24–25 November 2007
The Foundling Museum, London
The theme of this conference was prompted by two anniversaries. The 150th anniversary of the first of the great Handel festivals at the Crystal Palace occurred in 2007, and the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death was to be remembered in 2009. (The Handel Institute itself was 20 years old in 2007.) The conference will give an opportunity to reflect on previous commemorations, their concerns, their meanings and their effects, and to look forward to 2009 and beyond, defining the projects now most needful in the realm of Handel scholarship.