MAY - JUNE 2015


'It was such an amazing opportunity to play alongside professional Band members. I enjoyed every minute of it and hope to do it again. Thank you! '

' It was a great experience playing with others, loved the music'

'Cool venue' 'Very enjoyable- Great Music-challenging'

'I loved participating, really liked meeting the professional musicians and getting the opportunity to chat with them about their careers'

'I just found the entire experience was amazing'

'I like the fact that everything was organised'

To mark the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, members of the Band, generously supported by the Foyle Foundation, have recently worked with over 250 children chosen from Hampshire, Chichester University, West Sussex, Brighton, Enfield and Eltham Youth Orchestras.

All the young players attended weekend courses in May and were coached to perform Marches from Beethoven's Battle Symphony, the Symphony No.5 and Handel Marches.

Six final performances involving The Hanover Band with young players flanking the professional players, took place on the forecourt of St.Pancras Station London on Wednesday 17 June 2015 between 11.00-18.00. It was a marvellous day with much fun had by all.


  Working in the Community

The Hanover Band is committed to sharing its expertise and enthusiasm for historical performance and have undertaken extensive family concerts, workshops, education projects and community work since 1993 in Sussex. Generously sponsored initially by Seeboard, they have worked with leading animateurs, such as Richard McNicol, Mark Withers & David Lawrence & a with the help of a strong education team undertook extensive projects between 1999-2010 while resident in The Old Market, Hove.

Zadok rules-Hallelujah!

In June 2012 the orchestra moved its base from Brighton to Arundel, West Sussex and subsequently The Hanover Band Foundation commissioned Alexander L’Estrange to compose a celebratory anthem for Unison children, SATB Choir and Baroque Orchestra to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The text for the work traces all the Kings and Queens of England who have been crowned since William the Conqueror in 1066 up until the present day. Alexander based his work on major Hanoverian (1714-1830) composers such as George Frederick Handel and Thomas Arne. Between April-June 2013 Alexander and two members of the HB education team worked in 10 schools across the National Park South Downs giving choral and instrumental workshops. Meanwhile the Band performed in six churches of outstanding beauty between Winchester-Eastbourne. The final triumphant event involving over 400 young participants was held in Arundel Cathedral on Thursday June 6 2013.

“When I heard The Hanover Band play it sounded so cool!”




Some previous education projects:-

No Beethoven No Beat!

Centred on Beethoven's nine symphonies, the project was launched in January 1999 by Caroline Brown and assisted by Mark Withers, animateur. It was carried out by members of The Hanover Band's Education Team who worked for one year with eighteen schools.

They worked with pupils from both primary and senior schools, young musicians from Brighton Youth Orchestra and adults from Scope's day centre at Hamilton House, Hove. Eight members of the team worked with 27 adults from the centre on Beethoven 7 for a week in June 1999 and seven of the team worked on the 'Eroica' Symphony with six senior schools in the Autumn Term.

Members of Brighton Youth Orchestra took part in an intensive orchestral weekend course at The Old Market in October 1999 and each section of the orchestra was coached by members of The Hanover Band on Beethoven's Symphony No.8, conducted by Jonathan Del Mar. They were also coached on Beethoven's Symphony No.9 at the end of January 2000. The project drew to a close in February 2000 when all the young people involved joined with The Hanover Band, Brighton Youth Orchestra and young soloists Rachel Nicholls, Wendy Robinson, Andrew Kennedy and Jonathan Lemalu from the Royal College of Music to take part in a grand performance of the last movement of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 'Choral' at Hove Town Hall which was attended by parents, family and friends.

Comments from the young participants:-

‘I loved the orchestra’. ‘I couldn’t believe my eyes’ ‘I liked it when it got loud and soft and high’

‘I was a bit nervous at first, but then I enjoyed it.

‘I have never met a real conductor before.’

2001/2 Season

Three educational projects were undertaken with eighteen schools in the Brighton & Hove area between September 2001– December 2002. Schools were encouraged to participate in all the projects if they so wished, or else chose the projects which catered for their particular needs and other commitments throughout the academic year. Before each project, inset workshops were held at The Old Market to aid the teacher’s preparation for the one-off workshops.

A work pack covering all the topics featured that season were available as a teachers’ aid. The one-off workshops were for complete classes (38 children maximum) with their class teachers. These two hourly workshops for school groups of pupils aged between 8-15yrs were designed to help and encourage teachers who may have no specialist knowledge of music to meet the current requirements of the National Curriculum. The workshops also gave the pupils a chance to invent and perform their own music and have some fun!

Connected to the one-off workshops were schools concerts and family concerts, when pupils and staff had the opportunity to hear ‘live’ The Hanover Band perform well known orchestral masterpieces. A variety of repertoire was on offer:- Mozart’s Vienna, Animal Songs, Four Seasons & an introduction to Bach’s world with Mark Withers.