‘Battle of Waterloo’

Education Project Dates: May-June 2015
Battle of Waterloo: 17 June 1815
Concert: 17 June 2015
Location: St Pancras Station, London, UK
Young People: 250 children from Hampshire, Chichester University, West Sussex, Brighton, Enfield and Eltham Youth Orchestras.

The Project

To mark the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, members of the Band, generously supported by the Foyle Foundation, have recently worked with over 250 children chosen from Hampshire, Chichester University, West Sussex, Brighton, Enfield and Eltham Youth Orchestras.

All the young players attended weekend courses in May and were coached to perform Marches from Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, the Symphony No.5 and Handel Marches.

Six final performances involving The Hanover Band with young players flanking the professional players, took place on the forecourt of St.Pancras Station London on Wednesday 17 June 2015 between 11.00-18.00. It was a marvellous day with much fun had by all.

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Comments from Participants

‘It was such an amazing opportunity to play alongside professional Band members. I enjoyed every minute of it and hope to do it again. Thank you!’

‘It was a great experience playing with others. Loved the music!’

‘Cool venue – Very enjoyable- Great Music-challenging’

‘I loved participating, really liked meeting the professional musicians and getting the opportunity to chat with them about their careers.’

‘I like the fact that everything was organised’

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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