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The Hanover Band

London Mozart Players

Sunday, 15th September 2024 @ 7.30 pm

Principals of the orchestra which comprises some

of the best period instrument specialists in the UK.

Leader - Simon Blendis       Soloist - Aki Blendis


Elgar - Serenade

Holst - St Paul's Suite

Vivaldi - Concerto for two violins

Vaughan Williams - Lark Ascending



Kati Debretzeni - violin  Dan Shilladay - viola

Sebastian Comberti - cello  Kate Brooke - bass

Steven Devine - fortepiano.

Ever since Caroline Brown founded The Hanover Band in 1980, its primary objective has been to enable audiences to gain a better feeling for what earlier music actually sounded like when heard in favourable circumstances. Historical instruments are key to this; as one prominent conductor recently put it, ‘they have more colour, shape and less weight than modern instruments. They are more tangy, more piquant. We can play full-out with the greatest passion, and still sound like Mozart’.


The orchestra comprises some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK. They are considered to be some of the best in their field. Their performances and recordings have been described as ‘revelatory, luscious, outstanding and illuminating’.

Through dedication and scholarly work, the Hanover Band have gained an enviable niche for themselves within the early music movement, as being one of the UK’s finest period instrument orchestras.

Their distinguished players are committed to education work and passing on their enthusiasm and knowledge to the next generation of music lovers. They teach in the top music conservatoires in the UK – the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall and Trinity Laban.


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