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.

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

MOZART Symphony no. 36, ‘Linz’ 

RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez 

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, ‘Italian’

The international Classical guitarist joins LMP to perform Rodrigo’s adored Concierto de Aranjuez, with LMP continuing the continental theme with Mozart’s ‘Linz’ Symphony (No.36) & Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony (No.4).

 

Craig Ogden ‘I’m delighted to be playing with the London Mozart Players at the fantastic Fairfield Halls. 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. It is evocative, incredibly moving, bright and lively in turn and always a challenge for the soloist! I’m looking forward to it!’

 

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.’  

 

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

LMP side-by-side by the Sea

Mozart Divertimento K.136
Piazzola Tangos Oblivion and Libertango
Britten Simple Symphony
Holst St Paul’s Suite
Bach Air on the G string
Moore Fiddler’s Hill

The second concert in the LMP’s year-long residency at the Opus Theatre in Hastings. This time the orchestra will be joined by young local string players for an ambitious side-by-side performance by the sea.

Tickets coming soon.

This series is supported by the Arts Council Great Britain, the Magdalen and Lasher Educational Foundation, Foyle Foundation, the Isabel Blackman Foundation and the Hastings Arts and Culture Scheme, the LMP will deliver a programme of concerts and outreach work to this seaside community throughout the 2019-20 season.

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 coming soon.

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

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.