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Haydn Society Journal No. 39

We are in the fortieth year of the Haydn Society of Great Britain. It is also the most peculiar, largely for reasons that have nothing to do with music at all. Nonetheless there has been a great deal going on, both before and during the social restrictions placed on us by the Coronavirus pandemic, and we are pleased to be able to bring you our 39th edition of the Journal, which our members will have already had electronically.

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Haydn in London – and Eccles Cake

Haydn Society director Denis McCaldin recently spoke to fortepianist Daniel Maltz about Haydn’s visits to London. The discussion – conducted online, such is the custom in late, coronavirus-gripped 2020 – forms part of Maltz’s ‘Classical Cake’ series of discussions, in which the participants leaven their chat by sharing a cake. It’s appropriate that professor McCaldin has chosen a Lancastrian eccles cake for his edition, given his stewardship of the music department of Lancaster University until 2000.

Read more about this episode and the series via Classical Cake, or watch the video below: