PRESS RELEASE: Beethoven Explored Concert Series

What Makes a Musical Genius?

LMP & Jess Gillam

MOZART Symphony No. 25 

GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto

NYMAN Where the Bee Dances 

HAYDN Symphony No. 104, ‘London’

Rising star and saxophone sensation Jess Gillam brings all her virtuosity and vitality to Fairfield, performing Glazunov and Nyman alongside LMP favourites Mozart and Haydn.

Tickets coming soon.

LMP by the sea – Multi-Faith Oratorio

Polo Piatti Multi-Faith Oratorio

The concluding concert in LMP’s year long residency in Hastings – A community performance of the long-awaited multi-faith oratorio written by local composer, Polo Piatti.

More info and tickets coming soon

Bedros Shetilian & LMP

London Mozart Players
Bedros Shetilian  Conductor
Julia Pusker Violin

BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op.110a
PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony 

An eclectic programme from the London Mozart Players under the baton of US Conductor Bedros Shetilian draws together three works from the twentieth century juxtaposed with Mendelssohn’s romantic violin concerto. 

Bartok’s arrangement of dances from Transylvania will bring the colourful variety of Romanian villages to life in the heart of London’s St John’s Smith Square. By contrast Shostakovich’s elegiac String Quartet No. 8, known as his Chamber Symphony, is a powerful and personal work infused with sorrow that reflects his own life under the harsh circumstances created by the USSR’s totalitarian system, and which the composer could not hear without weeping. Another change of mood again, this time with Prokofiev’s dazzling neo-classical first symphony, which was written as a tribute to Haydn and Mozart to counter the lush romanticism of Wagner, while reinventing the symphony for the twentieth century. 

 

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, his last major work, is a cornerstone of the repertoire. From the fast and passionate opening with its haunting melody and breathtaking cadenza through to the thrilling coda of the final movement, there is quicksilver beauty in every bar. Brilliant young violinist Julia Pusker, one of the Hungary’s finest musicians and a founding member of the Ensemble Mirage, which featured in the 2016/17 St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ series, will give a virtuoso performance of this beloved work. 

 

Tickets coming in 2020.

Noye’s Fludde

BRITTEN Noye’s Fludde

WILL VANN conductor

RUTH ROGERS leader

FATHER JOHN as ‘God’

WELCOME CHOIR

ROCKMOUNT & CYPRESS SCHOOLS

 

Storms, boats and an angry God take centre stage in a spectacular performance of Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde. Follow Noah, his family and their unlikely cargo of animals as they fight for survival for forty long days in the ark. Originally conceived as a community opera, this joyful work is tailor-made to show off the array of talent in Upper Norwood, bringing our season at St John’s to a memorable conclusion.

Early bird 15% discount available if you book by Thursday 28 May.

The LMP’s 2019/20 ‘Season of Virtuosos’ at St John the Evangelist is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Croydon Cultural Partnership Fund.

LMP & Craig Ogden

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
JONATHAN BLOXHAM conductor
CRAIG OGDEN guitar

‘A worthy successor to Julian Bream’ BBC Music Magazine

MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C major, K.425 (Linz’)
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op.90 (‘Italian’)

‘I’m delighted to be playing with the London Mozart Players in the fantastic Fairfield Hall. Rodrigo’s Aranjuez Concerto is the pinnacle of our concerto repertoire and it’s a huge privilege to play a piece that is so widely appreciated’ Craig Ogden

Arguably the most famous guitar concerto ever written, Rodrigo’s masterpiece, the Concierto de Aranjuez, comes alive in the hands of classical guitarist Craig Ogden, who will transport us to the sultry orange groves of the Spanish royal palace with this exquisite yet technically challenging work. The second movement, the Adagio, with its famous theme and beautiful cadenzas is particularly evocative, capturing the essence of Spain with its sensual flamenco rhythms and harmonies. London Mozart Players are delighted to be performing alongside Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden – one of the most electrifying classical guitar players of his generation. His albums frequently top the UK classical chart and composers are lining up to write music especially for him.

The continental theme of the concert continues with Mozart’s inventive and exuberant ‘Linz’ Symphony (No.36), composed in just four days, and Mendelssohn’s delightful Italian Symphony (No.4), which the composer himself described as ‘the jolliest piece I have so far written…’.

‘One of the most winning performances I have encountered’
Classic CD on Craig Ogden’s recording of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez

Craig Ogden & LMP

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
JONATHAN BLOXHAM conductor
CRAIG OGDEN guitar

‘A worthy successor to Julian Bream’ BBC Music Magazine

MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C major, K.425 (Linz’)
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op.90 (‘Italian’)

Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, is the centrepiece in London Mozart’s Player’s ‘grand tour’ of Europe. This celebrated chamber orchestra, which marked its 70th birthday in 2019, will bring to life the continental delights of Mozart’s inventive and exuberant ‘Linz’ Symphony (No.36), and Mendelssohn’s vivacious Italian Symphony (No.4) which bookend the iconic Spanish masterpiece. 

