“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 founded by Caroline Brown in 1980. The orchestra has an international reputation for the excellence of its performances and recordings of 18th and 19th century music. It has performed throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Mexico, appearing in prestigious festivals and venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms),Usher Hall, Edinburgh & Berlin Philharmonie Kammer Musiksaal. The orchestra plans to tour the USA in November 2014 with Monica Huggett director/violin. 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, Graham Lea Cox, Paul Brough, Andrew Arthur, Benjamin Bayl and Mahan Esfahani.
The Band which is now based in Arundel West Sussex, has recently extended its education work, performing concerts and undertaken choral workshops between April-June 2013 across the South Downs National Park from Eastbourne to Winchester . As part of the project, The Hanover Band Foundation commissioned Alexander L’Estrange to compose an anthem for Unison children, SATB choir and baroque orchestra to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation. The work is entitled Zadok rules Hallelujah! and is based on major Hanoverian (1714-1830) composers such as George Frederick Handel and Thomas Arne. The tour culminated in a triumphant event in Arundel Cathedral on June 6 2013, where over 400 school children, choristers and members of community choirs performed our new work with the orchestra. The orchestra plans to start a new education initiative together with Fondation La Joie des Arts to nurture young emerging singers and period instrument specialists from the Royal College of Music London and Cambridge University under 25 years, with an initial series of concerts between June- September 2014 in Rottingdean.
The orchestra’s impressive discography of 167 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), 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 latest recording which will be released shortly of Mozart Horn Concertos with Pip Eastop natural horn conducted by Anthony Halstead.
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.