Handel in London: Professor Jane Glover talks about her new book

The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark is delighted to welcome Professor Jane Glover to Southwark Cathedral to mark the publication of her new book 'Handel In London - The Making of a Genius'. In 1712, a young German composer followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life. That master would become King George II and the composer was Georg Friederich Handel. Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, operas such as Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo and Alcina or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in Messiah. Here, Jane Glover, who has conducted HandelÕs work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell HandelÕs story, as revealed in her new book, Handel in London. It is a story of music-making and musicianship, of practices and practicalities, but also of courts and cabals, of theatrical rivalries and of eighteenth-century society. It is also, of course, the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played and sung, and loved, in this country Ð and throughout the world Ð for three hundred years. The evening will include a short organ recital by Stephen Disley, Sub-Organist and Director of Southwark Cathedral Girls' Choir.