10 January 2022

The Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Handel House Trust Ltd. are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Daniels as the new Director of Handel & Hendrix in London.

Simon joins Handel & Hendrix in London from Historic Royal Palaces, where he was most recently Head of Development. In addition to Historic Royal Palaces, Simon has also held senior positions at Royal Museums Greenwich and the Whitechapel Gallery.

Handel & Hendrix in London is about to begin a major capital project to complete the restoration of 25 Brook Street, Handel’s home for 36 years. The Hallelujah Project will transform the ground floor, until recently retail premises, into reception rooms such as Handel might have known and recreate a Georgian domestic kitchen in the basement, all accessible for the first time from Handel’s very own front door. Additional spaces to explore the life and work of both Handel and Hendrix will be created on other floors, and the staircase to Jimi Hendrix’s flat will be returned to public use for the first time. The charity has begun a campaign to raise £2million in support of the Hallelujah Project.

Simon Daniels said: “Handel & Hendrix in London tells a unique story about two of the world’s greatest musicians in the very rooms in which they lived and made music. Under Elizabeth Nicholson’s distinguished leadership, Handel & Hendrix introduced new programming, weathered the storms of the pandemic and laid the foundations for the Hallelujah Project. The Hallelujah Project will complete the original vision of Stanley and Julie Sadie and others to fully present Handel’s home as he might have known it, creating an experience in 23 and 25 Brook Street that is more evocative and enriching than ever before. I am thrilled to be leading Handel & Hendrix into this next chapter.”

Simon Weil, Chairman, said: “I am delighted that Simon will be leading Handel & Hendrix in London at this critical time. With extensive experience in heritage and museums, and an academic background in music, Simon is ideally placed to deliver the Hallelujah Project and shape a new future for Handel & Hendrix to bring the stories of these great musicians and their homes to a wider audience.”