Beethoven 250

The Hanover Band Celebrates Beethoven 250

Beethoven is considered one of the greatest composers of all time by classical music lovers around the world. As 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of his birth, his famous symphonic works will form the centrepiece of The Hanover Band’s programmes for the next three years.

Beethoven’s milestone anniversary also coincides with our own 40th anniversary and showcasing his symphonies will be a fitting tribute to our inspirational founder Caroline Brown.

Our Beethoven programme is in three distinct parts:


1. BEETHOVEN IN THE CITY

Nine symphonies – Nine venues Across the heart of the City of London

March-December 2020

The Band has devised an innovative programme for the coming year which will see all of Beethoven’s symphonies played in venues across London over the coming months. The halls have been chosen specifically to showcase the famous composer’s music in intimate settings that he himself would have been familiar with on period instruments.

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2. BASICALLY BEETHOVEN 

Nurturing performers of the future

Throughout 2020 – beginning Sept 2019

We are passionate about encouraging younger generations to experience Beethoven and enjoy classical music in general. We have created a number of education projects to help younger players to develop skills in the historic performance of Beethoven’s works. These projects are designed to pass on technical performance skills, art and passion to young performers of the future.

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3. BEETHOVEN IN ARUNDEL

A week’s festival of Beethoven

Sat 22 – Sat 29 August 2020

During the 2020 Arundel Festival, we will give music lovers the chance to hear Beethoven String Quartets and all nine of Beethoven’s ground breaking symphonies, performed over 4 days, in a week’s long Festival of Beethoven.

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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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