Tune into BBC Two this Saturday 19th April at 9.30pm to see Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies and Andrew Staples appearing in the documentary “Messiah at the Foundling Hospital” with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort singing excerpts from Handel’s Messiah in full period costume in a recreation of the very first performance of Messiah at London’s Foundling Hospital in 1750.
Historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service present this one-hour drama documentary telling the heart-rending story of how this special fundraising concert helped maintain the hospital and heralded a golden age of philanthropy. Exploring historical documents and artefacts, Amanda Vickery examines the plight of women in Georgian London, particularly how the attitudes of the time led mothers to abandon their babies at the hospital. Tom Service looks at the momentous trials and tribulations faced by Handel in London and discovers how the composer became involved with the Foundling Hospital alongside another philanthropist of the day, the artist William Hogarth.
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