George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) - Handel In London - 5 Musical Walks



Donald Macleod embarks on his first walk through Handel's London, featuring the composer's home of 36 years and its immediate environs.

He begins with a guided tour of the Handel House Museum on Brook Street, then visits St George's Hanover Square, the church in which Handel worshipped, played the organ and rented a pew.

The final stop is Carlisle Street in Soho and the 18th century offices of Private Eye magazine, where art director Tony Rushton talks about his passion for former resident JC Smith, Handel's friend and amanuensis.

Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah)

The English Concert Choir

The English Concert

Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord/director)

Verdi prati; Mi Lusinga; Sta nell'Ircana (Alcina)

Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Honour and arms scorn such a foe (Samson)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Fugue in B flat

Jennifer Bate (organ)

The Triumph of Time and Truth (Act 2 excerpt)

Gillian Fisher (soprano)

Charles Brett (countertenor)

Stephen Varcoe (bass)

London Handel Choir and Orchestra

Denys Darlow (conductor)


Donald Macleod traces Handel's royal connections on this second walk through the composer's London.

Starting at Westminster Abbey to survey Handel's decorative tomb, he is then joined by Lewis Foreman for a stroll along Whitehall to the historic Banqueting House and Queen Mary's Steps on the River Thames, where the royal party of 1717 departed for the famous performance of the Water Music. The final stop is the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, for which Handel composed a birthday ode for Queen Anne.

Zadok the Priest

Trevor Pinnock (organ)

Choir of Westminster Abbey

The English Concert

Simon Preston (conductor)

Utrecht Te Deum

The Choir of St Paul's Cathedral

The Parley of Instruments

John Scott (conductor)

Water Music Suite in D/G (excerpt)

Trevor Pinnock (director/harpsichord)

Eternal source of light divine (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne)

Robin Blaze (countertenor)

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

The Academy of Ancient Music

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).


Donald Macleod and his guest Lewis Foreman explore some fascinating sites along The Strand where Handel undertook his musical business, from visits to publishers to private musical performances in an enthusiast's attic and a local tavern. The final stop is the museum of the Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned children and Handel's favourite charity.

Virtue, truth and innocence (Esther)

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (director)

Concerto grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 6

Concentus Musicus Wien

Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

Sonata in A, Op 1 No 3

Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)

Richard Tunnicliffe (cello)

Paul Nicholson (harpsichord)

Anthem for the Foundling Hospital (excerpt)

Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby (sopranos)

Shirley Minto (contralto)

James Bowman (countertenor)

Martyn Hill (tenor)

David Thomas (bass)

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

The Academy of Ancient Music

Simon Preston (conductor).


Donald Macleod and guest Lewis Foreman follow the trail of Handel's time working at Cannons for the wealthy Duke of Chandos, near Edgware in North London. They visit the Baroque church of St Lawrence Whitchurch, for which Handel wrote a number of works, and the former site of the Duke's huge mansion, now the North London Collegiate School.

Blessed be God (Chandos Anthem No 11)

Ensemble William Byrd

L'Academie Sainte Cecile

Graham O'Reilly (director)

Organ Concerto in B flat, Op 7 No 3

Paul Nicholson (organ)

The Brandenburg Consort

Roy Goodman (director/harpsichord)

Tis done; Heart, the seat of soft delight; Galatea, dry thy tears (Acis and Galatea)

Sophie Daneman (soprano)

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie (director)

As pants the hart for cooling streams (Chandos Anthem No 6)

Lynne Dawson (soprano)

Ian Partridge (tenor)

Michael George (bass)

The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra

Harry Christophers (conductor).

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Donald Macleod and writer Roderick Swanston follow Handel's footsteps through London's historic theatreland. They traverse the West End in search of the theatres in which Handel's operas were performed, from the former King's Theatre in Haymarket, to the former incarnation of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and a long-vanished third opera house at Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Cara Sposa (Rinaldo)

Rinaldo....David Daniels (countertenor)

Giulio Cesare (excerpt)

Cleopatre....Barbara Schlick (soprano)

Giulio Cesare....Jennifer Larmore (mezzo-soprano)

Concerto Cologne

Rene Jacobs (conductor)

Serse (excerpt)

Serse....Carolyn Watkinson (mezzo-soprano)

Le Grand Ecurie et la Chambre de Roy

Jean-Claude Malgoire (conductor)

Deidamia (excerpt)

Nerea....Dominique Labelle (soprano)

Fenice....Furio Zanasi (baritone)

Licomede....Antonio Abete (bass)

Ulisse....Anna Bonitatibus (mezzo-soprano)

Deidama....Simone Kermes (soprano)

Choir and Orchestra of Il Complesso Barocco

Alan Curtis (conductor).