The Hanover Band bring this Gala performance of Handel’s seasonal masterpiece to the wonderful setting of Charterhouse.
The master of this work, Andrew Arthur, conducts the magnificent Hanover Band Chorus, The Hanover Band and soloists Erica Eloff soprano, William Towers countertenor, Bradley Smith tenor and Edward Grint bass.
THE HANOVER BAND
THE HANOVER BAND CHORUS
Erica Eloff soprano
William Towers countertenor Bradley Smith tenor Edward Grint bass
Andrew Arthur director/harpsichord
“Strings are gleaming and engaged, their woodwind sublime, their brass bright and flexible, their percussion alert….”
4 December 2017
The Charterhouse, Sutton's Hospital, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN, UK View map
HANOVER(Not Hannover; Germany) In terms of British history the majority of the music we play is from the Hanoverian period. Hanover also refers to Hanover Square in London, where Haydn performed his symphonies and arias in the Salomon Concerts in the 1790’s.
BAND(ref: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians)
‘An instrumental ensemble, larger than a chamber ensemble. Thus the ’24 violins’ of Louis XIV were called ‘la grande bande’ to distinguish them from Lully’s ‘petits violons’, and Charles II’s similar ensemble was known as ‘the King’s Band’. By extension, ‘band’ came to mean an orchestra in colloquial British usage’.
THE HANOVER BAND a period name for a period orchestra.