We are delighted to announce that the The Hanover Band will hold a series of family-friendly outdoor concerts on bandstands this summer.

The Band will perform Beethoven’s Wind Octet Opus13 and the Mozart Serenade No 10 K361, known as the ‘Gran Partita’, at bandstands along the south east coast, beginning with The Oval Bandstand in Margate, Kent, on Sunday 11 July, 2pm.

The orchestra, who perform classical symphony and choral works on historical instruments from the 18th and 19th century, are also playing concerts on bandstands in Brighton, East Sussex and Crawley, West Sussex in July, and Hastings, East Sussex, in August.

The orchestra has developed a programme which will involve 13 wind players known as the ‘Harmonie’, the original name for the orchestra’s wind section.

Intended to be enjoyed together outdoors, the concerts – which are free to attend – are for all the family, young and old,  an opportunity to come together and experience live music, in a fun, safe way.

“We love the historic tradition of Bandstands, the idea of these structures, created primarily for live music and the community.

For us, the importance is meeting people out on their daily walks, sharing a special gift of uplifting classical music, soothing people as we emerge out of Lockdown. Music can be a great healer. We all need all the wellbeing we can right now! ”

The orchestra has been awarded a £75,000 grant by the government’s Culture Recovery Fund to put on the concerts in preparation for its return to the concert hall.

The fund has allowed the orchestra to continue playing in a time when it has not been economically viable, helping to secure its future survival by creating much needed employment opportunities for musicians, providing audiences and communities with experiences to enjoy live music in high quality arts and culture.

The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, Historic England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the British Film Institute.

Last year, The Hanover Band celebrated its 40th anniversary and Beethoven’s 250th birthday, performing and recording all nine of the composer’s symphonies under Covid conditions, and broadcasting them to audiences online.

The recordings were made when restrictions were relaxed during the summer in 2020 and can be found here on our website.

Concerts are free to attend.

Click Here for full information about the Bandstand Series and Summer Outdoor Concerts.

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