Handel Collections and their History

24–26 November 1990

King’s College, London

The first patron of the Handel Institute, established in London in 1987, was the late Gerald Coke, who was described by the Institute’s chairman, Brian Trowell, as ‘the most recent, and no doubt the last, great collector of Handeliana’. One of the most important objectives of the Institute is the support of scholarly editions of Handel’s music, in particular the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe. The preparation of such editions is impossible without a detailed knowledge of the manuscript and printed sources in which the compose fr’s music is preserved and, by extension, of the collections to which so many of these manuscripts belong. Thus, there were two good reasons why it was appropriate for the Institute’s first conference to be devoted to the subject of ‘Handel Collections and their History’. The papers delivered at the conference, edited by Terence Best, were published under the same title by the Clarendon Press in 1993. The absence of papers on the Handel autograph manuscripts in the Royal Music Library, and on the Granville collection, has been made up for in later publications.

Terence Best (ed.), Handel Collections and their History (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).