Nurturing The Next Generation

Nurturing the Next Generation is not a bolt-on, but an integral element of the future work of The Hanover Band. Whilst our commitment is to encourage and develop new audiences, we strongly believe that without passing on the abundant knowledge of presenting Baroque and Classical music in a manner that we believe that for example Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert would in every way recognise, that over time, the period instrument movement might be lost to audiences and practitioners of the future.

From a performance point of view, what makes The Hanover Band different from other period instrument orchestras, is that we provide performance opportunities for the emerging generation to perform with us, not only in rehearsal, but in concert. Our training programmes are aimed at inspiring and capturing the interest of the young player. Each and every project devised over the next three years includes a focussed element of training, rehearsing and performance guaranteed to nurture and support the next generation of music makers.


‘Basically Beethoven’

  • Beethoven Module in historic performance at Chichester University as part of the BA Hons Music degree.
  • Workshops from Sept 2019
  • Youth Orchestra performances of Beethoven symphonies across the UK
  • Sept 2019 – Ongoing
‘Discovering Jupiter’

  • Intensive 3-day course for students at the University of Chichester culminating in a performance of the ‘Jupiter Symphony’ by Mozart
  • Working with students from the University of Chichester
  • February 2019 – Sept 2019
‘Clocking On!’

  • An ongoing project which traces the link between music and science.
    Based around Haydn’s Symphony No 101 (The Clock)
  • Working with students from the University of Chichester
  • February 2017

Generously funded by the David Cock Foundation.

‘Battle of Waterloo’

  • Project marking the Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (17 June 1815) in St Pancras Station, London.
  • 250 children from Hampshire, Chichester University, West Sussex, Brighton, Enfield and Eltham Youth Orchestras.
  • May – June 2015
‘Zadok Rules Hallelujah!’

  • Project commissioned Alexander L’Estrange to compose a celebratory anthem (SATB Choir and Baroque Orchestra) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II; performed in Arundel Cathedral, West Sussex.
  • Over 400 young participants from 10 schools across the National Park South Downs
  • April – June 2013
‘No Beethoven, No Beat’

  • Project centred on Beethoven’s nine symphonies
  • Working with schools in the Brighton & Hove area
  • September 2001 – December 2002


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 interpretation continue for the next two hundred years.

As leading exponents of the period instrument movement, the Hanover Band’s vision has been to enable audiences to gain a better feeling for what earlier music actually sounded like when heard in favourable circumstances.

Period instruments are key to this – they have more colours, shape and less weight than modern instruments. They are are more tangy, more piquant. As one prominent conductor recently put it “We can play full out with great passion and still sound like Mozart.”

‘Nurturing the next Generation’ is integrated into every aspect of the orchestra’s artistic programming and ensures young professionals and new audiences have the opportunities to perform and appreciate the music of the period.


PLAYING Opportunities for young talented professionals to play in the Band and be mentored by musicians from The Hanover Band;
LEARNING Interactive projects with schools with specially commissioned choral pieces complementing concert programmes;
PERFORMING Undertaking regular concert performances in London, the South East and developing links with performances partners across Europe with an emphasis on creating access for younger and new audiences;
LISTENING Curate an Anthology of Orchestral Sound 1760-1880 based upon the extensive discography of Hanover Band recordings;
EDUCATING Developing with the University of Chichester, a programme of performances, master classes, and lectures that will form part of the Universities Master’s Degree in musical performance.

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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