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300th Anniversary of Handel's Water Music LIVE from the River Thames with LEO

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Handel's Water Music - Edouard Hamman's 19c painting of Handel (left) and King George I on the River Thames on 17 July 1717 portrays something of the spectacle of that day.

Bridget Cunningham conducts London Early Opera for BBC Radio 4 Front Row on Monday 17th July 7.15pm.
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Monday 17th July 2017 nearly with us for Bridget Cunningham to conduct BBC Radio 4 Front Row programme 7.15pm Handel Water Music.

A further Caneletto in a series of 5 of London - again paints for us images of what the Water Music may have been like.

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Antonio Canaletto's painting of Lord Mayor's Day c.1750 gives us a glimpse of what the Royal pageant for Handel's Water Music of 1717 may have been like in its atmosphere and this painting celebrates the important relationship between the English crown and the River Thames.

Handel's Water Music and the river pageant reinforce the importance of such a public display of visible royal authority to George I - at a time when he had low public popularity.
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