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London tribute to revered German composer

Published: Friday 24th of October 2008

The 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel's death is to be marked at an exhibition at the London museum which bears his name, it has been revealed.

The Handel House Museum, in the building where the legendary composer died in London's Mayfair, will host the series of events next year, celebrating the life and work of one of the most prolific and popular composers from Germany.

Exact details of the events are being kept under wraps but the museum curators say they will be revealed to the public soon.

Fans of the composer's work, the most famous of which is probably Messiah, welcomed the announcement.

Edward Blakeman, programme editor for BBC Radio 3, which will be broadcasting a series of programmes to honour the anniversary, said: "The personal aspects of Handel are very shadowy and it would be nice to fill out the man."

The website of the museum is also hosting a performance diary, listing all the occasions where classic music lovers can hear Handel's work around the country.

George Frideric Handel was born in 1685 in the German town of Halle and lived at 25 Brook Street, W1 for 36 years until his death in 1759.

LondonPass holders can gain free entry to the Handel House Museum, saving £5 for adults and £2 for children.

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