‘Zadok Rules Hallelujah!’

Education Project Dates: April-June 2013
Concert: Thursday 6 June 2013
Location: Arundel Cathedral, West Sussex, UK
Young People: Over 400 young participants from 10 schools across the National Park South Downs

The Project

In June 2012 the orchestra moved its base from Brighton to Arundel, West Sussex and subsequently The Hanover Band Foundation commissioned Alexander L’Estrange to compose a celebratory anthem for Unison children, SATB Choir and Baroque Orchestra to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The text for the work traces all the Kings and Queens of England who have been crowned since William the Conqueror in 1066 up until the present day. Alexander based his work on major Hanoverian (1714-1830) composers such as George Frederick Handel and Thomas Arne. Between April-June 2013 Alexander and two members of the HB education team worked in 10 schools across the National Park South Downs giving choral and instrumental workshops. Meanwhile the Band performed in six churches of outstanding beauty between Winchester-Eastbourne.

The final triumphant event involving over 400 young participants was held in Arundel Cathedral on Thursday June 6 2013.

Comments from Participants

‘“When I heard The Hanover Band play it sounded so cool!”’


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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