The Genius of Handel

  • 07:30 PM
  • Romsey Abbey

Tuesday 6th July, 19:30

A lecture and recital by musician and scholar, Peter Medhurst

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 from England where he settled from the age of 25. This lecture-recital plots the progress of Handel’s developing style 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.  Music includes: extracts from the Eight Suites for HarpsichordTune Your Harps from EstherEternal Source of Light Divine, and Dove sei, amato bene from Rodelinda.

Peter Medhurst
Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as 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.
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Tickets (£10) also available from Romsey Visitor Information Centre

Event sponsored by The Arts Society, Romsey