Handel and Haydn get $10 million gift

Handel and Haydn get $10 million gift


norman lebrecht

November 27, 2021

An anonymous donor has given $10 million to Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society in honour of its departing artistic director Harry Christophers.

The gift was announced before last night’s performance of Handel’s Messiah at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Christophers has been in charge for 13 years.


  • Una says:


  • Roberto says:

    When you consider this great gift, what’s happening with the Boston Symphony vs. the NY Phil, the incredible ascent of the New England Conservatory in contrast to Juilliard’s problems — it’s pretty clear that Boston is a most amazing city for music in the U.S.!

  • Liam Allan-Dalgleish says:

    The music school with the greatest potential in the world, Westminster Choir College, has been z academic bullshit-talked out of existence by a bunch of philistines passing as “perfessers” and “deans” and presidents because they wanted the money from the land the Choir College was built on. Coming at the same time as you the election of Don Juan Trump as Godfather of America, although The Godfather has class, it nearly drove me over the edge. I’m sure the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston m, one of the earliest music and musicological institution in the United States more than deserves the money it has been given, it drives me literally to suicide to think that Westminster could have had, under the leadership of someone who knew what he was doing instead of that 20-yr-idiot who had to have someone help him hold the pen in order to write something. Think of how wonderful it could have been to have an institution like that for advanced music study started by Pierre Boulez in Paris. It’s not too late. All it takes is money. Rider University, a pathetic example of what happens when the private-industry model with its bottom-line mentality and CEO leadership protocol takes over an activity that should be beyond money, which still controls the campus, would give the place to the Devil for money, if someone with sufficient money and vision would come forward and do something for art and life. On the off chance that this seed falls on fertile ground: Liam Allan-Dalgleish Abailard1066@gmail.com

  • Concerned opera buff says:

    Nice to have someone who cares.