The Hanover Band had been planning to perform a Beethoven symphony cycle to mark its 40th anniversary and the composer’s 250th.
But its director Caroline Brown (below) died of cancer two and a half years ago, still planning the cycle from her hospital bed, and then Covid-19 struck and all performances were cancelled.
Undaunted, the pioneering period instrument ensemble are going into Stationers Hall in London this week to complete a recording of eight symphonies (the 9th will have to wait). The band raised £163,000 for 14 days of recording. The symphonies will be released from October.
UPDATE: The cycle is being conducted by Benjamin Bayl, whom Caroline Brown appointed Associate Director of the Band.