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

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
This entry was posted in Distractions and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

I welcome your comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s