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July highlights

We’re right in the middle of our summer events season, so still plenty more for you to enjoy! This July it’s 300 years since Handel’s Water Music was first performed, and so we have a series of concerts dedicated to it’s premiere on the Thames, and some of the other famous (and infamous) things that went on in 1717.

Plus, we have more Hendrix walking tours around Soho and Piccadilly and another electric guitar workshop for any budding guitar heroes out there.

Hendrix Walking Tours

Saturday 8 July, 12:30pm or 3.30pm

The second in our series of Jimi Hendrix-themed walking tours. Starting from Hendrix’s home here in Brook Street the guided tour will visit the site of the studios where Foxy Lady was recorded, the location of The Experience’s first-ever rehearsal, and the venue where the band had their debut performance.

Guitar Workshops

Saturday 8 July, 11:00am

Trade tips and tricks with other guitarists and our expert of the Jimi Hendrix sound, Nigel Jones, at this workshop. Just bring your guitar down and plug in. Any level welcome including beginners!

Re-imagining 1717

Thursday 27 July, 6.30pm

Following a recent showcase on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, recorder quartet BLOCK4 are curating and performing a series of concerts to celebrate the 300th anniversary of 1717. This first concert in the series features new compositions inspired by words and music written in 1717.

Water Music

Saturday 29 July, 6.30pm

The second concert in the series curated by our Ensemble-in-Residence, BLOCK4, this concert will feature parts of Handel’s Water Music alongside other pieces, from the Renaissance all the way through to the modern day, all inspired by water,.

From our friends this month

Handel’s Water Music
The Foundling Museum
Opens 7 July 2017

The oldest surviving score of Handel’s Water Music, on loan from the Royal Society of Musicians, is displayed in the Handel Gallery of the Foundling Museum. This display commemorates the 300th anniversary of its first performance, on 17 July 1717, using manuscripts, printed music and artworks to explore the work’s popularity and the Georgian practice of water parties.

Find out more here

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