Coronavirus Announcement

Following the latest government advice about COVID-19, it is with great regret that many of our events through to August 2020 have been postponed or cancelled. The Hanover Band is seeking ways to keep performing as government restrictions begin to lift…

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Celebrating 40 Years with Ten@10

Bite-sized classical music brought to your own home  The worldwide Coronavirus pandemic has temporarily stopped us playing concerts while we all adhere to the Lockdown within the UK. In the meantime, we are launching Ten@10 – an opportunity to enj…

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A new Beethoven Cycle begins

Beethoven In The City begins – at Stationers’ Hall, London The Hanover Band’s year-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday started at Stationers’ Hall on 2 March, and comprised a school workshop and a concert.  The workshop involved student…

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Launch of Beethoven In The City

A year long celebration of Beethoven is launched at St Ceciliatide Festival at Stationers’ Hall, London The St Ceciliatide Festival this year featured two very different concerts. The first was a grand affair, a Dinner/Concert to launch Beethoven in th…

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Basically Beethoven

Inspiring future generations to enjoy one of the greatest composers of all time The Hanover Band was founded by Caroline Brown to give an authentic voice to some of the greatest classical pieces ever written, played as they would have been – on period…

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Appointed as ‘Orchestra In Residence’

The Hanover Band is delighted to announce our formal appointment as ‘Orchestra in Residence’ at The University of Chichester. The Band will contribute its ongoing educational work, developing a programme of orchestral performance study for students. To…

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Caroline Brown – Obituary

CAROLINE BROWN Cellist who founded a band dedicated to Beethoven CAROLINE BROWN, who has died aged 64, was a cellist who in 1980 founded the Hanover Band to perform and record the music of Beethoven using instruments from the early 19th century. The or…

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Benjamin Bayl new Associate Director

The Hanover Band are delighted to announce that Benjamin Bayl has been recently appointed an Associate Director of the orchestra. Benjamin has worked with the orchestra for several years now and has an excellent rapport with the players. He recently co…

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Online Reviews | Beijing May 2017

Following The Hanover Band’s debut in China in May 2017, here is a compiled collection of comments and reviews shared online: By @Jingjie on WeChat Board – The HB’s concert, conducted by Benjamin Bayl from harpsichord. Particularly enjoy Vivaldi’s conc…

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The Hanover Band’s debut in China

The Hanover Band’s debut in China is at the National Centre Performing Arts, Beijing on 7 May 2017. Opening the Spring Festival with a celebration of Baroque music, the concert, entitled ‘Royal Baroque’, under the direction of Benjamin Bayl, includes H…

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By Royal Invitation

Music of the baroque and classical periods has inspired players and audiences for over 200 years. The Hanover Band’s key objective is to ensure that performances using authentic instruments and period principles of interpretations continues for the nex…

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Review: Rossini ‘Stabat Mater’

Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’, Hanover Band & Chorus/Benjamin Bayl, St John’s Smith Square ★★★★☆ The Telegraph – April 2017 Rossini’s Stabat Mater may be no rarity, but it is rarely given the serious attention it deserves. In the surroundings of the Hol…

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The Hanover Band 2016/17 Season

Unlocking the Sounds of History This season The Hanover Band explores the rich sounds of the 1840’s with performances of Rossini’s extraordinary ‘Stabat Mater’ and ‘William Tell Overture’ in St John’s Smith Square, London and Arundel, West Sussex. Duri…

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#WatchOnline with us. The first #concert in our #chambermusic series is available now.

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#Beethoven250 #Beethovenundercovid

To mark 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, @TheHanoverBand recorded performances of Beethoven’s nine symphonies at @StationersHall and will make them available to view for free as part of the orchestra’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Visit for more info!

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The Hanover Band

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.

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