Handel in the Ballroom: A Talk and Dance workshop
Sunday, 11 May 2014 from 14:00 to 16:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
HANDEL IN THE BALLROOM
Sunday 11 May, 14:00 - 16:00
To celebrate the exhibition By George! the Foundling Museum presents an afternoon of music and dance. From palace ballrooms to provincial assembly rooms, dancing was a favourite entertainment in Georgian Britain. Royal birthdays were celebrated with balls, for which dances were specially choreographed. Join dance expert Moira Goff and baroque musician Evelyn Nallen for a talk and dance workshop in the beautiful Picture Gallery. Ticket includes admission to the museum and By George! exhibition.
When & Where
The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events we celebrate the ways in which artists of all disciplines have been inspired to improve children’s lives since 1740.
The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram, as ‘a hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children’. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth who encouraged all the leading artists of the day to donate work, and the composer George Frideric Handel who gave annual benefit concerts of the Messiah. In doing so, they created London’s first public art gallery and set the template for the way that the arts could support philanthropy. The Foundling Museum celebrates their vision and continues their work, by enabling today’s artists, musicians and writers to work alongside vulnerable young people and to cast new light on the histories we tell.