There is a lot more to Handel than his justly celebrated oratorio Messiah or The Water Music. This short course will examine his life, time and achievement. Lavishly illustrated with images, music and anecdotes, we will explore the whole range of his output and demonstrate his complete mastery and genius. Importantly, we will see that life as a jobbing composer was not as secure or assured as we might assume from his present-day reputation. The business of music-making in Georgian England was a rough and tough affair and Handel had to negotiate himself and his art through turbulent times. No prior knowledge will be assumed.