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Howard Shelley & LMP at QEH

London Mozart Players
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Howard Shelley Piano/Director

MOZART Symphony No. 34 in C K.338
HUMMEL Piano Concerto in F
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in Bb Op. 60

Howard Shelley and the LMP return to the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall for a concert full of treasures from the classical repertoire to celebrate the orchestra’s 70th anniversary year. Featuring music across the centuries including works by Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel, this will be a true showcase of the LMP’s talent and versatility.

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Mozart’s Women

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Jane Glover Conductor
Lauren Zhang Piano
Jennifer France Soprano

Mozart Overture Cosi fan tutte K. 588
Mozart Vorrei spiegarvi, oh dio K. 418
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb K. 271
Mozart ‘Et incarnates est’ from Mass in C minor K. 427
Mozart Ch’io mi scordi di te? K. 505
Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D K. 297

 

To mark the London Mozart Players’ seventieth year, a concert to celebrate Mozart – and his women!

Mozart composed several works to celebrate or commemorate the various women who touched his life. ‘Mozart’s women’ included French piano virtuoso Victoire Jeunehomme, who would have performed K. 271; his first love, soprano Aloysia Weber, for whom Mozart wrote the ravishing ‘Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio’ (which reaches a top E); Aloysia’s sister Constanze, who became Mozart’s wife and for whom he composed the soprano part of his Mass in C Minor; and English soprano Nancy Storace, the inspiration for ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?’ (which includes a solo piano). Not forgetting Mozart’s mother, Maria, who accompanied Mozart through Europe in 1778, sadly dying shortly after the performance of K. 297, the ‘Paris’ Symphony.

The icing on the London Mozart Players’ 70th birthday cake is the return of Jane Glover as conductor for this celebratory concert. Jane was the first female Artistic Director of any orchestra when she joined the LMP in 1984, and she also celebrates her 70th birthday in 2019. Lyric soprano Jennifer France and 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year Lauren Zhang join the orchestra for an evening of sublime music that no Mozart lover should miss.

 

Tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd October 2018

Howard Shelley & LMP at the Southbank

London Mozart Players
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Howard Shelley Piano/Director

Haydn Symphony No.95
Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in C K.503
Haydn Piano Concerto No.11 in D
Mozart Symphony No.35 in D K.385 ‘Haffner’

In the first of two spring afternoon concerts at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall to celebrate the orchestra’s 70th anniversary year, Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley joins the LMP to direct core Mozart and Haydn repertoire reminiscent of the LMP 1949 launch programmes, proving that these gems never go out of fashion.

 

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Piano Explored – Haydn & Hummel

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

 

Marieke Blankenstijn: Violin

Sebastian Comberti: Cello

Gareth Hulse: Oboe

Sarah Burnett: Bassoon

HAYDN Sonfonia concertante in Bb, Op.84 Hob.I/105

HUMMEL Concertino for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Op. 73

 

The latest in LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime series, this year with a twist! In their 70th anniversary season, musicians from LMP join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley in works that feature multiple soloists.

Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante for violin, oboe, cello and bassoon is tuneful and inventive, with the four solo instruments in ever-changing permutations: the wind pair pitted against the strings, the two higher instruments against the two lower, violin and bassoon against oboe and cello, or simply as a quartet of contrasting timbres. The overwhelming sense is that it is wonderful chamber music rather than a succession of flashy solos, with lots of give and take between the soloists and orchestra. ‘Profound, airy, affecting, and original’ wrote the Morning Herald critic at the time. Marieke Blankenstijn, Sebastian Comberti, Gareth Hulse and Sarah Burnett step out of the orchestra for the solo spots in Haydn’s mini masterpiece.

Talented composer Johann Hummel was held in high esteem by his teachers Mozart and Haydn, and his friends Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert. This concertino started life as a mandolin concerto, which Hummel himself then arranged for piano in 1816. It shows the influence of Mozart rather than Chopin but also some original Hummelian froth and sparkle. It’s the perfect work to demonstrate Howard Shelley’s virtuosic brilliance.

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.

