Gerald Coke Handel Foundation

The Gerald Coke Handel Foundation was formed in 1996, by the Thomas Coram Foundation and the Handel Institute, to administer the endowment that accompanies the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, and to assist the Foundling Museum with the care of the collection, which came to the Museum through the Government’s Allocation in Lieu scheme.

The Company’s objects are to advance public education by providing research facilities for academics, musicologists, musicians, students, writers, researchers and all other interested persons concerning and in relation to the life and work of George Frideric Handel, and his associates and contemporaries; also in relation to the musical environment of his time, to the printing and publishing of music in London and elsewhere in the eighteenth century; and all other related subjects of study.

The trustees of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation are Hugh Cobbe (Chair), Nicolas Bell,Andrew Fane, Christopher Hogwood, Andrew Jones, Paul Spencer-Longhurst, Nicholas Morgan, Michael Steen, Colin Timms.

The Foundation can be contacted via the Secretary at

The Foundation is a registered charity (no.1058589)

Image: Portrait of George Frederick Handel c.1736 by School of Thomas Hudson (1701-1779) © The Gerald Coke Handel Collection