PLEASE IGNORE THE PREVIOUS EMAIL RE THE CONCERT ON THIS DATE. YOUR ORGANISER WAS HAVING A BIT OF A "MOMENT" AND MANAGED TO GET SOME OF THE DETAILS GARBLED. THE CORRECT DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
A very special commemoration recital of music by George Frideric Handel (on the 300th anniversary of his death) - given by the organ recitalist Andrew Benson-Wilson - on an organ the composer himself used to play, and in the church where some of his music was first performed.
The programmes includes Handel's Chaconne in G, Organ Concerto in G minor, Suite/Sonata in F, Organ Concerto in Alexander?s Feast and the Suite in D minor.
The concert will take place in the Church of St Lawrence Whitchurch, Little Stanmore, a very rare example of an English parish church in the continental Baroque style. It was almost entirely rebuilt in 1715 by the first Duke of Chandos, following his purchase of the Cannons estate in Little Stanmore. Only the tower of the medieval church remains.
The Duke employed the fashionable artists of his day to decorate his great mansion of Cannons (since demolished). Those artists - Antonio Bellucci, Louis Laguerre, Francesco Sleter - created the dramatic interior of the church. Walls and ceiling are covered with paintings of biblical scenes, some brilliantly coloured, others in sepia and grisaille. Trompe-l'?il is used to considerable effect.
The organ is a modern instrument, built in early 18th century style and reusing the case (carved by Grinling Gibbons) and some of the pipes that Handel would have known. The setting is spectacular - the organ is right in the centre of a theatrical stage where most churches would site the altar.
Handel was Composer-in-Residence to the Duke of Chandos for about a year from 1717 and he wrote some of his early masterpieces there, including the Chandos Anthems, Esther and Acis & Galatea. As the huge mansion of Cannons was still being built, these works would have been first performed in the church of St Lawrence. The mausoleum of the Duke is attached to the church, and is a remarkable example of Baroque sculpture.
The concert starts at 3, but the church will be open earlier for people to look round. The concert will last about 75 minutes - and then there will be tea and cakes in the church hall! The whole thing should be over by 5ish.
St Lawrence, Little Stanmore is 5 minutes' walk from Canons Park tube (check the line is open - sometimes it is buses for the last bit of the Jubilee Line and you will need extra time!)We will meet at the tube station at 2pm and go to the church together. Admission: ?8. Booking details to follow. http://www.meetup.com/All-Things-Baroque/calendar/9746994/