Filming Handel in Bath

A film about the life and work of the composer Handel has been shooting in Bath this week with the help of Bath & North East Somerset Council

Following on from the successful screening last month of the German contemporary TV drama ‘Unknown Heart’ which filmed extensively in the area, the Council’s Bath Film Office has been pleased to support period filming for an American drama-documentary on the life of Handel.

Filming "Handel' in Bath.
Filming “Handel’ in Bath.

Handel the Man and His Legacy (working title)  tells the story of this remarkable man and of those of his contemporaries, such as librettist Charles Jennens, sopranos Susannah Cibber and Francesca Cuzzoni, who inspired the man and shaped his music.

Two Productions, commissioned by Groberg Films and working with the Bath Film Office, have found what they consider to be some of the UK’s best locations here in Bath.

Steve Bache, from Two Productions, said: “The wonderful city of Bath provides a rich backdrop for the re-enactments. We couldn’t ask for better locations, and the Bath Film Office has been most helpful in enabling this all to happen.”

Parts of the film were shot on 13 & 14 February outside the Assembly Rooms (featuring a horse and carriage), in Miles Buildings and also in Boatstall Lane – the alley at the back of The Guildhall.

Cllr Ben Stevens Lib-Dem Widcombe Cabinet member for Sustainable Development.
Cllr Ben Stevens
Lib-Dem Widcombe
Cabinet member for Sustainable Development.

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “This filming demonstrates what a magnet the city is to film makers from all around the world. The filming of TV dramas contributes considerable investment into the local economy so we are very happy to support productions like this.

“Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Film Office works closely with production companies to source filming locations in the area and assist with the smooth running of shoots for the benefit of crews, residents and visitors.”