Music as Beethoven would have experienced it, on instruments of the time.
As part of the celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his birth, the acclaimed Hanover Band is performing an innovative programme of all nine symphonies at different livery companies across the heart of the City of London.
Beethoven in the Citywill feature a different symphony in a different venue each time, performed in surroundings and on period instruments which Beethoven himself would have been familiar with, culminating in Beethoven’s magnificent 9th (choral) symphony, performed on his actual birthday at Mansion House on December 16th, 2020.
The concerts are particularly focussed on encouraging younger generations to experience Beethoven and enjoy classic music in general. For this reason, The Hanover Band is offering tickets free to all those aged 30 and under and is running a series of interactive afternoon school workshops before each event.
THE HANOVER BAND
Benjamin Bayl conductor
2 March 2020
Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London, EC4M 7DD, UK View map
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Video / Reviews
“All the colours…registered vividly on the period instruments, and Bayl steered this familiar music with fresh imagination.”
“The Hanover Band’s gutsy playing stripped decades of varnish from the score with sound that was full-blooded…”
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.