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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Hanover Band founder Caroline Brown dies aged 64

3:11, 6th February 2018

Caroline Brown, cellist and founder of the Hanover Band, has died aged 64 following a battle with cancer.

Her death was confirmed by her husband, Stephen Neiman.

Brown established the Hanover Band in 1980 with the aim of performing and recording Beethoven on 19th-century instruments. The group had recorded a Beethoven symphony cycle by 1987, and went on to record the complete symphonies of Schubert, Weber and Schumann and the complete orchestral works of J.C. Bach. Their work led to Bärenreiter’s publication of Del Mar’s Urtext editions, from which many major orchestras now perform.

The group has given 750 public performances over the past 37 years and recorded around 176 albums for labels including Nimbus Records, Hyperion Records, Sony, EMI Eminence, RCA and CPO.

The Hanover Band has made regular appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival and Lincoln Center and has toured to dozens of countries.

Brown studied cello at the Royal College of Music with Anna Shuttleworth and Joan Dickson, and the Hochschule für Musik, Vienna, with André Navarra. She continued her studies at Trinity College of Music in 1998, gaining an MA in music education.

She was diagnosed with Krukenberg tumour in 2012.

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