On Friday 16th December at 7.00pm, the London Mozart Players will holding a Christmas extravaganza concert at St John the Evangelist – Upper Norwood, in aid of Barnardo’s. Suitable for the whole family, join the orchestra in the countdown to Christmas for an evening of carols, choirs and Christmas commissions.
In July 2016, LMP relocated their offices to St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood to become an orchestra embedded within a living community with a wide ranging education and community engagement programme sponsored by Regent Land & Developments. Since arriving, the orchestra have organised two sell-out community concerts at their new home – with their launch event in October 2016 attracting an audience of almost 600 people. Our next community event will be ‘A Christmas Carol’ in partnership with the local branch of Barnardo’s. All profits generated from this concert will go towards Barnardo’s and The Triangle, its centre in Upper Norwood, which was developed to appeal to all local families while also supporting the most vulnerable children and young people in the area.
Behind this concert is a project that will bring together many different sections of the Croydon community. In the lead up to Christmas, composer Peter Longworth will be visiting local Croydon schools to assist the children in composing their own Christmas carols. The children will then perform these carols in local care homes, with the project culminating in a performance at this concert.
Alongside a programme featuring Vivaldi’s Winter from the Four Seasons and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, there will be performances of Christmas classics including Sleigh Ride and Walking in the Air. The LMP will also perform a specially commissioned Christmas piece Tu scendi dalle stele (a fantasia on a Neapolitan carol), for solo trumpet and strings written by the British composer Peter Longworth. The Central Band of The Royal British Legion has also recently taken up residence at St John the Evangelist and will be performing a selection of popular Christmas Melodies including Winter Wonderland and White Christmas.