Welcome to the Handel & Hendrix Comic Competition!

Thank you for your interest in taking part in this showcase of the creative talents of our brilliant followers during the lockdown. We have recently started a Handel & Hendrix at Brook Street comic illustration series by artist Maxime Galbe over on our Instagram stories, and we’re inviting you to send us your own comical creations.

Handel died at 25 Brook Street in his bedroom in 1759 and funnily enough Hendrix once said he saw the composer’s ghost when he lived next-door in 1969 with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. For our first comic story we chose to retell this funny ‘true story’ of Brook Street by depicting Hendrix brandishing his guitar to fight off a spooky phantom Handel.

From all the fabulous submissions we receive, we’ll pick a winner who will be reposted on our Instagram story, plus a very special prize of 2 free admission tickets when the museum re-opens and £20 to spend in our gift shop.

Share this competition and your comments about our comics series with your family, your friends, and your colleagues. We’d love to see as many people involved as possible.

To enter your drawing into the competition just use the hashtag #HandelandHendrixComic and tag us on either on Twitter or Instagram.

Here’s a great entry from @sallyshinystars on Twitter:

Get your 18th-century wigs and purple velour pants on and good luck!

Ghost Story: When Jimi Hendrix moved into the apartment on the third floor at 23 Brook Street he found out that the 18th-century composer Handel had lived next door. One night at home during this time Hendrix was convinced that in the mirror he saw Handel’s ghost (“an old guy in a nightshirt and grey pigtail”) walk through a wall.

Handel and Cuzzoni

She-Devil: Italian soprano Francesca Cuzzoni performed nine roles in Handel’s operas over five years, including Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare. She often behaved like a diva and her stubborn refusal to do as she was told caused friction with the equally tenacious Handel. John Mainwaring, Handel’s first biographer, describes an incident where Handel threatened to throw Cuzzoni out of the window, exclaiming ‘Oh! Madame I know that you are a she-devil, but I am Beelzebub, the chief of Devils’.

Jimi at Home: Hendrix on the bed at his flat at 23 Brook Street London with the knitted dog/bear, given to Hendrix by a fan, that features in photographs of the flat taken at the time when Jimi and Kathy were living there.