Since 2003, Handel House has been building a close relationship with Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB). This has developed into an exciting programme of events throughout the year for blind and partially sighted people of all ages. Handel’s loss of sight came gradually to him in his later years, but eventually he lost his sight completely and was blind until his death in 1759. He did continue working and carrying out public engagements for a time but eventually felt the need to stay at home. Handel House is dedicated to providing fun, engaging and memorable musical experiences for visually impaired visitors, who most certainly should not need to stay at home.
We have hosted events specifically for visually impaired people (VIPs) a Children’s Day, an Adult’s Day and a Composition Summer School every year since 2003 and in 2016 we begin our homage to Hendrix by providing an Adult Lecture Day providing a multi-sensory presentation and a verbal descriptive tour of Hendrix Flat as well as a series of after school guitar lessons for visually impaired children in the local area.
For information about RNIB Music Service and their events with Handel House, please click here.
Alongside this programme of work, we offer verbal-descriptive tours to VIP visitors of the house. To book a specially trained tour guide, contact Claire Davies.
Handel & Hendrix in London is particularly equipped for working with visually impaired school groups and welcome bookings at any time.