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Musical Patronage in Early Georgian London
Musical Patronage in Early Georgian London
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  • EVENT 8

    10.00am – c.11.00am
    Venue Bedern Hall, Bedern
    Tickets Unreserved seating: £10.00 including coffee & biscuits on arrival


    Patronage in 18th-century London took several forms, including employment by the King or nobility, specific commissions, subscriptions to support opera companies or the publications of specific works. Focusing on the period 1710–28, this talk by Graham Cummings, Visiting Professor of Historical Musicology at the University of Huddersfield. The music of G.F.Handel and his English and Italian contemporaries has been at the centre of his research work; this has led to publications on Handel and Opera at an international level. He is an editor for the Hallische Händel Ausgabe; his revised edition of the opera Poro, Rè dell’ Indie was published in June 2014. He is currently the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowship awarded to facilitate his research on ‘Operatic Rivalry in London: seasons of conflict and competition (1733 – 37)’.

    Following the Festival’s theme, there will be discussion of the acrimonious relationship between King George I and the Prince of Wales and its musical repercussions. These included the royal river excursion in July 1717, the occasion for Handel’s Water Music.

    See also event 9

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