ARUNDEL FESTIVAL: Caroline nurtures the next generation

Hanover Band founder Caroline Brown
Hanover Band founder Caroline Brown

The Arundel-based Hanover Band will be nurturing the stars of the future in a special series of concerts for this year’s Arundel Festival this August.

Hanover Band founder Caroline Brown has organised three concerts at St Leonard’s Church, South Stoke, in which young musicians, all of whom excelled as students at the Royal College of Music and other leading conservatoires, will play with an internationally-renowned musician from the Hanover Band.

The young musicians are represented by the Berkeley Ensemble and the Alke Quartet, both of which are award-winning. The established players are Philip Eastop, one of London’s finest horn players, Colin Lawson, director of the Royal College of Music, and Nathaniel Harrison, a bassoonist.

The three concerts are on Tuesday, August 23, Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25 at 11am. Book through Chichester Tickets on 01243 813595

Spokeswoman Lianne Jarrett said: “One of the aims of Caroline Brown, artistic director of The Hanover Band, is to give outstanding young musicians opportunities to perform alongside established artists. By nurturing the next generation of players, The Hanover Band, which has an international reputation for the excellence of its performances and recordings of 18th and 19th-century music, will ensure that the skills necessary to perform period music continue.

“For this series of recitals, Caroline has selected the Berkeley Ensemble and the Alke Quartet, some of the finest young musicians on the concert circuit, all of whom excelled as students at the Royal College of Music and other leading international conservatoires. St Leonard’s Church a South Stoke is a beautiful Grade I listed 11th century church – the perfect setting for these chamber concerts.

“Philip Eastop, natural horn, one of London’s finest horn players, is professor of horn at the Royal College of Music. He has toured the world, both as a soloist and with orchestras and ensembles of all types. His playing encompasses the widest range of styles, including baroque and classical period performance, contemporary art music, chamber music, symphonic, commercial sessions, and jazz and free improvisation. He plays with all the major London orchestras as guest principal horn.

“The Berkeley Ensemble have been hailed as an instinctive collective.

“The Ensemble takes its name from two British composers, father and son, Sir Lennox and Michael Berkeley. Alongside more established repertoire, it explores the wealth of little-known 20th and 21st-century British chamber music; and its recordings have been critically acclaimed.

“The Alke Quartet have performed throughout the UK including in St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, St John’s Smith Square, the Barbican, Bath Pump Rooms, and they are part of the ChamberStudio, Kings Place London. The Quartet were finalists in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Competition and the Ernest Bloch Competition. They have been participants at the International Music Seminar Prussia Cove and were selected for the Britten Sinfonia Lab in 2013. During 2015-17, the Alke Quartet are in residence at the Royal College of Music on the Chamber Music Course.”

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