Messiah at the Foundling Hospital
Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in Western music. Yet few people know the story of how this much-loved work came to public attention - at a benefit concert for the London Foundling Hospital in 1750. It was the "Live Aid" of its time, heralding a golden age of philanthropy and playing a small but real part in saving the lives of thousands of people. Historian Amanda Vickery and music critic Tom Service explore the event's significance and the ethos of the era amidst a recreated performance of the 1750 concert.
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