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.
Generously funded by the David Cock Foundation.
|‘Battle of Waterloo’
|‘Zadok Rules Hallelujah!’
|‘No Beethoven, No Beat’
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.|
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.