When: 18th May 2018, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB
£: Tickets cost £20
What is it?
This May, Handel & Hendrix in London will be hosting an evening of live music, theatrical performances and interactive activities, to celebrate a forgotten part of London history.
The event is inspired by the annual May Fayre that took place near Brook Street during the 18th century. The fayre attracted showmen, jugglers, fencers and numerous fairground attractions, and had a reputation for immorality and lawlessness.
As part of the Museums at Night event, Handel & Hendrix in London will be hosting their May Fayre themed Friday Late on 18th May.
On the first floor, in Handel’s Music Room, Baroque musicians Charles MacDougall (tenor) and Katarzyna Kowalik (harpsichord) will reveal a narrative celebrating the coming of Spring, using some of Handel’s greatest operatic pieces.
On the second floor, Handel’s bedroom – the room where the great composer died in 1759 – will be taken over by Art Macabre, allowing guests to try their hand at life drawing with a difference. Injecting a lethal dose of theatricality into sketching, Art Macabre will present an eccentric tableau to inspire participant’s sketches. Inspired by accounts of the May Fayre’s ‘beheading of puppets’, guests will be able to sketch the type of curious characters and macabre marionettes found at the fair.
Up on the third floor, where Hendrix lived in 1969, English songstress Olivia Chaney will perform a very special acoustic set in Jimi’s bedroom. Plus there will be some surprise performances and drinks at a pop-up bar.
Handel & Hendrix in London is a unique attraction that houses the former home of composer George Frideric Handel and the former flat of musician Jimi Hendrix. In a single street in London, separated by a wall, are the homes of two of history’s most significant musical artists. 25 Brook Street is the house that belonged to Handel and the place where he composed some of the world’s most enduring baroque music, including Messiah. On the top floor of 23 Brook Street is the flat where, two centuries later, Hendrix lived with his girlfriend, record player and guitar.
More info: handelhendrix.org