Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Haydn plaque for London

18 Great Pulteney Street, London where Haydn lived in 1791
18 Great Pulteney Street, Soho
where Haydn lived in 1791
Haydn's first visit to London was in 1791-1792 and he came back in 1792-94. He was initially brought over by the impresario Johan Peter Solomon to perform his music at the Hanover Square rooms. The visits brought about some of Haydn's best known pieces, the Surprise, Military, Drumroll and London symphonies; the Rider quartet; and the "Gypsy Rondo" piano trio. For his first visit, Haydn stayed with Solomon in Great Pulteney Street in Soho. Surprisingly there is no plaque to Haydn in London and the Haydn Society of Great Britain wants to remedy this by installing a plaque to Haydn at 18 Great Pulteney Street where he stayed.

The society has all the necessary permissions in place, and they must commission and put up the plaque. To help raise money they have started a Kickstarter campaign. None of the buildings associated with Haydn actually exists now, but the society has permission to  put a plaque in the building which is currently on the site of 18 Great Pulteney Street.

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