The Handel Institute

Conferences and Study Days

Please send details about forthcoming Handel conferences, study days, public lectures and reseach forum events to info@gfhandel.org


American Handel Society
Princeton University, USA
6—9 April 2016

The American Handel Society’s biennial American Handel Festival will take place at Princeton University on April 6–9, 2017. Academic paper sessions will be complemented by musical performance of music by Handel and hist contemporaries.
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Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft
'Zwischen Originalgenie und Plagiator. Händels kompositorische Methode und ihre Deutungen'
Händel-Haus, Große Nikolaistraße 5, Halle, Germany
67 June 2017

The annual Halle conference is usually two to three days long; sessions tend to be presented in a mixture of languages and admission to the general public is always free. The proceedings of each conference are published in the following year's edition of the Händel-Jahrbuch (Bärenreiter).
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Stiftung Händel-Haus Halle
Summer School on editing, reception history and organology

Händel-Haus, Große Nikolaistraße 5, Halle, Germany
2022 September 2017

The theme of the annual three-day summer school run by the Stiftung Händel-Haus Halle will this year be Handel's operas during the second royal academy period, and will be led by Dr Matthew Gardner (Frankfurt), Prof. Bernhard Jahn (Hamburg), Petra Burmann (Halle), und Dr Ulrich Etscheit (Kassel). The main teaching language is German; the number of participants is limited; and applications should be sent to Dr Konstanze Musketa (stiftung@haendelhaus.de) by 30 June 2017.
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Stiftung Händel-Haus Halle
Summer School on editing, reception history and organology

Händel-Haus, Große Nikolaistraße 5, Halle, Germany
2123 September 2016

The theme of the annual three-day summer school run by the Stiftung Händel-Haus Halle will this year be Handel's operas during the second royal academy period, and will be led by Dr David Vickers (Manchester), Bernhard Forck (Berlin), Dr Steffen Voss (Munich) and Dr Ulrich Etscheit (Kassel). The main teaching language is German; the number of participants is limited; and applications should be sent to Dr Konstanze Musketa (stiftung@haendelhaus.de) by 30 June 2016.
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Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft
'Mythos Volk – Mythos Aufklärung. Zwei Topoi der Händel-Rezeption und ihre historischen Kontexte'
Händel-Haus, Große Nikolaistraße 5, Halle, Germany
3031 May 2016

The annual Halle conference is usually two to three days long; sessions tend to be presented in a mixture of languages and admission to the general public is always free. The proceedings of each conference are published in the following year's edition of the Händel-Jahrbuch (Bärenreiter).
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The Handel Institute
'Handel and His Eighteenth-Century Performers'
2123 November 2015

The most recent Handel Institute conference, on the theme of Handel and His Eighteenth-Century Performers, took place on 21–23 November 2015 at at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ (21–22 November) and The Open University, 1–11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, NW1 8NP (23 November).
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Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft
'Händel und seine Interpreten / Handel and his Interpreters'
Händel-Haus, Große Nikolaistraße 5, Halle, Germany
810 June 2015

The annual Halle conference is usually three days long; sessions tend to be presented in a mixture of languages and admission to the general public is always free. The proceedings of each conference are published in the following year's edition of the Händel-Jahrbuch (Bärenreiter).
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American Handel Society
Iowa University, USA
23—26 April 2015

The American Handel Festival and Conference takes place every two years and in recent years it has been based in different cities. The 2015 gathering will be hosted by the School of Music at the University of Iowa and will be a joint conference with the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music who will be holding their 23rd Annual conference. The submission deadline for abstracts is 1 October 2014; further details and the call for papers can be found at the conference website.


'Agostino Steffani: European Composer and Hanoverian Diplomat at the time of Leibniz'
Schloss Herrenhausen, Hanover, Germany
18—20 September 2014

This is an international interdisciplinary conference, organized by the Department of Musicology of the Hanover Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in collaboration with the Leibniz-Forschungsstelle Hannover of the Akademie der Wissenschaften at Göttingen and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Stiftung Hannover, and supported by the VolkswagenStiftung. Details


Göttinger Händel-Gesellschaft e.V.
Symposium: 'Mehr Händel!'
Sternwarte, Göttingen, Germany
31 May 2014

Summer 2014 witnesses the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. This symposium is taking this occasion to scrutinise Handel reception over the course of those years. Renowned experts consider the significance of the European composer in the German Protestant tradition, as well as in France and at the legendary Proms in London.


