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A Concert Extraordinaire with Sheku Kanneh-Mason

London Mozart Players return to Fairfield halls for a stylish programme of music with a distinctly French theme to the Phoenix Hall in January 2020, with very special guest, BBC Young Musician 2016 winner – cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

LMP brings a soupçon of Gallic charm to Croydon with a classical concert full of elegant delights. The programme includes Mozart’s Paris Symphony with its grand, thrilling opening and Bizet’s youthful masterpiece, his Symphony in C – a glorious homage to his mentor Charles Gounod. Before Ravel’s beautifully orchestrated Pavane pour une infante défunte, the crème de la crème of young British talent will join the orchestra for Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 – one of the best-loved of 19th-century concertos.

Soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who delighted the worldwide audience at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will bring all his virtuosic skills to Saint-Saëns’ gorgeous work. Rather than a Romantic cliché of soloist in conflict with the orchestra, the composer integrates the cello into the orchestral fabric, and yet at the same time ingeniously keeps the cello front and centre throughout this lyrical and enchanting piece. No need to cross the Channel for style and elegance, just come to Croydon’s finest concert venue.

The Snowman – Live to Picture

The iconic animated film of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, with music by Howard Blake has been a Christmas TV favourite since its premiere back in 1982. As part of their award-winning #LMPOnTheMove series, the London Mozart Players perform the full orchestral score live to picture, along with other family favourites for the Christmas season. A festive classic perfect for the whole family.  

More info and tickets coming soon.

FIRE! The story of The Great Fire of London

London Mozart Players

Guildhall School of Music Students

Conductor  Benjamin Pope

Narrators Michael Dore (Pepys) Annabelle Brown (Jane)

Music by Richard M Brown

Script by Sarah Harding and Fern Dickson

Lyrics by Richard M Brown and Fern Dickson

The powerful story of the Great Fire of London related by Samuel Pepys and Jane, his maid. From the fire’s modest beginnings to the high flames, inept commands of the King and the destruction and re-birth of a brighter and better London.

Fairfield Halls Opening Gala Concert

Guest Conductors: Jane Glover, Gerard Korsten, Howard Shelley, Hilary Devan Wetton

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 ‘Classical’

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

MOZART Arias

WOOLF New Commission, world premiere

 

The London Mozart Players return to the newly-refurbished Fairfield Halls for a celebratory gala opening concert that marks their 70th birthday and their 30th year as Croydon’s resident orchestra.

After four years’ absence, classical music is back in the heart of Croydon. To celebrate the LMP’s return to Fairfield Halls, in this first classical concert the orchestra will perform a variety of adored works that showcase the talent within the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and an exquisite selection of Mozart Arias with lyric soprano Louise Alder will be performed alongside an exciting new commission from young composer Alex Woolf, BBC Young Composer of the Year 2012, who was inspired to take up composition aged 11 after encountering an LMP outreach project in 2006.

Performing this incredible music under the batons of favourite LMP conductors including Howard Shelley, Jane Glover, Hilary Devan Wetton and Gerard Korsten, the orchestra will delight friends old and new with its flair and versatility as it looks forward to reacquainting itself with this magnificent, freshly minted venue.

 

Tickets are also available for the concert ‘After Party’ (£15 including wine and canapés, limited availability), where the celebrations will carry on with the LMP (watch out for some cameo cabaret party pieces) and representatives from BRIT School, Trinity Boys Choir and other friends and supporters.

Grayshott Concerts with Jamal Aliyev

Prokofiev Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Op.33
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mozart Symphony No.35 in D K.385 ‘Haffner’

Turkish-born young British cellist Jamal Aliyev, winner of the third Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club/Classic FM award, joins the London Mozart Players for Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme (Op 33). This work is regarded as the closest the composer came to a full concerto for cello and orchestra.

 

Tickets are £32 or £25 depending on seating location

Optional pre-concert Supper at Applegarth

General booking opens:  21 July 2019  (side aisles only)

Summer Serenade

MozartEine kleine Nachtmusik
Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending
Elgar – Serenade for Strings in E minor
Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C

London Mozart Players
Ruth Rogers Violin / Director

On a balmy August evening, in the iconic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the London Mozart Players will serenade you with some of the most beautiful pieces in the repertoire. Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik is perfect for all occasions, but in the height of summer, there’s nothing better than to drift away to the ravishing romance of Elgar and Vaughan Williams and the passion of Tchaikovsky.

LMP Friends Annual Concert & Lunch

Bach (arr. Mozart) Prelude and Fugue KV404a No. 5 in Eb
Holst Trio in G minor
Sibelius Trio in G minor
Schubert Trio in Bb, D581
Sijie Chen violin
Sophie Renshaw viola
Sarah Butcher cello
The LMP Friends annual lunchtime concert is an exclusive event for those with LMP Friend membership, tickets to this concert are not available publicly.

