Our musical heritage

Music was always part of the Foundling Hospital, right from its early days when Handel was a benefactor.

Children sang psalms, hymns and anthems and were encouraged to learn an instrument and join the Hospital band or orchestra.

Girls singing around the piano

Music would prove a route to success for many children, such as Charles Nalden. Born in 1908 and brought to the Foundling Hospital by his mother at just three weeks old, Charles took up the cornet and joined the school band. As a teenager he was offered a position in an army band, and he went on to become a successful bandmaster before gaining a doctorate in music from the University of London. He became a Professor of Music in New Zealand and was awarded a CBE for services to music.

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