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The Haydn Society of Great Britain is putting up the first commemorative plaque in London to the composer Joseph Haydn.
165 backers pledged £5,455 to help bring this project to life.

Halfway There

Posted by The Haydn Society of Great Britain (Creator)
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Clare McCaldin is filling a jar with spare change from her friends & colleagues
Clare McCaldin is filling a jar with spare change from her friends & colleagues

Thank you everyone who has pledged money. We are more than halfway towards our goal.

Just as important, thanks to you who have passed on the link or simply told people who wouldn't otherwise know about what we're doing. 

To that end we were delighted when the London Evening Standard picked up our story this week. "Haydn to get noisy recognition in Soho" has fun with Haydn's grumbling about London street noise and also with our own office:

“The funny thing is,” the disgruntled spokesperson told us, “Salomon, the promoter who brought him to London in the first place, has a slab in Westminster Abbey which says on it that he is commemorated for bringing Haydn to Britain [sic]!”

It may be exasperating that Haydn is not yet commemorated properly in this country but we certainly don't begrudge the enterprising Salomon his own recognition! Indeed, next year is also the bicentenary of Johann Peter Salomon's death. It would be fitting to reach our goal and complete the project in time to acknowledge Salomon's role.

Please get in touch with us via social media (Facebook or Twitter) if you have any further questions about the campaign. Best of all, just tell us how you have come across Haydn. We've had some lovely messages from people pledging money just to celebrate how much they enjoy listening to Haydn's music and we're delighted that people find themselves able to do that.

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