London Mozart Players are delighted to be performing alongside Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden – one of the most acclaimed classical guitar players of his generation. Ogden will transport us to the exotic gardens of the Spanish royal palace with this exquisite yet technically challenging work. The second movement, the Adagio, with its famous theme and beautiful cadenzas captures the essence of Spain with its sensual flamenco rhythms and harmonies.

 

General release tickets go on sale on Friday 15th November.

Peace and Harmony

Sanjay Guha Artistic Director

Saleel Tambe Tabla

Dr. Vijay Rajput Vocals

Robin Christian Flute

Harsha Amin Choreography

Subrang Arts Dancers

London Mozart Players Quartet

 

Peace and Harmony’ is an exciting cross-cultural collaboration between a quartet from Fairfield Halls’ resident orchestra, the London Mozart Players, and Subrang Arts Dancers – a collective of Indian musicians and dancers.

 

Exploring the different musical worlds of the ancient but continuous tradition of Indian classical music and dance alongside traditional Western classical music, the musicians and dancers will perform together to present a unique and fascinating East/West fusion of musical art forms. Improvisations on traditional instruments from both sides of the cultural divide will create a musical ‘dialogue’ with the music expressed in dance form, particularly influenced by Kathak style dances from North India.

 

Tickets coming soon

Piano Explored – F.X Mozart

Franz Xaver Mozart Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat Op.25 

The celebrations for Howard Shelley’s 70th birthday conclude with the LMP’s final Piano Explored concert. The piano concerto in E flat by Wolfgang’s son Franz Xaver with its rich and intricate piano figuration will delight those who love his father’s well-known works.  

Franz Xaver was only four months old when Wolfgang died, but his mother, Constanze, ensured that he received excellent music tuition, and his compositions bear the hallmarks of his father’s music, with its perfect balance between piano and orchestra and lavish array of melodies and poignant slow movements. Franz Xaver’s gorgeously expressive and virtuoso piano concerto in E flat is reminiscent of Wolfgang’s compositions, particularly K.271, and has suggestions of works by Weber and Hummel. Like Wolfgang in his own E flat major concerto K.482, Franz Xaver replaces oboes with the softer clarinets, which lend a more sensuous sound to the concerto.  If you’re not familiar with the junior Mozart, this is the perfect introductory piece, and Howards illuminating deconstructions will add to the performance of this rarely heard gem. 

 

Rated No. 3 in the classical charts on release, Howard Shelley’s recording of this work received a 5-star review in the BBC Music Magazine, and the Financial Times described it as ‘ …the real thing, taking the listener on an unpredictable and emotional journey.’  

 

‘[Shelley] brings a real poignancy to the halting, minor-key slow movement, while the finale is brought to life with an unobtrusive felicity…’ (Gramophone) 

Waynflete Singers 50th Anniversary

Parry I Was Glad
SS Wesley Ascribe unto the Lord
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Roderick Williams New Work (First performance – Waynflete Singers Commission)
Barber Toccata Festiva
Tavener Svyati
Parry Blest Pair of Sirens

Roderick Williams, baritone
Andrew Lumsden, organ
Alice Neary, cello
The Waynflete Singers
London Mozart Players
Martin Neary, conductor
David Hill, conductor
Andrew Lumsden, conductor

 

The Waynflete Singers celebrate their fiftieth anniversary with a Gala Concert which re-unites them with former conductors David Hill and Martin Neary. Both musicians have chosen to conduct works that reflect their own particular tastes, while at the same time showcasing the typically wide repertoire of the Waynfletes. Martin Neary’s long association with John Tavener will ensure a very special musical experience while David Hill’s love of English music will illuminate the magic of Vaughan Williams. Our baritone soloist, Roderick Williams, will also supply our choral commission and we are thrilled that he has agreed to act in this dual role for our fiftieth birthday celebration. Our current music director, Andrew Lumsden, will conduct this exciting venture and will also display his virtuoso organ skills in a work by Samuel Barber. The London Mozart Players will provide the orchestral accompaniment under the direction of David Hill – a unique opportunity to hear one Winchester Cathedral organist being accompanied by another!

A Crowne of Sharpest Thorns

Fairhaven Singers
London Mozart Players
Ralph Woodward conductor

 

Goodall Invictus: A Passion

Purcell anthems

Mozart’s Requiem

Mozart Ave Verum Corpus
Bach Magnificat
Mozart Requiem

 

Christopher Dawe conductor

Simon Blendis leader

Anton Bruckner Choir

London Mozart Players

 

More info and tickets coming soon. 

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Oxford Bach Choir

As the OBC’s contribution to Oxford’s celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, we are performing his titanic setting of the Mass. Beethoven wrestled with the Missa Solemnis for several years, and produced a work which is by turns solemn, heaven-storming, and turbulent, but also deeply contemplative. Beethoven wrote on his score “From the heart – may it go to the heart!”, and successive generations can testify that his wish has succeeded.

