Whether you were interested in music or not, the talk given by John Webb entitled “The magnificent Mr Handel” proved to be a great success, a most interesting and informative morning’s entertainment. Not only were we given an insight into the composers life and background, but also a comparison with a fellow compatriot, Bach, and how they progressed musically in totally different ways. Bach stayed close to his Hanoverian roots and concentrated on church music, whereas Handel was widely travelled and revelled in composing music for the great occasions, eg the Coronation of George 1st and the Messiah . His travels brought Handel to London when in his twenties and remained in England for over forty years until his death in 1759.
John’s interest in music and latterly Handel stemmed from Junior School. He later became an accomplished pianist and organist and was able to illustrate the formation of a tune and how different composers created contrasting melodies using his portable keyboard. Teaching music became a major part of John’s working life and he also played in dance bands demonstrating his wide tastes in music.
This was our last meeting prior to the Summer Break. We meet again on 18th Sepember for the AGM.