1774 - a grand concert at the hall
George Frederic Handel had links with Leicestershire through the writer and patron of music and literature, Charles Jennens of Gopsall Hall. Jennens wrote and prepared the texts for the Messiah and several other of Handel's important works. He also created the most comprehensive library of Handel scores and manuscripts.
Between 1759 and 1774 the Leicester printer John Gregory printed and sold full texts of the libretti of four Handel oratorios: Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus and Esther and Jephthah. All were produced for specific Leicestershire performances of the works.
The 1774 Anniversary festival of the Leicester Infirmary, which brought together many of the leading interpreters and scholars of Handel, included an evening concert at the Great Hall that is widely regarded as the most important musical event ever held in Leicester.