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Handel & Hendrix in London information
George Frederick Handel lived in this 18th-century Mayfair building for 36 years until his death in 1759. This is where he composed some of his finest works, including Water Music, Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Fireworks Music . Following extensive restorations, the house looks as it would have when the great German-born composer was in residence. Enter from Lancashire Court (current work underway on the house aims to restore the entrance to that on Brook St).
Early editions of Handel’s operas and oratorios, portraits of musicians and singers who worked with Handel, and musical instruments are on the 1st floor; musicians regularly come to practise so you may be treated to a free concert. On the 2nd floor there are more exhibits and quite a good film with music. The staff attending the rooms are all Handel enthusiasts and wonderfully knowledgeable. Children are admitted free on Saturdays and Sundays. Ticketed events at the house include plays, concerts and recitals.
The house at No 23 (now part of the museum) was home to a musician cut from a different piece of musical cloth: American guitarist Jimi Hendrix (1942–70), who lived there from 1968 until his death in Ladbroke Grove. A blue plaque on the exterior attests to his residency; the flat he lived in is currenly being authentically restored and will be open in 2016.