THE HANOVER BAND

The Hanover Band











About The Hanover Band


Acclaimed by music critics as one of the finest period-instrument orchestras in the world, The Hanover Band has established an unrivalled reputation for the excellence of its performances and recordings of 18th and 19th century music. The orchestra’s list of principal conductors & guest 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, Richard Egarr, Nicholas Kraemer, Graham Lea-Cox, Jeffrey Skidmore & Adrian Butterfield.


Appearing at some of the great auditoriums around the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, South Bank Centre, Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall London. The orchestra has toured the UK extensively, made ten tours of the United States and has performed in Canada, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Greece & Turkey. Resident at The Old Market, Hove, a Grade II listed building established in its own right as a vibrant arts and education venue, The Hanover Band has a long-term strategy to bring musical excellence to the South East of England and develop community links through an extensive education programme.


More than one hundred & sixty recordings featuring The Hanover Band are available on CD. The Band has recorded for Nimbus Records, Hyperion Record, Sony, EMI Eminence, Cpo, Cala Records, BMG/RCA, ASV, BBC Music Magazine & Opera Rara. The Band’s impressive discography includes JC Bach’s 22 CD box set of the complete orchestral works of JC Bach (Halstead/cpo), Schumann Symphonies (BMG Goodman), an award-winning Beethoven cycle (Goodman Nimbus), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Mackerras Sony), Handel Xerses (McGegan), Bach Brandenburg Concertos (Halstead EMI), Bach Cantatas (Stutzmann BMG), Handel Opera Arias (Stutzmann BMG), Beethoven and Mozart Violin Concertos (Stephanie Chase Cala), Haydn Symphonies (Goodman Hyperion),Sullivan’s Rose of Persia & Six Overtures (Higgins Cpo), Boyce’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Secular Masque, David’s Lamentation over Saul and Jonathan and 18th Century British Symphonies (Lea-Cox, ASV) and Mozart The Supreme Decorator (Sir Charles Mackerras Opera Rara).


More information on the Hanover Band:


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http://www.thehanoverband.com/


Contact:


Tel: 01273 329722
Email: caroline@thehanoverband.com



BOYCE David's Lamentation over Saul & Jonathan


Graham Lea-Cox ~ conductor
Patrick Burrowes ~ treble
William Purefoy ~ alto
Andrew Watts ~ countertenor
Richard Edgar-Wilson ~ tenor
Michael George ~ bass

The Choir of New College, Oxford
Edward Higginbottom ~ director


CD GAU 208


"In short, this is a world-premiere recording most urgently to be acquired. The overture alone should be enough to tempt readers but, if not, the poignant chorus ‘For Saul, for Jonathan, they fast, they weep’ should do the trick."
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE JANUARY 2001


"...this is an excellent disc which can only do Boyce's reputation good" Early Music Review


BOYCE Ode for St. Cecilia's Day


Graham Lea-Cox ~ conductor
Patrick Burrowes ~ treble
William Purefoy ~ alto
Andrew Watts ~ countertenor
Richard Edgar-Wilson ~ tenor
Michael George ~ bass

The Choir of New College, Oxford
Edward Higginbottom ~ director


CD GAU 200


'Classical CD of the week' Daily Telegraph 29 April 2000

"This fresh and imaginative piece boasts a seemingly inexhaustible flow of delightful melody and countless felicitous examples of vocal and instrumental word-painting that recall the Handel of Acis and Galatea."
"The performance is fully worthy of this fine music - the excellent singers and players are all on top form - and the sound has a wonderful crystalline clarity." Elizabeth Roche, Daily Telegraph 29 April 2000

" . . .there are moments of very individual poetry, of exalted feeling, of typically graceful, 'rural' English melody, and of sturdy, stirring music." Stanley Sadie, Gramophone May 2000.

"I found Lea-Cox's spirited direction a constant pleasure; he has an effective understanding of style and chooses his tempi discerningly.
"Following an auspicious start, Boyce introduces us to one delight after another. I was enchanted throughout."
Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine May 2000


BOYCE Pindar’s Ode; New Year Ode 1774 Graham Lea-Cox~conductor
Patrick Burrowes, Andrew Johnson ~ boy sopranos; Christopher Josey ~ high tenor; Charles Daniels~tenor; Michael George~bass-baritone
The Choir of New College, Oxford
Edward Higginbottom~director


ASV CD GAU 232


"Recitatives and ariosos abound aplenty here but all is executed with consummate ease and lavish beauty by Cox and his period instrument team…A most satisfying issue that continues to bolster Boyce's reputation." GERALD FENECH, CLASSICALNET.COM


BOYCE The Secular Masque; King's Ode for the New Year; Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (Overture); Birthday Ode for George III (Overture)  


Graham Lea-Cox ~ conductor


Judith Howarth ~ soprano
Kathleen Kuhlmann ~ mezzo-soprano
Timothy Robinson ~ tenor
Stephen Varcoe ~ baritone
David Thomas ~ bass
The Choir of New College, Oxford
Edward Higginbottom ~ director ASV Gaudeamus


CD GAU 176


"This recording certainly should give delight into the next century: not only is the music enchanting, the performances are full of subtlety and eloquence as well as enthusiasm and spirit."
Hi-Fi News September 1998

"The playing of The Hanover Band is admirably crisp."
BBC Music Magazine August 1998

"The Hanover Band are consistently crisp and elegant."
Classic CD July 1998

"To anyone who relishes the particular flavour of English music of the mid-eighteenth century, this record is not one to be missed ... I shall be playing it repeatedly."
Gramophone June 1998

"This recording certainly should give delight well into the next century: not only is the music enchanting, the performances are full of subtlety and eloquence as well as enthusiasm and spirit."
HI-FI News September 1998

"But the highest praise for this recording is due to the players of The Hanover Band and to the conductor Graham Lea-Cox. Together they capture exactly Boyce's combination of sturdiness and elegance."
BBC Radio 3 Record Review 6 June 1998