Schubert In The City


September 2022 – July 2023

– The Schubert Symphonies

The Hanover Band performs 9 Symphonies, in 9 Livery Halls, played over 9 months – across the City of London. 


Celebrating Schubert on his 225th Anniversary (1797-2022)

The period approach to performance taken by the Hanover Band will bring to life Schubert’s music in beautiful and historic surroundings, presenting a genuine opportunity for rich cultural discovery and connection.

The series is an opportunity for Livery Halls to open their doors to the wider community.  This performance setting has been chosen because of the Halls’ size and similarity to venues Schubert would have expected his music to be played in, with more intimate audiences, rather than the vast concert halls of today. 

Each Schubert concert will additionally include choristers from St Paul’s Cathedral who will perform Schubert’s well-known Ave Maria.  This performance opportunity will showcase some of these choristers, in a rare opportunity to perform with full orchestral accompaniment. 

Before each concert, each Livery Hall will host a Discovery Session for primary aged children, held on the day of the concert, providing an exciting opportunity for the children to meet the musicians and discover more about the life and work of Franz Schubert.

The orchestra is thrilled to be returning in person, performing live, beginning with Grocers’ Hall on 26 Sept 2022. 


01: The Hanover Band – Grocers’ Hall
Monday 26 September 2022

MENDELSSOHN – Overture The Hebrides (‘Fingal’s Cave) Op.26
SCHUBERT – Konzertstück in D for violin and orchestra D.345
SCHUBERT – Symphony No.2 in B flat

02: The Hanover Band – Clothworkers’ Hall
Monday 17 October 2022

WEBER – Overture Die Freischütz
SCHUBERT – Polonaise in B flat for violin and orchestra D.580
SCHUBERT – Symphony No.4 in C minor (‘Tragic’)

03: The Hanover Band Stationers’ Hall
Monday 21 November 2022

SCHUBERT – Overture in D D.556
WEBER – Concertino in E flat clarinet and orchestra
SCHUBERT – Symphony No.5 in B flat

04: The Hanover Band Mansion House
Monday 30 January 2023

SCHUBERT – Symphony in C, ‘Great C major’ 

05: The Hanover Band Haberdashers’ Hall
Monday 27 February 2023

SCHUBERT – Overture Alfonso und Estrella (Rosamunde)
JOHANN WENZEL KALLIWODA – Concertino in F for oboe and orchestra
SCHUBERT – Symphony in B minor (Unfinished) 

06: The Hanover Band Leathersellers’ Hall
Monday 20 March 2023

SCHUBERT  – Overture Der Spiegelritter
BEETHOVEN – ‘Freudvoll und leidvoll’ from incidental music to Egmont
‘O wär ich schon mit dir vereint’ from Fidelio

SCHUBERT – Offertory in C ‘Totus in corde langueo’ D.136
SCHUBERT – Symphony No.1 in D 

07: The Hanover Band Goldsmiths’ Hall
Monday 22 May 2022

WEBER – Overture Oberon
WEBER (orch. Berlioz) – Invitation to the Dance
SCHUBERT – ‘Symphony No.10’ in D D.936a 

08: The Hanover Band – Drapers’ Hall
Monday 26 June 2023

MENDELSSOHN – Overture Midsummer Night’s Dream Op.21
SCHUBERT – Rondo in A for violin and strings D.438
SCHUBERT – Symphony No.6 in C 

09: The Hanover Band – Ironmongers’ Hall
Monday 10 July 2023

SCHUBERT – Overture Die Zwillingsbrüder
MENDELSSOHN – Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 (‘Italian’)
SCHUBERT – Symphony No.3 in D 

The Lord Mayor of London, has described the multi-date event as:

“an imaginative city salute to Franz Schubert

These concerts are aimed particularly at young people who will be tomorrow’s musicians and concerts goers.

As a way of opening young ears to fine music, and young eyes to the work and relevance of the City’s Livery Companies, it deserves all our support and I for one commend it whole-heartedly.

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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