Let $\ \mathrm{Hom}(H,G)\ $ be the space of Lie group homomorphisms between compact connected Lie groups $H$, $G$. What is known about homology (or homotopy) groups of $\mathrm{Hom}(H,G)$?

UPDATE: $G$ acts on $\mathrm{Hom}(H,G)$ by conjugation, and the orbits are

a) connected, as $G$ is connected,

b) closed, as easily follows from compactness of $G$, and

c) open for it is an classical result that any nearby representations of $H$ into $G$ are conjugate; this uses compactness of $H$, and a proof can be found in the book by Conner-Floyd, "Differentiable periodic maps", Chapter VIII, Lemma 38.1.

Thus $\mathrm{Hom}(H,G)$ is the disjoint union of the $G$-orbits, and the $G$-orbit that contains a representation $r$ is homeomorphic to $G/Z_G(r(H))$, where $Z_G(r(H))$ is the centralizer of $r(H)$ in $G$.

What I do not yet understand is how to see whether $\mathrm{Hom}(H,G)$ has infinitely many connected components.

UPDATE: the topology on $\mathrm{Hom}(H,G)$ is that of uniform convergence.