A ‘fabulous’ concert by the Hanover Band

On 22nd June 2024 the Friends of SPC were once again delighted to have the Hanover Band back, this time to perform all six of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos. During December 2022 the Hanover Band performed the Messiah and delighted audiences then. On what turned out to be a sunny day in June approximately 100 people attended the Brandenburg concert which was described as ‘magical’, ‘sublime’, ‘remarkable’ and ‘fabulous’.

Before the interval, Concertos 1, 2 and 4 were played. These were led by Julia Kuhn.

Stephanie Cant, a composer and pianist from Hove, gave some glowing praise of the event:

… a remarkable event in many ways…The music was compellingly performed throughout, with such beauty of line, expressive intent and a flow which Bach himself would surely have appreciated. The works form such a magnificent whole, so individual concerti cannot really be singled.

During the leisurely interval a Glyndebourne style picnic was held in the Vicarage garden.

Concertos 3, 5, and 6 made up the second half which was led by Theresa Caudle.

The Hanover Band, which is based in Arundel, West Sussex, are internationally acclaimed and give concerts all over the world. 

They specialise in performing music from the Hanoverian period and include some of the UK’s best period instrumental specialists in their field.

A concertgoer, Stephanie Grant, was inspired to write a review of the event:

The Hanover Band at Steyning

On 22nd June this year the audience at Steyning Parish Church were treated to a truly magical concert. The Hanover Band performed all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos over the course of an afternoon and evening.

The music was sublime and even though much of it will have been familiar to many, the Band provoked new thoughts and surprises too. The individual performers were all superb and it would be wrong to pick out any one in particular, when the very essence of this extraordinary performance was its truly ensemble nature – and all this on period instruments !

This took place in our beautiful Church, and was combined with a Glyndbourne style picnic during a leisurely interval in the Vicarage garden.

Thanks so much to the team who organised this event and who work tirelessly to help preserve Steyning Church. Just sitting absorbing that music in such a beautiful ancient place is a memory nobody will forget.