgeoisie to network.
By comparing 18th-century benefit concerts to modern-day charitable schemes, Buckle will explore the winners and losers of these events and ask: ‘was Handel the Bob Geldof of his day?’
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