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Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

SBS April 24, 2017

Handel's Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in Western music, yet few people know the story of how this much-loved work came to public attention or helped save the lives of tens of thousands of children. Historian Amanda Vickery and radio presenter Tom Service present this docu-drama that recreates the performance of Messiah at London's Foundling Hospital in 1750 and reveals how this special fund-raising concert helped maintain the institution and heralded a golden age of philanthropy.

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