JAM on the Marsh with Michael Bawtree

Finzi Eclogue for Piano and String Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
James Aburn New Work (world premiere)
Sibelius Impromptu No5
Paul Mealor Symphony No2 (Sacred Places)

A fabulous programme including Tchaikovsky,  Sibelius and Finzi, alongside Paul Mealor’s spectacular 2nd Symphony and a world premiere by Kent composer James Aburn.

Paul Mealor was Festival Curator of JAM on the Marsh (2015-16) and it is a huge pleasure to be presenting only the second performance of his 2nd Symphony. The subtitle of this most expressive of works is ‘Sacred Places’; the piece having been inspired by the vast open spaces of the Rocky Mountains, Canada. It is scored for strings, percussion and piano.

Joining the orchestra, and making her JAM on the Marsh debut, is the outstanding British pianist, Anna Tilbrook. Michael Bawtree will conduct this final concert of the festival; a perfect musical offering to finish his first year as Festival Curator.

 

Croydon PrideFest 2019

Croydon PrideFest returns for its fourth consecutive year on Saturday 13 July. Beginning with a parade through Croydon Town Centre, the festival this year returns to Wandle Park, LMP will be performing during the celebrations.

A Midsummer Night’s Serenade

London Mozart Players
City of London Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor
Tama Matheson, narrator*
Rebecca Bottone, soprano
Maya Wheeler-Colwell, mezzo soprano

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Walton Henry V Suite
Finzi Love’s Labours Lost
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music 

Fittingly, a veritable banquet of Shakespeare concludes the 2019 Summer City in the Churches Festival in this most special venue, his local church. In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote the ravishing incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is here performed alongside words (excerpts in abridged form) spoken by the multi-faceted actor Tama Matheson, whom we also hear in Walton’s Henry V Suite.  Vaughan Williams adapts text from The Merchant of Venice for his Serenade to Music; fans of his composition The Lark Ascending will rejoice in his scoring, in particular the solo violin, but here with the added power of chorus, soloists and profoundly beautiful words:

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.

​Tickets £20 (includes interval drinks)

 

Façade & Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
Walton Façade (words: Edith Sitwell)

Sam West, narrator

Ben Pope, conductor

London Mozart Players

Displaying a wonderful and vivid musical imagination, Saint-Saëns wrote his light-hearted suite Le carnaval des animaux in 1886 with an unusual scoring for two pianos, a sparse string section, glass harmonica and a xylophone. His imagined sounds from elegant swans, roaring lions, rattling dinosaur bones to a fishy pellucid underwater world are now often heard interspersed with the witty poems of Ogden Nash who wrote these companions to the music in 1949.  By contrast, Edith Sitwell’s near nonsense poems entitled Façade: An Entertainment provided the starting point for William Walton’s accompaniments. The two are cleverly interwoven and performed together with the spoken words fitting amusingly over rhythm and melody.

Tickets

£20 Unreserved seating (includes a glass of wine in the interval)

20% discount for groups of 4 or more 50% concession for students

 

A Midsummer Night in SE19

A witty retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream accompanied by Mendelssohn’s incidental music

 

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
Conductor: Howard Shelley
Actor: Tama Matheson

7pm drinks and entertainment
8pm concert performance

LMP will be joined by actor Tama Matheson and our Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley for a truly entertaining performance that’s perfect for Midsummer. Tama’s witty adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a whistle-stop 90-minute tour de force that fuses poetry and drama with music and entertainment, creating an exuberant performance that will have you chortling into your prosecco – this is definitely something for grown-ups only! Accompanying the drama, Howard Shelley will conduct the LMP performing Mendelssohn’s blissful incidental music to the play, which will transport you to the Bard’s forest glade.

The doors open at 7pm for drinks, strawberries and cream and pre-concert entertainment, with the main performance starting at 8pm.

 

Early bird tickets for this concert have now gone on sale (strictly limited to 100 only).

 

Priority Tickets: £25.00 (includes reserved seating, pre-concert drink, programme)

Adult: £20.00 (includes a pre-concert drink)

Concessions (OAP): £18.00 (includes a pre-concert drink)

Young Person (16-25): £10.00

This concert is not suitable for children under 16.

 

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Mozartfest Würzburg 2019

Mozart Sinfonie Nr. 34 C-Dur KV 338

Hummel Klavierkonzert F-Dur op. post. 1

Beethoven Sinfonie Nr. 4 B-Dur op. 60

 

Howard Shelley and London Mozart Players perform a programme of Mozart, Hummel & Beethoven at the Mozartfest Würzburg 2019.

ShenFest 2019

Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Boccherini Quintet in E major

Schubert Cello quintet in C major

 

London Mozart Players Quintet

Ruth Rogers, Sebastian Comberti, Julia Desbruslais, Sophie Renshaw & Antonia Kesel

 

This is a free concert, just turn up to see the performance – donations are requested to help maintain the churches in the parish.

