... But Handel’s harmony affects the soul,
To sooth by sweetness, or by force controul;
And with like sounds as tune the rolling spheres,
So tunes the mind, that ev’ry sense has ears.
When jaundice jealousy, and carking care,
Or tyrant pride, or homicide despair,
The soul as on a rack in torture keep,
Those monsters Handel’s music lulls to sleep.
an anonymous poem in The Gentleman's Magazine (May 1740)
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Recent News and Current Events
Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) – Staged performances of Rodelinda 3, 4, 6 and 7 April 2018 in Cambridge. The production is accompanied by a showcase concert on 5 April and a study afternoon at the Music Faculty, Cambridge University on Saturday 7 April 2018 in association with the Handel Institute.
Handel Institute – Conference 'Handel and His Music for Patrons', 24—25 November 2018; call for papers is now open (extended deadline: 30 April 2018).
Handel Institute – Grants for Staged Productions of Handel's Operas
The Handel Institute offers a grant of up to £5,000 towards a production of an opera by Handel. The next deadline is 31 October 2018.
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