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Find out how this famous composer supported the hospital in his lifetime and beyond, with benefit concerts and a valuable legacy.

Handel's Messiah is now part of British culture and tradition, and performed across the world, but until its performances at the Foundling Hospital it was hardly known.

In this online talk Katharine Hogg, librarian for the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum, charts Handel's early support of the hospital from his first benefit concert in 1749, to the anthem he composed in its honour.

Handel's benefit concerts included annual performances of Messiah, which established a link between this oratorio and charitable benefits which continue today. In his will the composer left a score and parts of Messiah to the hospital so that the concerts might continue after his death. These manuscripts are still preserved at the museum.

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