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 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:
- Publication of the bi-annual Handel Institute Newsletter
- International triennial conferences
- Study days
- Funding opportunities for research, publications, performances and conference attendance
- Pre-performance talks and programme notes
- Membership of the editorial board of the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe and of the board of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation
- Part funding of the 5-volume George Frideric Handel: Collected Documents (CUP)