 

Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5

 

Piano Explored – Mozart

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

MOZART Piano Concerto No 17 in G, K453

In the week of the LMP’s 70th birthday, Howard Shelley performs the concerto that featured in the LMP’s very first concert back in February 1949. This will be a very special concert!

This concerto, written in 1784, is one of Mozart’s finest. There are no less than six contrasting themes in the first movement followed by a harmonically dramatic slow movement. The finale is a sparkling set of variations on a single tune, which Mozart later taught his pet starling to sing; though he noticed that that the bird always held the sixth note (G) too long, and always sang the ninth and tenth notes (both also G) as G-sharp. Howard Shelley gives the full story behind this charming and much-loved piece before giving a bravura performance with the London Mozart Players.

 

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.

 

Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5

 

70th Birthday at Sheffield City Hall

Howard Shelley conductor and piano

HAYDN Symphony No. 95
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21, ‘Elvira Madigan’
Interval
TURÍNA La oración del torero
MOZART Symphony No. 34


The London Mozart Players have delighted Sheffield audiences many times over in its 70 years of existence and, to celebrate their anniversary, Howard Shelley brings them with two great works by the composer who gave the orchestra its name. From the keyboard, he directs Mozart’s best-loved Piano Concerto, a work that even by its composer’s standards is a wonderfully lyrical and moving creation.

This concert opens a run of four Mozart concertos within the season, an opportunity to sample some of the master’s finest moments with world-class soloists.

One of Haydn’s ‘London’ symphonies provides some spicy contrast, as does a little-known gem, a beautiful 1926 tone-poem for strings by the Spanish composer Joaquín Turína. The ebullient fi nale of the fi rst of Mozart’s late trio of festive C major symphonies rounds off what promises to be a hugely enjoyable birthday party!

Royal Holloway in Concert with LMP

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Op. 90 ‘The Italian’
Dorothy Howell ‘Lamia’
Ola Gjeilo PIANO
Rupert Gough CONDUCTOR
Rebecca Miller CONDUCTOR
Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra
Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway
London Mozart Players

 

Royal Holloway, University of London, has a tradition of inspiring musical excellence spanning over 100 years. Founded as a ladies college, at a time when few universities admitted women, the campus community in Surrey is home to one of the world’s top university music departments.

The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered to be one of the UK’s finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs. The 24 choral scholars undertake a busy schedule under the supervision of Director of Choral Music, Rupert Gough.

The Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra includes scholars from the College’s orchestral scholarship programme. They are conducted by Director of Orchestras, Rebecca Miller, and participate in a unique side-by-side performance scheme with the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra, The London Mozart Players.

Returning to St John’s Smith Square for the third year in a row, these ensembles unite with the London Mozart Players for a showcase including Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony No. 4, Howell’s Lamia and Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna.

Mozart’s Birthday at SJSS

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Michael Collins: clarinet/director

Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C K.338
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K.622
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C K.551

Mozart and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins share a birthday – 27th January, just two weeks ahead of the London Mozart Players’ own 70th anniversary. There’s no better way to mark this triple celebration than to perform Mozart’s best-loved works in one of the LMP’s favourite concert halls.

Completed just two months before his death, Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Though often played on the clarinet, you will be treated to a performance on the sonorous bassett horn, the instrument it was originally written for. Distinguished artist Michael Collins’ will bring all his dazzling virtuosity to this masterpiece.

The London Mozart Players will also perform two Mozart symphonies, No. 34 and his final symphony, the magnificent No. 41 (Jupiter).

 

Tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd October 2018

 

Mozart’s Birthday at SJUN

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Michael Collins: clarinet/director

Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C K. 338
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K. 622
Mozart ‘Jupiter’ Symphony No. 41 in C K. 551

Mozart and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins share a birthday – 27th January, just two weeks ahead of the London Mozart Players’ own 70th anniversary. There’s no better way to mark this triple celebration than to perform Mozart’s best-loved works at our resident home St John the Evangelist.

