300 YEARS CELEBRATION OF HANDEL’S WATER MUSIC ON THE DROITWICH BARGE CANAL IN VINES PARK.
Free entry; a collection will be made for St Richard’s Hospice.
Arrive soon after 7pm for 7.45pm.
At about 8 pm on Wednesday, 17 July 1717, King George I and several aristocrats boarded a royal barge at Whitehall Palace, for an excursion up the Thames toward Chelsea. Another barge, provided by the City of London, contained about 50 musicians who performed George Frideric Handel’s Water Music. Many other Londoners also took to the river to hear the concert. The king was so pleased with the Water Music that he ordered it to be repeated at least three times. It was a good political move by King George to gain favour from the public; and Handel became even more famous.
At about 8 pm on Monday, 17th July 2017, the Canal and River Trust Community Work boat (the Wanderer) will travel the canal in vines Park with Blackwell Concert Band playing Handel’s Water Music. On the canal bank, near the Waitrose swing bridge, will be a commentary on Handel’s work with playacting.
Click here to see a map showing Vines Park