And the Band Played On

At the behest of George II, the first official performance of The Music for the Royal Fireworks was performed by the composer George Frideric Handel at the Royal Fireworks celebrations in Green Park on the 27th of April, 1749.

The performance was enthusiastically anticipated by thousands of London revellers, but the event didn’t pass without incident: A stray firework ignited the enormous theatrical wooden bandstand, causing the collapse of an effigy of George II.

Handel stood fast amidst the conflagration, baton in hand, while the crowds fled, fearing for their lives.

Handel's_fireworks_01aThe Music for the Royal Fireworks as performed in 1749.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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