London Handel Festival (2014)
The festival included public lectures on Arianna in Creta by David Vickers (4 March), Selina Cadell (5 March) and Katie Hawks (6 March),
on Israel in Egypt by Ruth Smith (2 April), and on Deborah by Ruth Smith (9 April)

Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft
'Macht und Ohnmacht der Musik - Händel, der Staatskomponist'
Händel-Haus, Große Nikolaistraße 5, Halle, Germany
1416 November 2013

The annual Halle conference is usually three days long; sessions tend to be presented in a mixture of languages and admission to the general public is always free. The proceedings of each conference are published in the following year's edition of the Händel-Jahrbuch (Bärenreiter).

NB. this conference and the rest of the 2013 Halle Festival were supposed to take place in June 2013, but were postponed because of serious flooding; the conference and abridged festival have been re-scheduled


"The Power of Musick: Music and Politics in Georgian Britain"
Herrenhausen Symopsium by the Volkswagen Foundation and the German Historical Institute, London
German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ
1315 June 2013

When Handel first came to England in 1710 he was still in the service of the Elector George Louis of Hanover who – four years later – became King of Great Britain and Ireland. Handel was now composing secular and sacred music for the English Court, the Church of England, and the
opera. The aristocratic audiences took part in the rich musical life and newspapers reported on the performances. What factors contributed to the fact that London became a first-rate city of music? What role did the personal union between England and Hanover play and what was the
effect that a "German" king sat on the throne of England? And did the contemporary press, the rulers, and the public of the 18th century imagine Handel as an English (or German) composer? The symposium "The Power of Musick - Music and Politics in Georgian Britain" examined the work of Handel during his London period and its effect on the contemporary musical life between town and country, court, church, and the middle classes. Speakers inlcuded Otto Biba (Vienna), Tim Blanning (Oxford), Donald Burrows (Milton Keynes), Tassilo Erhardt (Liverpool), Wolfgang Hirschmann (Halle), Simon McVeigh (London), Ruth Smith (Cambridge), and others.


Handel's Atalanta
A Study Day organised by
The Handel Institute and Cambridge Handel Opera in association with Cambridge University
Faculty of Music, 11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP
4 May 2013, 2pm

Cambridge Handel Opera presented four fully staged performances of Atalanta in the Concert Hall, West Road, Cambridge on 30 April, and 1, 3, and 4 May.  For further details and information see www.chog.co.uk. The study session preceded the last performance, which was also Andrew Jones’s last appearance as musical director of the company:
2.00pm   Lynn Gordon: The afterlife of Atalanta, from Ovid to Handel (and beyond)
2.30pm   Donald Burrows: Wedding or warfare? The opera season of 1735-1736 in Handel’s London career
3.30pm   Lisa Sampson: Atalanta and the tradition of Italian pastoral drama
4.00pm   Victoria Newlyn: Staging Atalanta


London Handel Festival lecture: Ruth Smith talks about L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
The Saville Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4ER
16 April 2013, 4pm

A free public lecture on Handel's L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato, an ode set to a text adapted by the composer's two friends James Harris and Charles Jennens from poems by Milton and with a third part by Jennens himself. Dr Ruth Smith explored the distinctiveness of this radiantly attractive composition, and trace its interesting origins. Preceded the London Handel Festival's performance of L'Allegro at St. George's Hanover Square.


American Handel Society
Princeton University, USA
2124 February 2013

The American Handel Festival and Conference takes place every two years and in recent years it has been based in different cities. The 2013 gathering was at Princeton University. In addition to the academic panels, the 2013 Serwer Lecture was given by Reinhard Strohm. Other festival events included a performance of Handel's Dixit Dominus and Alessandro Scarlatti's Stabat Mater by the Princeton University Chamber Choir, conducted by Gabriel Crouch, and a concert by Harry Bicket and the English Concert. There was also an option to attend Bicket's concert performance of Radamisto at Carnegie Hall on Sunday 24 February. Please visit the conference website.


Stanley Sadie Memorial Lecture: Ruth Smith talks about Charles Jennens
The Saville Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4ER
6 February 2013, 6.30pm

The annual Stanley Sadie Memorial Lecture was delivered in 2013 by Ruth Smith, expert on Handel's friend, supporter and librettist Charles Jennens. In conjunction with the Handel House Museum's exhibition Charles Jennens: The Man Behind Messiah (curated by Dr. Smith).


The Handel Institute
'Handel at Court'
2325 November 2012

The triennial conference of The Handel Institute was held at the Foundling Museum, and featured papers by Donald Burrows, John Roberts, Helen Green, Graham Cummings, Terence Best, Matthew Gardner, Annette Landgraf, Konstanze Musketa, Graydon Beeks and others. There was a private viewing of the Handel House Museum's new exhibition on Charles Jennens (curated by Ruth Smith), and on Sunday afternoon there was an 'Arcadian Conversazione' concert of music by Handel and his Italian contemporaries performed by recent graduates from English conservatoires, organised by David Vickers and Laurence Cummings. The full schedule is available here.


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