The OBC – which will be performing the Mass for the first time in over two decades – will be joined by the London Mozart Players and soloists Katherine Crompton (Soprano), Susanna Spicer (Contralto), Justin Lavender (Tenor) and Edward Grint (Bass).

Grayshott Concerts with Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley

London Mozart Players

Ruth Rogers violin

Sebastian Comberti cello

 

Massenet Meditation
Beethoven Triple Concerto
Rossini L’Italiana in Algieri Overture
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4

More info and tickets coming soon.

LMP Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon Trio

London Mozart Players Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon Trio

Tomasi Concert Champetre
Mozart Divertimento K439b
Devienne Clarinet in C/ Bassoon duo.
Beethoven Variations on La ci darem la mano
Milhaud Suite d’après Corrette
Tansman Suite pour trio d’anches
Auric Trio
Ibert Cinq Pièces en Trio

The Peak Music Society is a flourishing music society based at the Cavendish Hall at Edensor on the Chatsworth Estate. Peak Music Society members enjoy a series of high quality chamber concerts throughout the autumn and spring each year, including this concert featuring London Mozart Players’ oboe, clarinet and bassoon trio. Visit the Peak Music Society for tickets and further info.

Celebrating with Beethoven

Performances at: 3.00pm, 5.00pm, 7.30pm

Howard Shelley OBE
London Mozart Players

Howard Shelley OBE performs all five Beethoven Piano Concertos in one day to mark his 70th birthday.

In addition to Howard Shelley’s 70th birthday, 2020 also sees the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, and when the London Mozart Players suggested the idea of a special celebration to Howard (who has given hundreds of performances with them over 45 years and is their Conductor Laureate) he decided that the joy and challenge of performing these five masterpieces in one sweep would be the most thrilling and indulgent 70th birthday present anyone could wish for.

Shelley has described the Beethoven piano concertos as a ‘Giant’s Causeway’ between the Classical and Romantic eras, progressing from the Mozartian qualities of the first he wrote to the almost Lisztian virtuosity and grandeur of the incomparable ‘Emperor’ concerto.

Conducting the London Mozart Players from the keyboard during these three inter-linked concerts, Howard will take us chronologically through the concertos, presenting each with a personal introduction illustrating how Beethoven gave the piano an ever-increasing dramatic and heroic power, even as, in his personal life, he moved from exuberant vigour to silent isolation.

Shelley’s CD set of the complete concertos won 5-star reviews in the musical press. Described by International Record Review as offering ‘performances that are vital, deeply considered and immensely satisfying’, it was also Editor’s Choice and Critics Choice in Gramophone magazine.

On a very special day that honours the best of the best, come and celebrate with Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players.

 

This three-concerts series begins at 3pm; attend all three for just £45 (+ booking fee). 

Book one concert: £20.00

Book two concerts: £32.00

Book all  three concerts: £45.00

(unreserved seating)

Tickets NOW ON SALE.

Reviews from Howard Shelley’s boxed-set recordings of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos:
‘Easily the equal of starrier sets from the past – Barenboim, Kempf, Perahia etc.’ The Arts Desk

‘Shelley’s delicate and beguiling touch immediately draws the listener in, and when the strings answer his perfectly weighted phrase with equally gentle seductiveness before building to a glorious climax you’re already asking yourself why can’t all recordings sound this good?’
Classic FM Magazine

‘Deeply satisfying performances, expressively modulated and beautifully recorded . . . Throughout, Shelley is a master of the notes, free from indulgence and mannerism, but always with spring, sparkle, shape and significance. A special set of performances – for a lifetime’s enjoyment’ Time Out

LMP Chamber Ensemble in Haslemere

Beethoven Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, Op. 16
Ibert 
Cinq pieces en trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Robert Kahn 
Trio Serenade in F minor, Op. 73
Poulenc 
Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano, FP 43
Mozart 
Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, K452

 

“…so for it to leave a lasting impression, the players must bring something new to the table. The fact that the London Mozart Players achieved all this with room to spare, attests to the sheer quality of this top international ensemble, and its direction from the front. Everyone thoroughly deserved their final standing ovation.”
Seen and Heard International

Cellofest

Romberg Cello Concert No.4 in E minor
Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso
Rossini Une Larme

RUTH ROGERS director

RAPHAEL WALLFISCH cello

Cello ensemble: Constantin Macherel, Tim Posner, Anna Crawford, Keira Morgan

 

Who can resist the beautiful, haunting sound of this favourite of the string family? World-renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch will be joined by amazing cellists of all ages and stages at St John’s in a masterful demonstration of the beauty and versatility of the cello. The whole family will enjoy a thrilling selection of pieces that showcase this incredible instrument.

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE. Early bird 15% discount available if you book by Thursday 20 February.

The LMP’s 2019/20 ‘Season of Virtuosos’ at St John the Evangelist is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Croydon Cultural Partnership Fund.

University of Essex Choir & LMP

London Mozart Players
Richard Cooke conductor
University of Essex Choir

FAURÉ Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine
ELGAR The Snow
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite
MENDELSSOHN Hör mein Bitten (Hear my Prayer)

More info and tickets coming soon.