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Piano Quintets + Principal Players of The Hanover Band


HUMMEL Piano Quintet in D minor Op.74
ONSLOW Piano Quintet in B minor (Slow Movement)
SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 The Trout


About this Concert

Ever since Caroline Brown founded The Hanover Band in 1980, its primary objective has been to enable audiences to gain a better feeling for what earlier music actually sounded like when heard in favourable circumstances. Historical instruments are key to this; as one prominent conductor recently put it, ‘they have more colour, shape and less weight than modern instruments. They are more tangy, more piquant. We can play full-out with the greatest passion, and still sound like Mozart’.

The orchestra comprises some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK. They are considered to be some of the best in their field. Their performances and recordings have been described as ‘revelatory, luscious, outstanding and illuminating’.

Through dedication and scholarly work, the Hanover Band have gained an enviable niche for themselves within the early music movement, as being one of the UK’s finest period instrument orchestras.

Their distinguished players are committed to education work and passing on their enthusiasm and knowledge to the next generation of music lovers. They teach in the top music conservatoires in the UK – the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall and Trinity Laban.



Steven Devine piano

Principal Players of



“Strings are gleaming and engaged, their woodwind sublime, their brass bright and flexible, their percussion alert….”

The Independent on Sunday

10 September 2023
7:30 pm

The Hall, The Henrietta Barnett School, Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7BN, UK
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Additional Info

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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