Saturday 30th November - Sunday 30th March
This fascinating exhibition explores the life, work and character of Handel’s great collaborator Charles Jennens of Gopsall Hall, Leicestershire.
An enigmatic character, Jennens had an enormous influence on Handel’s life and work. As librettist for the oratorios Saul and Belshazzar, he provided the composer with words that inspired some of his most challenging and exciting music. His carefully chosen scripture selection for Messiah was to inspire Handel to even greater creative heights, and together these two men created one of the greatest musical works of all time.
The exhibition will examine this relationship in detail, alongside other elements of his life as a great landowner; the builder of a fine country house with extensive grounds; a major art collector; a Christian philanthropist; a devout defender of revealed religion; an encourager of other authors and composers; a loyal friend; and a forward-looking editor of Shakespeare.
Image used - Charles Jennens by Thomas Hudson, copyright Handel House Trust Ltd
Wednesday 1st January 12:00 am.
We have a whole host of events lined up for next year, so we thought you better have the dates now so you can put them in your diary/on your calendar so you don't miss them!
17th to 21st - Half-term activities & Century Theatre Cinema 19th - LEGO
28th - Haunted Heritage
11th to 28th - Half-term activities
18th to 21st RETRO GAMING weekend
26th Haunted Heritage
26th to 30th - Half-term activities
21st Haunted Heritage
28th Coalville MotorFest
12th to 27th - Festival of British Archaeology
13th - Miners' Gala
13th - Haunted Heritage
20th to 24th Half-term activities
1st - FIREWORKS
6th & 7th - Christmas Fayre
In addition to the above we have Colliery Tours, Train rides, Miners' Mornings and a number of exhibitions throughout the year, so keep an eye on the website and Facebook / twitter for updates
Saturday 18th January - Sunday 23rd February
This photographic exhibition by young, local artist Chris Mear represents his explorations of the changing landscape following the closure of the North West Leicestershire mines and discussions with ex-miners and their families in their homes.
“Coal mining was one of this country’s greatest industries... it was central to the region’s economy and communities. I was born at the point when coal mining ceased in this county. Between 2009 and 2011, twenty years after the final pit closed in Leicestershire, I set about photographing this area and its industrial and social heritage.”