We went to a performance of the London Handel Festival recently. I love chamber music. I used to live in Alaska when I was younger, and one of my favorite things was the Sitka Summer Music Festival where you could listen to amazing classical musicians and watch the ocean through the windows in the background.

London is one of the most amazing places in the world for live performances of music, opera and theatre. So I was very happy to be able to catch one of the last days of the Handel Festival’s Lunchtime Series and a trio complete with violin, cello and harpsichord.

And it was really convenient!  The venue was St George’s church near Hanover Square, which is a 10-minute walk from the embassy. So my hubby and I popped over on our lunch break, and for only £9 each were able to sit together on an old wooden pew and soak up the sounds.

St. George's church, Hanover Square, London.

St. George’s church, Hanover Square, London.

I also learned a few things…like the fact that Handel actually moved to London when he was 27 and became a naturalized British citizen. And that St. George’s was his personal parish church where he was heavily involved in the music program throughout the rest of his life. And that he lived practically around the corner on Brook Street for almost 50 years until his death in 1759. There is a blue plaque on the building to identify it, if you’re ever in the area.

So it was pretty fantastic to be able to just wander down the street on a sunny day in London and listen to some of Handel’s beautiful and relaxing music in Handel’s favorite church. London truly is an amazing city.