Han­del comes home

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

Dur­ing Au­gust, visi­tors to the Duke of Buc­cleuch’s spec­tac­u­lar Boughton House in Northamp­ton­shire can en­joy an in­ter­est­ing ex­hi­bi­tion about the com­poser Han­del, whose Ital­ian opera com­pany was pa­tro­n­ised by the Duke’s an­ces­tor, the Duke of Mon­tagu, who com­mis­sioned Mu­sic for the Royal Fire­works in 1749.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes a 1720 harp­si­chord, which may have be­longed to Han­del, the first model for his mon­u­ment in West­min­ster Abbey, the first edi­tion of Mes­siah and the menu from his lunch with the Mon­ta­gus in 1747.

For open­ing hours and ticket prices, tele­phone 01536 515731 or visit www. boughton­house.co.uk

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