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In the wake of Handel: the impact of Handel on 300 years of British culture. Peter Medhurst Tuesday 07 May 2019

Peter Medhurst  studied voice and piano at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. His work as a singer, harpsichordist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world, giving performances in all the major capitals of Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand. He has also known to our Society from his Day of Special Interest on the obsolete musical insturments depicted in society paintings. He not only gave a fascinating insight to the development of instruments but also enthralled his audience with his singing accompanied by himself on the harpsichord. 

Quintessentially English is a term often used to describe the music of Handel although he was a native of Saxony, eastern Germany. From the moment he arrived in England, as a young man of 25 until his death in 1759, he devoted his energies as a musician and composer to entertaining the London audiences. His presence constitutes a vital part of the cultural development of this country. Not only did his music have influence, his larger-than-life personality had a profound effect on the literary, visual and decorative arts as well. By exploring the works of the French sculptor Roubiliac, the painting of Hudson and Denner,  the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the novels of Samual Butler as well as compositions by Sullivan and Tippett, the lecture will assess the cultural influences Handel had on the nation.