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Road Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood #LMPbytheSea

Join LMP for a musical treat for children of all ages, Paul Patterson’s internationally celebrated orchestral version of Roald Dahl’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. A lively and tuneful rendition of the fairy-tale classic that never fails to entertain! This concert was rescheduled from 29th May and is part of LMP’s residency in Hastings ‘LMP by the sea’.

There will be two performances of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ at Hastings Library on Thursday 28 October at 12pm & 2pm.

Tickets to these concerts are free, but will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and will be available to book in August.

 

 

Road Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood #LMPbytheSea

Join LMP for a musical treat for children of all ages, Paul Patterson’s internationally celebrated orchestral version of Roald Dahl’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. A lively and tuneful rendition of the fairy-tale classic that never fails to entertain! This concert was rescheduled from 29th May and is part of LMP’s residency in Hastings ‘LMP by the sea’.

There will be two performances of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ at Hastings Library on Thursday 28 October at 12pm & 2pm.

Tickets to these concerts are free, but will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and will be available to book in August.

 

LMP Live! with Jennifer Pike at Mansfield College

 

Directed by Simon Blendis

Programme:
Vivaldi The Four Seasons (soloist Jennifer Pike)

This concert performance will observe the last official day of home-schooling, and will enjoy it’s Facebook and YouTube Premiere at 7pm on Saturday 4th July via Classic FM.

We are delighted that violin virtuoso Jennifer Pike will be joining us for the third concert in our LMP Live! series. Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. In demand as soloist and recitalist all over the world, she is known as an artist of exceptional integrity and depth, whilst her ability to “hold an audience spellbound” (The Strad) and “luminous beauty of tone” (The Observer) have established her as one of the most exciting artists performing today.

LMP will be one of the first orchestras to reunite to perform together as lockdown eases. ‘LMP Live!’ is a series of three socially distanced classical music concerts in June & July 2020 which will be filmed as live and streamed as Facebook and YouTube Premieres in partnership with Classic FM. LMP will perform favourite music from the LMP chamber repertoire in three unusual venues – Westfield London, St Giles Cripplegate and Mansfield College, Oxford, and will be joined by celebrated soloists Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike. Visit the LMP Live! page for more information on the rest of the series.

LMP Live! with Tasmin Little at St Giles Cripplegate

 

Directed by Ruth Rogers 

Grieg Holberg Suite

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending (soloist Tasmin Little) 

Copland Hoedown

This concert performance will be filmed at St Giles Cripplegate in London and will observe the re-opening of churches to congregation. Enjoy it’s Facebook and YouTube Premiere at 7pm on Saturday 4th July via Classic FM.

LMP are delighted that violin virtuoso Tasmin Little, who postponed her retirement from the concert platform due to the pandemic, will be joining us for this concert at St Giles Cripplegate, performing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. This piece was voted number one in the 2020 Classic FM Hall of Fame, the world’s biggest annual survey of classical music tastes, and 2020 marks the centenary of the work’s first performance.

LMP will be one of the first orchestras to reunite to perform together as lockdown eases. ‘LMP Live!’ is a series of three socially distanced classical music concerts in June & July 2020 which will be filmed as live and streamed as Facebook and YouTube Premieres in partnership with Classic FM.

LMP will perform favourite music from the LMP chamber repertoire in three unusual venues – Westfield London, St Giles Cripplegate and Mansfield College, Oxford, and will be joined by celebrated soloists Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike. This is the second concert in the series, visit the LMP Live! page for more information on the rest of the series.

Peter and the Wolf with Alexander Armstrong #AtHomewithLMP

Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf

London Mozart Players

Producers Timothy Henty & Benjamin Pope

Illustrator Kirin Eldridge

 

After 90 days of broadcasting an amazing array of unique daily musical content during the Covid-19 lockdown, London Mozart Players brings ‘At Home with LMP’ series to a close with a flourish. Singer, actor and presenter Alexander Armstrong narrates the story of Peter and the Wolf in a brand-new film, with Prokofiev’s score performed by the musicians from the London Mozart Players – all playing and filming the various parts separately in their homes during lockdown, and the recordings painstakingly produced and mixed by conductors Timothy Henty and Benjamin Pope. Tim Henty, who has twice conducted ‘Classic FM Live’ concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, has also directed the film. The various roles (human and otherwise) have been performed by a cast of LMP family, friends … and pets! The film also features brand new illustrations by Kirin Eldridge, animated by Cat Fuller. It is the perfect finale to an incredible series!

Watch the premiere via our Facebook and YouTube channels at 10am on Saturday 27th June.

 

 

Alexander Armstrong narrates Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, to bring ‘At Home with LMP’ lockdown series to a stylish close

The London Mozart Players resume ensemble performance (socially distanced) – first in three-concert online series reaches over 1 million people

LMP Live! at Westfield, London

 

Directed by Simon Blendis

Mozart  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Elgar Chanson de Matin

Skalka & Stahl Dobra Dobra

Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

 

Viewers will be able to enjoy the premiere of this concert via Classic FM’s Facebook and YouTube channels at 7pm on Monday 15 June.

LMP will be one of the first orchestras to reunite to perform together as lockdown eases. ‘LMP Live!’ is a series of three socially distanced classical music concerts in June & July 2020 which will be filmed as live and streamed as Facebook and YouTube Premieres in partnership with Classic FM.

