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13 & 28 Nov – Handel and Hendrix in London

Join one of these outings and visit the homes of two famous musicians who chose to live in London and changed the music of their day.

Although born in Germany in 1685, by the time of his death in 1759 Handel was a famous Londoner. He was the first

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owner of 25 Brook Street and lived here from 1723 until his death. It was here that he composed Messiah.

The four restored rooms include his bedroom, composition room and the music room, where he rehearsed his musicians and singers and gave informal recitals for friends and neighbours.

23 and 25 Brook Street, © David Holt

Two centuries later Jimi Hendrix lived in the flat on the top floor of 23 Brook Street with his girlfriend, record player and guitar. The main room of his flat, where he entertained friends, rehearsed and wrote new music, has been restored to look exactly as it was in 1969. An exhibition introduces Hendrix’s place in the musical and social world of 1960s’ London.

Dates:
● Wednesday, 13 November ● Thursday, 28 November

Meeting time: 10.15am
Meeting point: Waterloo Station, opposite Platform 1

Cost: £34 per person

From Waterloo Station we’ll take the Jubilee Line to Bond Street, from where it’s a short walk to Handel House. Our visit begins with a 30-minute recital at

11.15am, followed by a 75-minute guided tour. This covers Handel’s rooms and includes a short introduction to the Hendrix Flat. A few seats are available at different points on the tour. There is a lift but, as some of the wooden floors slope, this trip is not suitable for wheelchairs and may be difficult for those with mobility problems.

If you would like to join one of these outings, please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual), and send it with your cheque for £34/£68 made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS), to Barbara Leach, 10 Seymour Gardens, Surbiton,

KT5 8QE. Tel: 020 8390 7738.

If you give your email address, all information will be sent by email. This will include any changes to timings, so please check your inbox regularly.

Application forms will come with your newsletter either in the post or via email.