Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in western music. Yet few people know the extraordinary story of how this much-loved piece came to public attention or how it helped save the lives of tens of thousands of children. Historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service present this award-winning one-hour drama documentary which re-creates the first performance of Messiah at London’s Foundling Hospital in 1750. Broadcast on BBC Two.

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