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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.

One week to go... it's up!

Posted by The Haydn Society of Great Britain (Creator)
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There's a week to go now until the plaque is finally unveiled. We are very happy to be able to tell you that it's already up at 18 Great Pulteney Street so there's plenty of time for cement and paint to dry before the big reveal.

We watched the plaque being installed this morning and thought we'd share the experience with you exclusively as a big thank you for making the whole enterprise possible.

As the plaque is going up on a fairly modern building (i.e. it's not the original building in which Haydn lodged with Salomon in 1791!) we were able to get permission to drill into the building to fix the plaque flush with the wall.

The plaque is fixed in place with a mixture of adhesive and cement. It's an interesting process. The technician shifts the plaque about finding its best fit. Then there was the extraordinary moment where he let go of the plaque for the first time and it appears to be fixed in place. It was in!

There's much more to be done though. The position is fine-tuned with a spirit-level and then glued in placed with an adhesive gun. Finally the plaque is secured with cement and the dull mortar painted to blend with the wall. We put tape over the plaque to shore up its anonymity until it's ready to be unveiled. 

During the morning the plaque attracted a great deal of attention from passers-by and from those working in the building itself. People stopped to take pictures and to ask about Haydn. This is great as it's precisely the reason we all wanted to put up the plaque in the first place - to generate interest and awareness of the composer and his work. 

We hope you'll be able to come and join us when we unveil the plaque at 1200 on 24 March. Sir Neville Marriner will be joined by the Director of the Haydn Society, Professor Denis McCaldin and His Excellency the Austrian Ambassador, Martin Eichtinger.

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      Pamela Hack on

      Just heard a trailer on Radio 3 at the Lunchtime Concert plugging the event! How exciting to think I know some of the great people behind it. Just wish I could be there, too. Please put photos of the day up as well. Best wishes all round, Pam Hack