Innovative new learning programmes

As well as maintaining our existing projects for local state school children and outstanding young Baroque musicians, the Hallelujah Project will enable us to devise new and more ambitious projects inspired by some of Handel’s own charitable interests. New groups we will create programmes for include:

  • Children in care in Westminster (in recognition of Handel’s philanthropy to abandoned children at the Foundling Hospital)
  • Musicians now suffering dementia, for whom a reconnection with music can bring therapeutic benefits as well as enhancing their lives (inspired by Handel’s support for the Society for Decay’d Musicians in the 18th century)
  • Musically gifted blind and visually impaired children and adults (in association with the RNIB, and inspired by the fact that
    Handel sadly went blind in later life)
  • Contemporary composers attracted to a place where such a well-known composer lived and wrote in the past
  • Teachers at local state schools, for whom we can provide training, support and materials to help them enthuse their pupils
    with the joy of making and appreciating great music.

“Such a wonderful scheme and such a supportive group of people.”

(Participant in the Handel House Talent project for gifted young professional Baroque musicians)

“Lots of the children just hadn’t heard this kind of music before. Handel became a really important figure to them.”

(Facilitator, ‘Baroque Central’ Project for local state primary schools.)

“Best decision I made after graduating from RAM was to apply for this. It’s a family of lovely, warm and talented people. Adore working with them all.”

(Participant in the Handel House Talent project for gifted young professional Baroque musicians)

“The singing gives (the children) a real connection with music of the past. They just love performing and they get excited when they hear the word ‘Handel’ and they can’t wait to sing it.”

(Facilitator, ‘Baroque Central’ Project for local state primary schools.)