The Hanover Band is setting off on a tour visiting churches in the South Downs this month with a programme of music entitled ‘Baroque Splendours for a Coronation’. The Hanover Band, based in Arundel, West Sussex, are running the tour in partnership with South Downs National Park Authority.

‘Baroque Splendours for a Coronation’ will include music by Boyce, Pachelbel, Geminiani and Bach. Andrew Arthur is to both direct and perform throughout the tour, along with oboist Joel Raymond and Australian violinist Madeleine Easton.

The tour opens on 16 May in East Sussex at St Andrew’s, Alfriston – a church dating back to 1360 and often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the South Downs’. The tour’s dates continue with a visit to St Margaret’s, Rottingdean; St Andrew and St Cuthman, Steyning and St Mary Magdalene and St Deny’s in West Sussex. They will finish in Hampshire with concerts in St John the Evangelist, West Meon and St Michael’s and All Angels, Cheriton.

Alongside the tour, the group are also running a special education project with schools in the South Downs area, which will culminate with a concert and special event at Arundel Cathedral on 6 June.

‘Baroque Splendours for a Coronation’ tours from 16 to 24 May 2013. Tickets and more information about the tour are available at www.chichestertickets.co.uk.

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