Sadness as cancer claims UK ensemble founder

We regret to report the death last night (Feb 5) of Caroline Brown, founder of the Hanover Band, after a long struggle with cancer. Caroline was 64.

Her husband, Stephen Neiman, shared the sad news.

Founded in March 1980, the Band focused on music of the 18th and 19th centuries played most on period instruments, with occasional use of baroque and modern flutes where appropriate. Pitch was set at A=430.

It recorded symphonic cycles of Beethoven, Schubert, Weber and Schumann and made numerous TV appearances.

Caroline, a cellist, studied with Anna Shuttleworth and Joan Dickson at the Royal College of Music, before winning a scholaship to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna with Andre Navarra.


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  • Caroline was a truly remarkable lady who founded (in 1980) and then kept the Hanover Band running (though good times and occasionally less good times) for 38 years. That she did so was down to sheer determination, passion, and very, very hard work. Remarkable testament to a lady of astonishing energy and vision.

    Requiescat in pace.

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