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The acclaimed conductor and regular at the BBC Proms tells Handel’s story. Following his arrival into London in 1712 he spent the next four decades at the heart of London’s music scene composing masterpiece after masterpiece, culminating, of course, in Messiah. She talks to James Waters in a session which also includes live performances of some of Handel’s wonderful vocal music.


‘How refreshing, to read a book about music written for a music lover and not a musicologist. In clear, lucid, entertaining prose, Jane Glover makes those of us who lack musical literacy better understand and appreciate Handel’s divinity.’  DONNA LEON, AUTHOR OF HANDEL’S BESTIARY AND THE INSPECTOR BRUNETTI MYSTERIES

Remarkable … Glover’s command of detail is impressive … Her beautiful descriptions of Handel’s music sent me again and again, in mid-chapter, to my LPs and CDs to play the arias she had just described … Handel in London is a delight to read, (Richard Stokes Financial Times)

Written in elegant prose that wears its author’s scrupulous scholarship lightly … Glover deftly weaves musical analysis into her biographical flow. Her greatest achievement, however, is to give life and music a political and social context. (Richard Morrison The Times)