Handel Institute Conference
19–21 November 2021
The theme of this conference is prompted by the tercentenary of the Royal Academy opera Muzio Scevola, composed jointly by Amadei, Bononcini and Handel. The aim is to focus on the relationships between Handel, other composers and his audiences.
The conference begins on Friday 19 November with a drinks reception and concert at the Foundling Museum, London, WC1N 1AZ (see map). The paper sessions will take place at Bridewell Hall, 14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8EQ (see map) on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.
Conference fee: £25 per day (£10 students) including tea / coffee. A buffet lunch can be added for £10 per day.
Booking: if you wish to attend the conference, you must book online – we will not accept walk-ins on the day. Booking closes at midnight (GMT) on Thursday 11 November 2021.
N.B. While we currently plan to hold the conference as a live event in London, we are also closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and reserve the right to move the conference online if necessary (in which case a full refund will be issued).
Contact: Prof. Matthew Gardner [email protected]
For delegates travelling from outside the UK, please observe the current regulations for visitors arriving in the UK as outlined here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19 Please also remember to check the entry regulations for your return journey.
For those who need to take a PCR test on arrival in the UK or a pre-departure test to return home, tests can be booked to be taken at St Pancras or Paddington station, as well as at all major airports.
St Pancras station: https://stpancras.com/shop/collinson
Paddington station: https://www.expresstest.co.uk
A test centre is also available at 1 New Change, London EC4M 9AH, approx. 10 mins walk from Bridewell Hall: https://www.expresstest.co.uk
Please remember to book your test in advance.
Covid-19 Safeguarding Requirements
- Booking requirement: only attendees who have booked in advance will be admitted to the conference.
Foundling Museum (19 November)
- Those attending the reception and/or concert must abide by the Museum’s code on Visitor Safety (https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/visit/visitor-safety/)
Bridewell Hall (20 and 21 November)
- Symptoms: individuals who register but then have symptoms of Covid-19, even if fully vaccinated, may not attend the conference. A full refund will be available up until 18 November, after which it may not be possible to refund bookings for the concert or lunches.
- Contact tracing: we will keep the contact details of all attendees on file for 28 days after the conference and make contact if a case of Covid-19 is reported.
- Vaccination status and testing:
- Attendees from within the UK will be requested to provide proof either of double vaccination status or of a negative test result (rapid antigen/lateral flow) obtained within the 24 hours before their first appearance at Bridewell Hall.
- Attendees who arrive in the UK on or after 13 November will be asked to provide both vaccination status and a lateral flow/rapid antigen test result obtained within the 24 hours before their first appearance at Bridewell Hall.
- All attendees: free lateral flow test kits will be made available at the Foundling Museum on 19 November. They will also be available at registration on 20 and 21 November) for those who have not been able to take a test beforehand: please leave enough time for the result (at least 30 minutes before the first paper to be heard).
- Face coverings: face coverings must be worn at all times, other than when delivering a paper or when eating / drinking. Please use a FFP2, KN95 or surgical mask.
- Social distancing: please maintain social distancing wherever possible. The seating will be arranged to facilitate this.
- Ventilation: the air-conditioning system at Bridewell Hall also acts as an air filtration system to circulate the air from the hall and bring in fresh air from outside.
- Disinfection: sanitizer stations will be available around the venue. Additionally, hygiene wipes will be provided to clean the surfaces around the lectern (table, computer, pointer etc.).