Completed just two months before his death, Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Though often played on the clarinet, you will be treated to a performance on the sonorous bassett horn, the instrument it was originally written for. Distinguished artist Michael Collins’ will bring all his dazzling virtuosity to this masterpiece.

The London Mozart Players will also perform two Mozart symphonies, No. 34 and his final symphony, the magnificent No. 41 (Jupiter).

 

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Mozart’s Birthday at Grayshott

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Michael Collins: clarinet/director

Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C K.338
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K.622
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C K.551

Mozart and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins share a birthday – 27th January, just two weeks ahead of the London Mozart Players’ own 70th anniversary. LMP return to Grayshott to perform some of Mozart’s best-loved works, the first of three concerts the orchestra will perform with Michael Collins.

Completed just two months before his death, Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Though often played on the clarinet, you will be treated to a performance on the sonorous bassett horn, the instrument it was originally written for. Distinguished artist Michael Collins’ will bring all his dazzling virtuosity to this masterpiece.

The London Mozart Players will also perform two Mozart symphonies, No. 34 and his final symphony, the magnificent No. 41 (Jupiter).

 

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LMP’s Annual Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas concert in the heart of the community. Join us for a wonderful evening packed full of seasonal favourites and carols for all.

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Piano Explored – Finzi & Mozart

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

Simon Blendis: Violin

Judith Busbridge: Viola

 

FINZI Eclogue Op.10

MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K364

The latest in LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime series, this year with a twist! In their 70th anniversary season, musicians from LMP join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley in works that feature multiple soloists.

Finzi’s Eclogue was originally designed to be the slow movement of a Concerto for Piano and Strings. Instead, Finzi decided to publish the piece on its own. It contains a brilliant balance between a flowing and searching piano part, and a simple yet rich string accompaniment. In both, the melody is the stand out feature, primarily for its beauty and moments of drama, which are resolved by the peaceful ending in its home key of F major. Howard Shelley leads from the piano accompanied by the string sections of the London Mozart Players in this beautiful and popular piece.

The ravishing Sinfonia Concertante is a favourite for many Mozart lovers. Although an excellent violinist himself, Mozart actually preferred to play the viola when playing chamber music and he may have composed the viola part in the Sinfonia Concertante for himself. He brightens the viola’s darker tone with a scordatura tuning – writing the part in D major, with the strings tuned up a semitone. This brings the resonant open strings into play. LMP Leader Simon Blendis and Principal Viola Judith Busbridge take on the challenge of this glorious duet.

 

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.

 

Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5

 

The Music of London – Arts Society

Peter Medhurst speaker

Helen Semple soprano

Maciek O’Shea bass-baritone

Jeremy Limb piano

The London Mozart Players 

NADFAS London Area Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Drawing on some of the finest composers ever associated with the musical life of London, Peter Medhurst presents and introduces a range of works from Cornysh to Coward that reflects the diversity and brilliance of masterpieces associated with England’s capital.  Music includes: JC Bach – Flute Quartet in C major W B58, G Pinto – Grand Sonata in E-flat minor Op 3 No 1, J Ireland – Phantasie Trio in A minor for violin, ’cello & piano, and W Walton – A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table.

 

Tickets £38.50

Available from Kings Place Box Office +3.00 booking fee per transaction -No booking fee if purchased in person from Box Office

Sounds of the Silver Screen

London Mozart Players
Conductor: Ben Palmer

 

From Pinewood to . . . Norwood!

London Mozart Players bring the magic of the movies to St John’s, Upper Norwood, in a concert that’s perfect for all the family.

The greatest movies of all time all have incredible soundtracks: just imagine Jaws without its shark-infested semitones; Indiana Jones swashbuckling in silence; ET’s bicycle soaring soundlessly across the moon. Soundtracks can make a movie magnificent, underpinning the pictures with glorious melodies or terrifying tunes that shape how we react to what we see on the screen.

Our movie music matinee features some of the world’s greatest composers, showcasing soundtracks that depicts love, betrayal, drama, tragedy and horror. Revel in the passions of Pride and Prejudice, the sorrows of Schindler’s List and the heroics of Henry V. Popcorn anyone?

