The Unchanging Changing of the Guard Tour

(7 customer reviews)

Piccadilly Circus Tube, meet by the Eros statue

Guided by Rick Jones

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Monday Weekly 10 am 12 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:

26-09-2022

Blue Badge guide and music writer Rick Jones leads a tour of the London which Joseph Haydn knew when the Great Symphonist stayed here in the last decade of the eighteenth century.

HERE’S HOW TO FIND RICK

“I have a Blue Badge on my lapel. I may well wear an 18th-century wig. I have a vuvuzela with the words Property of Joseph Haydn on the side which I blow to announce the start. I have a drum roll for the Drumroll Symphony. Either way, I will draw attention to myself.”

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

The tour incorporates the Changing of the Guard which Haydn also witnessed and which partly inspired his 100th Symphony The Military.

He blest the City with a dozen symphonic masterpieces, half of which were popular enough to acquire nicknames – The Clock, The Miracle, The Surprise, The Drumroll and the London itself, No104, the last he composed. The tour not only tells the story of these works but also meets the composer’s English girlfriend and the German Musicianer who was here before him….

7 reviews for The Unchanging Changing of the Guard Tour

  1. Christine Russell

    I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining and informative walking tour with Rick. It was very interesting to learn so much about Haydn’s life and about the history of this part of London . So many fascinating details were pointed out that I had never noticed before!

  2. Abigail Franklin

    Outstanding tour with an exceptionally outstanding guide. Learning about Haydn’s time in London was enjoyable with landmarks along the way that I never could have found on my own. Also, watching the Changing of the Guard was a real highlight, and our wonderful guide knew just where to stand. A wonderful way to start the day!

  3. Brian

    A great walk, loads of interesting facts about Haydn, an excellent friendly guide with the addition of a great singing voice. Highly recommended.

  4. Chris

    This walk was brilliant – Rick undertook it with enthusiasm, even though I was the only person on it. A good pace and full of great information for someone like me who had heard of Haydn but had not realised he had spent time in London. The changing of the guard was an added bonus. I am partially deaf but had little trouble hearing Rick even against London noise. A great walk for my final morning.

  5. Phillip

    Walking with Rick, always a good jaunt with his musical interludes and great knowledge on the subject. Now knowing much more about Joseph Haydn and his time in London. The marching guards to Buckingham Palace from St. James extra special with fewer tourists made this talk a little bit more special today. I even learned about Grinling Gibbons

  6. Tom

    A pleasant, well-paced walk, which includes many nuggets of information relating to Haydn’s time in London, and the regal, Hanoverian age in which he was much feted in England. The walk was further embellished by viewing the entertaining spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. Recommended for all who are interested in the London and its artistic scene of that period.

  7. Tom

    A pleasant, well-paced walk, which includes many nuggets of information relating to Haydn’s time in London, and the regal, Hanoverian age in which he was much feted in England. The walk was further embellished by viewing the entertaining spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. Recommended for all who are interested in the London and its artistic scene of that period .

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