2 APRIL 2014   

PRE-CONCERT LECTURE with cream tea   16.30pm

In the archive of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at The Foundling Museum is a small receipt from 1760, a note of all the payments made to the musicians who performed under Handel for that year's Messiah concert. In itself, it is an interesting recording of who did what, how many violinists there were and what was considered a healthy ratio sopranos to altos. However, towards the bottom of the page, is a note of two horns, two trumpets and a timpanist... the only record we've been able to unearth so far that suggests horns were used for performances of Messiah under Handel.

We present a unique day at The Foundling Museum, with a pre-concert lecture featuring both a talk on Messiah, but an exploration of some of the instruments (including the horns) used and a chance to meet members of the band. We feel you deserve a treat, so invite you to join us for this and enjoy a traditional cream tea at the same time.

Then, at 6pm, we perform Handel's Messiah, with the movements and cuts indicated by the man himself for his performances at The Foundling Hospital - and we include the horns!

The Amadè Players
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London SE15 1QB

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Christopher Hogwood, CBE
Richard Egarr

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