Programme includes music from:
War Horse
Pride & Prejudice
Henry V
Platoon
Schindler’s List
Ocean’s Eleven
Psycho
Plus a new composition from local composer David Braid

 

Tickets

EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT – 15% OFF TICKETS UNTIL SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER
Priority £23.00 (includes reserved seating, programme, interval drink)
Adult £15 | Concessions £12 | Young Person (16-25) £10
Under 16s FREE

 

Piano Explored – Haydn & Shostakovich

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

Paul Archibald: Trumpet

 

HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D major, Hob XVIII:11

SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 35

The latest in LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime series, this year with a twist! In their 70th anniversary season, musicians from LMP join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley in works that feature multiple soloists.

Haydn’s exhilarating Piano Concerto in D is perhaps his most popular work for keyboard. A piece that comes nearest to Mozart in style, it ends with an exuberant Hungarian rondo finale that requires a virtuosic display from the pianist.

Shostakovich’s delightful concerto for Piano, Trumpet and strings combines wit, energy and lyricism in a mix of styles that the young composer had become known for. Full of light-hearted musical jokes parodying themes from Beethoven, Haydn and Mahler, this brilliant piece is also characterized by expressive melodies, with the dramatic alternating styles designed to show off Shostakovich’s skill as a pianist and delight performers and audience alike. Principal Trumpet Paul Archibald joins Howard Shelley in this humorous and musical tour de force.

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.

 

Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5

 

Remembrance Concert by Portsmouth Grammar School

Ben Parry Conductor 

The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra & Community Choir

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir

London Mozart Players

 

Ola Gjeilo Mass for Peace (World premiere)

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

Copland Quiet City

Barber Adagio for Strings

Archer Requiem 

 

A concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WW1 Armistice with the world premiere of a new Missa Brevis by Ola Gjeilo. Malcolm Archer’s Requiem, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams, Quiet City by Copland and Adagio for Strings by Barber. PGS Chamber Choir, Community Choir, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, the London Mozart Players conducted by Ben Parry.

Centenary Concert for Remembrance

Jonathan Dove: For an Unknown Soldier

Fauré: Requiem

London Mozart Players

Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society

Wells Cathedral Choir

Matthew Owens – Conductor

 

To commemorate the ending of the First World War, Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society presents the cantata For an Unknown Soldier by Jonathan Dove.

The work was commissioned by the Portsmouth Grammar School to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the war and the school gave the first performance in 2014 with the London Mozart Players. We are delighted to be joining the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society for this concert in our first visit to Wells Cathedral, where we will be accompanying the choir and the Wells Cathedral Choristers.

It was after studying many first hand accounts that the composer knew he needed a more concentrated form of text, so he turned to the poetry of the time. What was produced is a work of poignant musical and emotional acuity. It is beautiful and not to be missed. Jonathan Dove said ‘Facing the enormity of the First World War, I thought it wise not to attempt to say too much. I wanted to tell the story of just one man, an unknown soldier, as vividly as possible’

Jonathan Dove will be attending the performance.

Hymn of Praise

Brahms Song of Destiny Op. 54

Brahms Alto Rhapsody Op. 53

Mendelssohn Lobgesang Op. 52 ‘Hymn of Praise’

 

Canterbury Choral Society

Rebecca Lea                       Soprano
Madeleine Shaw                Mezzo soprano
Peter Auty                           Tenor
Richard Cooke                    Conductor

 

 

This concert performance closes the Canterbury Festival with a romantic flourish. Brahms’ choral writing was centred on his German Requiem, but there are shorter works of similar quality, two of which – The Alto Rhapsody for alto solo, men’s choir and orchestra, and the Song of Destiny, will be performed by the choir and orchestra in the first half of the concert.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang, better known as Hymn of Praise, follows. A favourite of the choral repertoire ever since it was written in 1840, it has a similar structure to Beethoven’s 9th with three orchestral movements preceding the grand, extended choral finale. Hymn of Praise ends with a burst of uplifting energy and fiery choruses, offset by enchantingly lyrical orchestral writing and solos arias.