Handel’s Water Music: next time, we’ll do it on a boat

By Tim Crouch, Marketing Manager

With the (still-humid) September air, the words ‘Season Opener’ seem to be everywhere in Toronto’s cultural scene.

We’re adding an extra word – ‘Festive Season Opener,’ because there’s no better description for Handel’s perennial favourite, Water Music. This classic was so popular at the time of its original performance, it was reportedly requested by King George that the musicians play it three times – all in the same night!

Canaletto, 1697–1768. Westminster Bridge, With the Lord Mayor's Procession On the Thames. 1747.
Canaletto, 1697–1768. Westminster Bridge, With the Lord Mayor’s Procession On the Thames. 1747.

It  would have truly been a sight to see all the musicians on a royal barge, partying on the River Thames in 1717. Fortunately, the Academy of Ancient Music recreated just such an event, as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012. Take a look in the video below!

Next time, we’re going to need to do this along Toronto’s waterfront on Lake Ontario. What do you think?

Join us this year at Handel Water Music from Sept 22-25th at Koerner Hall (KH) or on Sept 27th at Toronto Centre for the Arts (TCA) – click here for tickets.
Tickets starting from $49 (KH), $38 (TCA); Tafelscene (35 & Under) from $26 (KH), $15 (TCA)

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