Ruth Smith writer & guest speaker

Ruth Smith is regularly in demand as a writer, lecturer and broadcaster on Handel’s oratorios and operas; her focus is their words and the ideas behind them.

She has a BA and a PhD from Cambridge University. From 1983 to 2011 she was a careers adviser at Cambridge University Careers Service. Her landmark Handel's Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1995, paperback 2005) was awarded a British Academy Prize.  Her short illustrated book Charles Jennens: The Man behind Handel’s Messiah was published in 2012 to accompany the exhibition which she curated at the Handel House Museum, and which led the Times Literary Supplement to acclaim Jennens as Handel’s most significant collaborator.

Other publications include over 20 entries in the CUP Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia. Speaking engagements have taken her to Australia, South Africa, the USA, Italy, France  and Germany. She is a Council member and trustee of the London Handel Institute.