 

Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel: Masters Loved and Lost

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

During their lifetimes, despite setbacks and hardship, Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel all enjoyed success. Mozart was acclaimed as the greatest of composers while Beethoven was proclaimed Mozart’s musical and spiritual successor. During his lifetime, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, a contemporary of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, also garnered praise and respect comparable to the masters. Yet today, while Mozart and Beethoven are still ‘box office’, Hummel is simply the support act.

In this special Sunday afternoon concert, the London Mozart Players and acclaimed pianist Howard Shelley, present all three composers with equal billing. Mozart’s ebullient and glorious Symphony No. 34 in C opens the concert, contrasting with the precision and muscular strength of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. Between the two symphonies, Hummel’s elegant Piano Concerto No. 6 in F sits comfortably, it’s unceasingly melodic and virtuoso piano writing clearly demonstrating why Hummel’s reputation should be reestablished in the classical repertoire.

LMP Friends get 20% discount on top two ticket prices (£32, £45).
(NB: Discount Code needs to be entered PRIOR to selecting seats. When you click ‘book now’ on your event page, the overall seating plan of the Queen Elizabeth Hall appears. At the top LEFT corner of this page, above the event title, is the promo code field. Enter the code then click the arrow to the right of the box to apply the code, then when you choose your seats you then get the LMP Friends discount as a ticket option.)

 

Chopin & Friends: Piano Recital with Janusz Piotrowicz

In a treat for all south Londoners, Pianist Janusz Piotrowicz will give a piano recital on the St John’s Steinway piano to raise money for LMP’s work in the community at Upper Norwood. He’ll be performing a selection of Chopin’s most-loved music, including some favourite Nocturnes, Preludes, Mazurkas, Waltzes and Polonaises.

Janusz is an incredible musician and this is a rare opportunity to hear him play. Young pianists from Croydon will be invited to showcase their talent at this concert, performing before the concert and during the interval. This concert will also include 3 short masterclasses with three promising young pianists who will be chosen to perform a short piece to be followed by words of advice from Janusz. Do come along and revel in the glorious music from the maestro, and support these fledgling musicians.

Tickets

Adult £10.00

Under 16s £5.00

This concert is being held to help raise money for the LMP’s community and education work at St John the Evangelist. Whilst we’ve kept ticket prices low for this concert so it is accessible to the whole community, if you are able to, please also donate on the day to allow us to continue bringing concerts like this to South London.

 

#LMPOnTheMove – Peter & the Wolf

Prokofiev Peter & The Wolf

Rebecca Kenny Narrator

As part of their award-winning series #LMPontheMove, the London Mozart Players return to Croydon’s libraries to tell the story of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ through music. Be transported to another world by Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy-tale and meet the instruments of orchestra along the way. A magical musical journey for the whole family, not to be missed!

Tickets to this concert are free and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please book early to avoid disappointment, we expect to sell out all performances.

 

There will be four performances of Peter & The Wolf at Croydon libraries, follow the links below to book tickets to a performance:

Tuesday 28th May 2019 – 12pm

Croydon Central Children’s Library

Book Tickets

 

Tuesday 28th May 2019 – 2pm

Croydon Central Children’s Library

SOLD OUT

 

Thursday 30th May 2019 – 11am

New Addington Library

Book Tickets

 

Thursday 30th May 2019 – 2pm

Thornton Heath Library

SOLD OUT

Free musical instrument workshop for kids at 1.15pm on 30th May
ONLY 30 PLACES AVAILABLE
Come and try out musical instruments with the London Mozart Players before the concert! To reserve a place on this workshop, please email thorntonheathlibrary@croydon.gov.uk with your name, contact details and the number of children wishing to attend the workshop, using the subject line ‘LMP instrument workshop’

#LMPOnTheMove – Peter & the Wolf

Prokofiev Peter & The Wolf

Rebecca Kenny Narrator

As part of their award-winning series #LMPontheMove, the London Mozart Players return to Croydon’s libraries to tell the story of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ through music. Be transported to another world by Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy-tale and meet the instruments of orchestra along the way. A magical musical journey for the whole family, not to be missed!

Tickets to this concert are free and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please book early to avoid disappointment, we expect to sell out all performances.

 

There will be four performances of Peter & The Wolf at Croydon libraries, follow the links below to book tickets to a performance:

Tuesday 28th May 2019 – 12pm

Croydon Central Children’s Library

Book Tickets

 

Tuesday 28th May 2019 – 2pm

Croydon Central Children’s Library

SOLD OUT

 

Thursday 30th May 2019 – 11am

New Addington Library

Book Tickets

 

Thursday 30th May 2019 – 2pm

Thornton Heath Library

SOLD OUT

 

Free musical instrument workshop for kids at 10.15am on 30th May
ONLY 30 PLACES AVAILABLE
Come and try out musical instruments with the London Mozart Players before the concert! To reserve a place on this workshop, please email newaddingtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk with your name, contact details and the number of children wishing to attend the workshop, using the subject line ‘LMP instrument workshop’