Handel comes home
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