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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.

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Posted by The Haydn Society of Great Britain (Creator)
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Hello and congratulations on your wonderful achievement!

The Haydn plaque
The Haydn plaque

On March 24th we finally revealed London's first Haydn plaque to the world. It was a wonderful surprise that so many people turn up in Great Pulteney Street, filling the area in front of the building to witness the unveiling by Sir Neville Marriner. Pleasingly, lots of local people stopped to enquire what all the fuss was about and to hear more about Haydn and his life there. We have put photos and video footage of the event on our website (the Haydn Plaque page) for any of you who weren't able to join us.

We were delighted to be joined by the Austrian Ambassador, Martin Eichtinger, who spoke about Haydn's life and work before the Society director Denis McCaldin offered thanks and invited Sir Neville Marriner to unveil the plaque. Other colleagues joined us from as far afield as Vienna, Barcelona and the United States, such was the enthusiasm for this achievement and recognition of Haydn's place in London's history.

Ambassador Martin Eichtinger, Sir Neville Marriner, Dr Denis McCaldin and Dr Walter Reicher from the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt.
Ambassador Martin Eichtinger, Sir Neville Marriner, Dr Denis McCaldin and Dr Walter Reicher from the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt.

As you will know, just a few days later on 31 March it was Haydn's 283rd birthday, so we nipped back to wish him Many Happy Returns...

 Thank you for all your support. We have all done Papa Haydn proud.

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