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HANDEL

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Assembly Title
Handel

Submitted by
A. Kingston

Age Group
KS 2

Aim
To link Handel's life to the Bible through his work as well as tenacity

Faith Group
Christian

Resources
Picture of Handel, map of Europe, music, letter, piano

Script

N1

Good morning and welcome to 6A’s assembly.

 RESOURCES

N2

We would now normally tell you what the theme of this assembly is about – but that’s a bit difficult.

 

N3

It’s difficult as there are a few themes which we would like to present to you this morning.

 

N4

One of them is about sticking to what you believe in, no matter what people tell you.

 

N1

Another one is about the great composer, George Fredrick Handel, who happens to be our ‘composer for this half term’.

 

N2

Another theme for this assembly is the word of God.

 

N3

You might ask yourself, “How are all of these topics related?”

 

N4

Well just listen and watch carefully, as everything will unfold.

Display Handel OHP

 

HANDEL PEOPLE UP!

Baby

S1

We’re firstly going to look at the life of a very famous composer, Handel.

 

S2

Let’s meet the Handel family and let’s also go back 322 years!

 

H’s mum

My name is Dorothea Handel and a few months ago, I gave birth to this beautiful baby boy. My husband, George and I named him George Fredrick.

 

H’s dad

Yes he is indeed a wonderful baby. We’re very lucky as we have a good home and money so that our son can be educated at a good school and university.

 

H’s mum

I can just tell that he is going to be great at something.

 

H’s dad

Indeed – he will be a great lawyer. This is what I have planned for him.

 

H’s mum

Oh! How do you know that? He could be a great surgeon like you – or even a great musician if he has inherited any of my talent!

 

H’s dad

A musician? However will he earn enough money? He will be a lawyer of great renown, and that’s final!

 

S3

And this is how Handel's life started. His mother and father used to argue constantly about what Handel would be when he was grown up – even when he was just a tiny baby.

 

H’s mum

My husband is so headstrong. I think that we will have to wait until Handel is old enough for him to decide himself what he would like to do!

 

H’s dad

I heard that!

 

S1

When Handel was just a boy, about 8 or 9 years old he was already showing a great amount of talent playing the harpsichord.

Music Book

S2

Although he had lessons, Handel practiced with his mother, who was a very good harpsichord player.

 

Boy Handel

I want you to hear the piece you set me to learn just two days ago, Mummy.

Piano to play/recording of Harpsichord music

H’s mum

You know your father will be back soon and he wants to see you studying every night!

 

Handel

I know – but if I play it for you now he won’t be back in time to hear.

 

H’s mum

Oh very well.

 

 

HANDEL PLAYS A PIECE PERFECTLY

 

H’s mum

I am truly shocked George. You play so wonderfully well for such a young lad. Please play it for me again!

 

H’s dad

My goodness – what on earth is going on here? You boy should be hard studying, not playing music. What good will that be to you? Get to your books immediately!

 

 

HANDEL RUNS AWAY AND READS

 

H’s dad

Why are you filling up our child’s mind with music and merriment? He will never become anything and will be a shame to our great and noble family!

 

S3

However, Handel's mum and he practised daily out of Handel's dad’s earshot.

 

S1

Handel became even better and by the age of 10 he was already composing music!

 

S2

This went on until he was about 15 years old until one day…

 

H’s father

George – I have secured a position at the Halle University for you.

 

H

Thank you father. Who will be my music teacher there? Anyone famous?

 

H’s father

Oh your teacher is indeed very famous – a very famous teacher of LAW. You must leave your music behind – no matter how ‘talented’ your mother thinks you are.

 

S3

And so Handel went to the Halle university – and studied law as his father had wished.

 

S1

But as the year went on – he soon realised that he hated studying law and often would daydream about the times when his mother and he had composed the most wonderful music ever.

 

S2

He could feel a burning ambition inside him to leave the university and follow his heart in a career of composing and music.

 

S3

You can only imagine how surprised Handel's father was when one morning he received this letter:

 

H’s dad

Dear Father,

Although I have tried very hard at what you wanted me to do, I must confess that my heart is not in it.

[SILLY BOY!] I at this very moment am leaving university and I am going to pursue a career in the only thing which I love, Music! [MY GOODNESS, I CANNOT BELIEVE MY EARS!]

I will contact you shortly to let you know how I am getting on.

With love, your son,

Handel

[I just cannot believe my ears!!]

[Walks off enraged]

Letter in envelope

H’s mum

YES!

 

S1

Handel took many positions including being a violinist, an organist in a cathedral and a composer for operas.

Handel pretends to play violin

S2

But one day there was a knock at Handel's door.

 

Messanger1

I am here at the request of George, the Elector of Hanover. He has heard how great your music ability is and has requested that you become his composer at court.

 

S3

This basically means that the King of Hanover in Germany wanted Handel to be his personal composer – a very important role indeed!

 

S1

Once Handel had got over the shock of such an important man wanting him to be his court composer – Handel set off at once. He dared not refuse such an excellent opportunity, or indeed such an important man.

 

S2

After a short while, George the Elector of Hanover became the King of England as he was related to the British Royal family.

 

King

Now that I am the King of England – I am going to move to London. I wish you to come with me to compose music for my coronation when I am officially crowned King of England.

Map of Europe showing the move

S3

So Handel moved to England and was given a beautiful house in London to live in. As soon as he arrived, he set about writing a very important piece of music called Zadok the Priest. This was the piece of music played in Westminster Abbey when George  1st was crowned King of England.

 

S1

Let us now listen to this very special piece of music. This music is said to be very ‘regal’, which means that it sounds royal.

 

 

ZADOK THE PRIEST and act out the crowing of King George 1

CD of Z the P.

CROWN AND CLOAK

S2

So impressed was King George that at every opportunity, he asked Handel to compose music to accompany every opportunity.

He even asked him to compose music to play during the Royal Fireworks and also music to be played as the King sailed down the River Thames.

The King was so impressed with Handel's musical ability that Handel was employed by the King until he died in 1759.

 

N1

Could you imagine what would have happened all of those years ago if Handel had continued studying law at university as his father had wished?

Play Handel's music very quietly in background

N2

Sometimes we have a burning desire inside us to do something. If it is a dream maybe you should start thinking about following it – where might it lead you?

 

N3

Another part of Handel's life which we haven’t discussed this morning is that he was a very religious man.

 

N4

One of his most famous works – The Messiah includes the Hallelujah Chorus

 

N2

Handel read the bible to get the words for this very important song.

Stop background music

N3

Our topic is ‘Books’ in RE at the moment. Handel put these following words from the book of Revelation in the New Testament to music:

 

Reader

Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (Revelation chapter19:verse 6)

This means that our God knows everything and reigns over everything.

 

 

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation chapter 11:verse 15)

This means that God and Jesus will reign and their reign will never come to an end

Display these words (possibly on OHT?)

 

KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation chapter 19:verse 16)

This means that Jesus is more important a king than any other.

 

Intro

Let us now listen to the Hallelujah Chorus written by Handel. Try to listen to see whether you can hear any of these phrases taken from the Bible

 

 

HALLELUJIA CHORUS

 

 


 

Prayer1

Let us pray:

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us great composers and musicians like Handel. You make each one of us as individuals with our own talents. Help all those who are still finding their way in life.
LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

 

Prayer 2

Lord, give us the strength to carry on believing in ourselves and give us courage to keep with what is right in our hearts.
LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

 

Prayer 3

Lord, help us and others to recognise that Jesus is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

 



 

Prayer 1

Thank you for listening to our assembly

 




S. Daly 2000


Last updated 17-7-12.


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