Mr Haydn's London Experience
Composer Matthew King looks at Joseph Haydn's two visits to London between 1791 and 1795, during which he wrote his last 12 symphonies.
In 1791, the 58-year-old composer took a sabbatical from his post as master of music at the Vienna court of Prince Esterhazy and travelled to England. Having spent a life time in servitude, this son of a wheelwright suddenly found himself feted by the highest echelons of British society, including King George III and the Prince of Wales, and lauded by public and press alike.
As well as composing his 12 London Symphonies, Haydn found the visits creatively and emotionally liberating, and he was rewarded for his work with wealth beyond his dreams.