The Handel Institute fosters the study and appreciation of the music and life of George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), and of his associates and contemporaries.


It is not a membership society. Its purpose is to co-ordinate and make accessible the work of British Handel scholars, and to promote Handel scholarship internationally, in collaboration with German and American colleagues.


The Handel Institute is governed by Trustees with an interest in Handel. Its activities are directed by a Council  formed from among Handel scholars who are based mainly in Britain.


The Handel Institute exists to:

  • stimulate and fund research, publications and performances
  • supply information and educational input for Handel performances
  • represent Britain, and provide editors and editorial consultants, for the ongoing modern critical edition of Handel’s collected musical works (Hallische Händel-Ausgabe)
  • maintain links with British and foreign institutions concerned with Handel and his times


Activities realising these aims include:


Achievements in 2018:

  • New logo and website, assisted by Cambridge Computer Support, launched in September stimulate and fund research, publications and performances
  • Conference ‘Handel and his Music for Patrons’ at The Foundling Museum on 23–25 November: 65 delegates from Japan, the USA, the UK and Europe; 17 papers, including four by HI Council members; two concerts – at the British Library and at St Lawrence Whitchurch, Little Stanmore
  • Research awards to Simone Laghi (for an edition of Elisabetta Gamberini’s printed works) and Vassilis Vavoulis (for a chapter in Handel in Context (CUP, forthcoming) and a Halle conference paper)
  • Conference award to Ivan Curkovic to help his attendance at the Handel Institute conference
  • Financial and academic support for the Cambridge Handel Opera Company production of Rodelinda
  • George Frideric Handel: Collected Documents: vol. 3 was prepared for publication [2019], vol. 4 was proofed, and work continued on vol. 5 (the last)
  • Hallische Händel-Ausgabe: six Council members continued work on editions: Carrie Churnside (Muzio Scevola), Matthew Gardner (Deborah), Andrew V. Jones (Cantatas for solo voice and continuo), Reinhard Strohm (Scipione), David Vickers (Partenope) and Silas Wollston (Hercules)
  • Handel Institute Newsletter 2018 issues included articles by Alison DeSimone, Natassa Varka, Warren Kirkendale, and Michael Talbot (see ‘Newsletter’); all past issues were digitised and, with authors’ permission, posted on the new website. Subscribers were given access to all issues, the general public to selected examples. The Index was made available to all.
    Conference award to Ivan Curkovic to help his attendance at the Handel Institute conference
  • Gerald Coke Handel Foundation (GCHF): the Handel Institute’s nominees (Andrew V. Jones and Colin Timms) continued to represent the Institute on the board of the GCHF, the body that supports the maintenance and development of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at The Foundling Museum