“The Hanover Band’s gutsy playing stripped decades of varnish from the score with sound that was full-blooded…” The Times, Edinburgh Festival
The Hanover Band was formed in London by Caroline Brown in March 1980. The orchestra has an international reputation for the excellence of its performances and recordings of 18th and 19th century music, its players are some of the best in their field. It performs, records and undertakes education work regularly in the UK and has toured throughout Europe, USA (East and West) Canada and Mexico, appearing in prestigious festivals and venues such as the Haydnfest, Eisenstadt Austria, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Berlin Philharmoniesaal, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms), Usher Hall, Edinburgh and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center New York, Harvard, Princeton Universities and UCLA Los Angeles, USA. The orchestra’s list of directors over previous years, reads like a Who’s Who of period instrument interpretation:- Monica Huggett, Sir Charles Mackerras, Roy Goodman, Anthony Halstead, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Nicholas Kraemer, Paul Brough, Andrew Arthur, Benjamin Bayl and Mahan Esfahani. The Hanover Band Chorus who regularly work with the Band are comprised of leading choral specialists, who are actively working in the early music world.
The Band is committed to education work and has since 1993 undertaken extensive education work sponsored initially by Seeboard, throughout East and West Sussex. The Hanover Band Foundation with funds from the South Downs National Park in 2013 commissioned Alexander L’Estrange to compose and perform a new choral work entitled Zadok rules Hallelujah and undertook education work working with over 400 school children, choristers and members in schools between Eastbourne to Winchester.
To celebrate the Battle of Waterloo 1815, members of the Band have recently coached over 250 young players from Brighton, West Sussex, Chichester, Hampshire, Eltham and Enfield. They performed together with the full Hanover Band, in London on Wednesday 17 June 2015 at St.Pancras Station to mark the anniversary.
The orchestra’s impressive discography of 176 commercial CDs includes an award-winning Beethoven cycle (Nimbus Goodman), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Sony Mackerras), Handel’s Serse (BMG McGegan), Bach Brandenburg Concertos (EMI Halstead), Weber Horn Concertino (Halstead Nimbus) Bach Cantatas, Handel Opera Arias with Natalie Stutzmann (BMG), Beethoven and Mozart Violin Concertos with Stephanie Chase (Cala), Haydn Symphonies (Hyperion Goodman), the complete orchestral works of Johann Christian Bach (Cpo), Boyce’s Ode for St.Cecilia’s Day, Secular Masque, David’s Lamentations over Saul and Jonathan and 18th Century British Symphonies (Lea Cox/ASV), Schumann Symphonies (BMG), Sullivan’s Rose of Persia and Overtures (Cpo), Mozart Arias,The Supreme Decorator (Opera Rara Mackerras) and our recently released Hyperion CD of the Mozart Horn Concertos with Pip Eastop natural horn conducted by Anthony Halstead.