On Saturday 7 June, founding member of The King’s Singers Brian Kay will be leading “Sing for Coram” to celebrate 275 years since the granting of the Royal Charter to the Foundling Hospital in 1739. “Sing for Coram” is a choral workshop day focusing on the great Handel choruses and taking place in the church of St. Alban the Martyr close the the original site of the hospital.
Music has always been central to Coram’s heritage and practice. Handel was an early patron and gave fund raising concerts for the Foundling Hospital for the last 8 years of his life, donating the full score and parts of Messiah to the Hospital so that such performances could continue in perpetuity. He gave over £7000 in his day (£1.3million in today’s money!) and for this great philanthropy he was made a governor of the Hospital. Since that time, music has featured strongly in the charity’s life, via bands and choirs in the Hospital schools and now as music therapy in our current work.
For tickets and further information, please visit the event website.