Project information

Clocking On! A musical invention for young people

To celebrate the invention of the clock, The Hanover Band - a leading period instrument orchestra - together with 300 young people will create a free public performance based on Haydn's Clock Symphony. The Band specialises in linking historical performances with historical anniversaries.

nine months

Charity information: The Hanover Band Foundation

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  • Need


    Music is under threat in schools. There are less specialist music teachers; less time for music in the curriculum; less awareness of the importance of music and the arts in completing the full education of the young person; dwindling audiences at classical music concerts.


    By capturing the imagination of the young participants and exploring the link between music and invention, The Hanover Band will pass on it's knowledge, skill and love of music. The workshops and final performance will bring the excitement and immediacy of live music to a new audience. Linking the invention of the clock to the project opens up a range of imaginative links with music (timing, accuracy etc) all encouraging future participation in the arts.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To pass on the skills, knowledge and importance of music to the next generation.


    » A series of worshops and rehearsals for 300 young people working with professional musicians culminating in a final free public concert

    What success will look like

    By engaging 12 different schools and c300 young people in the project learning directly from dedicated professional musicians

    Aim 2

    Break down the barriers to participating in and listening to classical music.


    » By choosing a venue for the final concert which has free public access (eg a station, a museum, a shopping centre) where the music just happens!

    What success will look like

    By monitoring the number of audience members at the final concert, distributing feedback and evaluation forms to participants and audience members.

    Aim 3

    Creating a new audience for music in the future.


    » The young participants in the final concert will have gained the skills, confidence and knowledge to play, listen and love classical music for ever.

    What success will look like

    The final concert will be inspirational exciting and fun. All the participants and the audience will hopefully have the confidence and enthusiasm to attend live music again.

  • Impact


    Non specialist music teachers will have been shown ways of inspiring students and hopefully include music throughout the curriculum in the future.
    Students will realise that classical music is not just for the rarified rich elite.
    Professional musicians will continue to engage in new ways with their audiences.
    The partipants will be offered free subsidised tickets to future Hanover Band concerts. Schools will be offered further workshops. The take up of both offers will be monitored.


    1. Not enough schools particpating due to other activity .
    2. Lack of enthusiasm from non specialist music staff
    3. Lack of a suitable venue for the final concert
    Dealt with:-
    1. Contacting schools early in the New Year and planning final concert out of exam time in June.
    2. A dedicated workshop day for staff in Feb to explain the project and give clear guidelines for staff and students.
    3. Liaising with the V&A Museum to hold the concert there.


    Donors will be circulated with information once the milestones of the project are successully completed. They will be invited to the final concert.
    They will be sent a copy of the DVD of the project and a detailed evaluation.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Rehearsal Venues 10 workshops for participating schools
      £8,400 Musicians Professional fees and subsistence
      £6,000 Venue hire Final concert venue hire
      £4,000 Production Staging, lighting, equipment DVD production
      £2,200 Music and resource packs Education packs and music
      £1,500 Transport Coaches for schools to final concert
      £5,400 Managment Administration of projec
  • Background


    The workshops will take place in or near the particpating schools.

    The final concert will take place in a freely accessible public venue in London eg V&A

    The Hanover Band are liaising with the V&A museum with a view to holding the concert there.


    300 young players learning life time transferable skills throughout the project
    40 musicians having the satisfaction of passing on their knowledge and skill to the next generation
    500 audience members being involved in a free performance - possibly hearing live classical music for the first time

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Hanover Band - a period instrument orchestra - have succesfully used historical events to inspire education projects. Recent examples:
    1. 2012 - the commision of a new work to celebrate the Coronation of the Queen based on Zadok the Priest performed by 400 Sussex school children in churches across the South Downs
    2. 2015 - a celebration of the Battle of Waterloo at St Pancras Station with 300 young people performing Beethoven Symphonies at 6 seperate short concerts to travellers

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Caroline Brown ARCM B.Mus

    Artistic Director and animateur, Caroline will design and facilitate all the workshops and programme the concert.

    Professor Colin Lawson

    Colin will facilitate several of the workshops and lead the woodwind section at the final concert

    Stephen Neiman

    Stephen is Clerk to the Hanover Band Foundation and will produce and manage the concert and oversee the budget for the whole project.