‘Basically Beethoven’

The Projects

Beethoven Education Projects work with young people and students across the UK, exploring new ways of passing on the art and passion of Beethoven’s music to performers of the future.

The projects enable us to work with new people, forming new partnerships and exploring new ways of working together. Reaching out to Music Hubs gives us the opportunity to work in areas completely new to the Band, growing audiences, and expanding our expertise and brand as one of the UK’s leading performing and teaching period orchestras.

This education work is particularly important in a time of funding cuts to schools where music is often no longer part of the national curriculum, while also nurturing the next generation of future performers. 


Education Project Dates: Workshops from September 2019
Location: University of Chichester
Young People: Working with students from The University of Chichester

The University of Chichester and the Band have developed a module in historic performance as part of the BA Hons Music degree. The three-year programme will explore each Beethoven symphony and starts in September 2019.


Education Project Dates: Throughout 2020
Location: Across London, the South East and Greater Manchester
Young People: Working with Youth Orchestras across the UK

Throughout 2020 youth orchestras across the UK will be coached on the Beethoven symphonies. These young people and The Hanover Band musicians will then join together to perform in a series of concerts across the UK, marking the 250th anniversary of his birth.

The Beethoven Youth Orchestras project will give up to 600 young musicians aged 11-18 the opportunity to learn from and play with principal players from a professional orchestra, inspiring a passion for Beethoven. 

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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