Coram’s 20th annual Handel Birthday Concert raises £12,000 for vulnerable children

Published: Wednesday 1st March 2017

On Monday 27 February, Coram hosted its 20th annual Handel Birthday Concert to celebrate the musical legacy of one of the charity’s first patrons.

This year’s event featured a brand new opera inspired by the adventures of Casanova, with music by Handel, Vivaldi and their contemporaries arranged by conductor Julian Perkins.

200 guests attended the evening, with a total of £12,000 raised – vital funds to support Coram’s work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

Handel was one of the first supporters of Coram, which was known, in his day, as the Foundling Hospital. By staging The Messiah every year from 1749 until his death, Handel raised a total of £7,000 (over a million pounds in today’s money) allowing the Foundling Hospital to continue to provide a home for vulnerable, abandoned children.

Our rich musical heritage continues today with our music therapy sessions to help children deal with feelings of loss, frustration and emotional trauma.

Thank you to Coram Life Governor Philippa Dodds John, organiser of the Handel Birthday Concert for the past 20 years, to our sponsors Ansvar Insurance and Rede Partners, and to Konditor & Cook for donating the Handel birthday cake.

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