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: