Handel & Hendrix; Same House, different Centuries.
Lyn Funnell visits the Handel & Hendrix Museum In London.
If George Frideric Handel and James Marshall Hendrix had met on the stairs of the house that they both shared in different centuries, I wonder what they’d have thought of each other?
They were probably as different as two musicians could be. One apartment was plain and the other one was colourful and flamboyant. And yet they had a lot in common; they were geniuses, original composers and outstanding musicians with a distinctive sound.
He rented the first two floors in 25 Brook Street in Mayfair and composed and rehearsed a lot of his works there until his death there in 1759.
Like Handel, Hendrix liked a drink, and it finally killed him as he choked on his vomit while he was asleep.
He was also a wealthy man who never married or had children.
On September 24th 1966 Hendrix moved to London. He lived in 23 Brook Street on the top floor from 1967-1968.
There’s even a carpet sweeper because Hendrix was apparently very neat and tidy since his time in the army, and he’d sweep the carpet after he’d had visitors.
Both parts of the museum are manned by enthusiastic guides with a vast knowledge of their chosen subject, either Handel or Hendrix, and sometimes a bit of both. They all enjoyed talking about the musicians.
Unlike other museums, you are welcome to take photos everywhere.
Special events like concerts are sometimes held here.
Check the website for details.
Handel & Hendrix in London
25 Brook Street
020 7495 1685