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Haydn Plaque in London to be unveiled March 24th, 2015

Mozart & Haydn, two of Europe’s greatest composers, both came to London in the eighteenth century. Mozart’s visit was in 1764, when he and his sister performed as child prodigies for King George III.

Mozart's stay is commemorated by no fewer than three plaques.Mozart plaque on Frith Street

Frith Street Plaque commemorating Mozart


There is no similar plaque in London for Haydn, even though he paid two prolonged visits to the city in 1791-2 and 1794-5.

During that time, Haydn’s contribution to English musical life was considerable. Recognised as one of Europe’s finest musicians, he enjoyed a warm reception and reciprocated with some of his most celebrated music.  His famous set of ‘London’ symphonies were composed during these visits and first performed at the Hanover Square Rooms.  Welcome at court, Haydn also contributed to more than twenty of the Prince of Wales’ morning chamber music concerts where his piano music and songs were regularly performed. King George III and his family encouraged him to settle in England, just as Handel had done before him.


 This year the Haydn Society of Great Britain will put up the first plaque to Haydn on the site of the building where he stayed on his first visit in 1791.  The date for the unveiling is March 24th 2015 at 18 Great Pulteney Street in London.

Sir Neville Marriner will perform the opening ceremony.  Further details can be found on the Haydn Society of Great Britain website.


Denis McCaldin

Haydn Society of Great Britain, Director