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Not so long ago, Han­del was known ba­si­cally as the com­poser of Mes­siah, but, since 1978, the Lon­don Han­del Fes­ti­val has been ded­i­cated to restor­ing the rep­u­ta­tion his many-sided achieve­ment de­serves. This year’s fes­ti­val, from March 18 to April 24, in­cludes such ne­glected mas­ter­works as his opera Fara­mondo and or­a­to­rio Joseph and his Brethren, pro­grammes fea­tur­ing the many il­lus­tri­ous singers the fes­ti­val has dis­cov­ered and con­certs cel­e­brat­ing Han­del in the com­pany of such con­tem­po­raries as Bach and Tele­mann. Venues in­clude the Cado­gan and Wig­more Halls and St Ge­orge’s Hanover Square (01460 54660; www.lon­don-han­del-fes­ti­val.com)

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