LMP will perform favourite music from the LMP chamber repertoire in three unusual venues – Westfield London, St Giles Cripplegate and Mansfield College, Oxford, and will be joined by celebrated soloists Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike. This is the first concert in the series, visit the LMP Live! page for more information on the rest of the series.

Facebook Broadcast #SaturdaySessions with William Vann

Sigfrid Karg-Elert Nun danket alle Gott
J. S. Bach Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730
J. S. Bach Prelude in G, BWV 541
The Old Brigade (march of the Chelsea Pensioners)
Leon Boëllmann Choral and Toccata (Suite Gothique)
Charles-Marie Widor Toccata (Symphony No. 5)

 

Willam Vann organ

 

William Vann, multiple prize-winning accompanist and accomplished choral and operatic conductor, performs a recital of sublime organ music that pairs some evergreen works with some lesser known gems. The programme opens with Sigrid Karg-Elert’s Nun danket alle Gott, which William calls ‘a cleverly constructed mini-masterpiece’. It is followed by two contrasting pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, and Prelude in G, showing how the organ can be sotto voce as well as loud and showy. The slow military march The Old Brigade has long been associated with the Royal Hospital,  it is played there regularly and you may be familiar with it from the Chelsea Pensioners’ march past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. The programme finishes with two toccatas to show off two different aspects of the organ: the Boëllmann is dark and brooding while the Widor is light and celebratory.

The recital will be broadcast from the Wren Chapel at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where William serves as organist and Director of Music.

POSTPONED
Noye’s Fludde

BRITTEN Noye’s Fludde

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS STRING QUINTET
CROYDON CITADEL BAND
CRYSTAL PALACE RECORDER GROUP, led by Julie Dean
LOCAL AMATEUR MUSICIANS
CHORISTERS OF ALL SAINTS WEST DULWICH
TRINITY BOYS SCHOOL
OLD PALACE SCHOOL OF JOHN WHITGIFT
COLOMA COCENT GIRLS’ SCHOOL
ECCLESBOURNE PRIMARY SCHOOL
CYPRESS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Will Vann conductor
Ruth Rogers leader
Father John Pritchard as ‘God’
Alex Ashworth as ‘Noye’
Kate Symons Joy as ‘Mrs Noye’

Join London Mozart Players for the spectacular finale of A Season of Virtuosos at St John’s Upper Norwood with Benjamin Britten’s epic family favourite Noye’s Fludde. Storms, boats and an angry God take centre stage in this imaginative re-telling of the well-known tale of Noah, his family and their unlikely cargo of animals, as they fight for survival for 40 long days on the ark.

Originally conceived as a community opera, this joyful work is tailor-made to show off the array of talent in Upper Norwood. London Mozart Players will be joined by 100 young singers and actors from local schools, members of the Croydon Citadel Band, the Crystal Palace Recorder Group and local amateur string players. St John’s Upper Norwood is the ideal venue for this piece, which Britten intended to be performed at a church.

This community performance promises to be an dramatic tour de force which brings 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.

Simon Blendis & Saoko Blendis – Facebook Broadcast #SaturdaySessions

 

F.D.Marchetti (arr. Adam Sandler) Fascination
Stephen Foster (arr. Jack Byfield) Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
Yascha Krein Gipsy Carnival
M.M.Ponce (trans. Jascha Heifetz) Estrellita (Star of Love)
M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco (trans. Jascha Heifetz) Sea Murmurs
Mendelssohn (arr. Lucas) O for the Wings of a Dove
Korda-Bakony Jura-Jura
Isaac Albeniz (arr. Fritz Kreisler) Tango Op.165 No.2
Fritz Kreisler Syncopation
Gluck (arr. Kreisler) Menuet from ‘Orpheo’
Traditional (arr. Jack Byfield) Londonderry Air
Max Skalka & Felix Stahl Dobra-Dobra

Simon Blendis violin
Saoko Blendis piano

Simon and Saoko Blendis present an uplifting recital celebrating the music of Max Jaffa, one of the most popular violinists of his day who was famous for his ability to entertain and move people, as well as his sweet sound and charm. Although the pieces are different in character, they all move the listener with humour, joy and tenderness, thus showing that this genre of light music, far from being frivolous, speaks directly to the heart, something that we all need at this time. This concert celebrates the memory of Max Jaffa and the joy he brought to people, and is a nostalgic look back at some of the wonderful music that he made famous.

Simon Blendis is the leader of the London Mozart Players, and was previously the violinist with the Schubert Ensemble for 23 years, from 1995 until the group ended in 2018. He has also shared the position of first concertmaster with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan from 1999, and has appeared as guest leader or director with most of the major symphony and chamber orchestras in the UK. Since 2019 he has been a professor of violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Simon has been playing on Max Jaffa’s own violin for the past 20 years.

Saoko Blendis grew up in Tokyo and moved to London in 1999 to pursue post-graduate studies in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music. She now mostly accompanies, with an emphasis on violin and piano repertoire, and enjoys a number of duo partnerships, including this one with her husband Simon.

POSTPONED
Noye’s Fludde at Holy Trinity

This concert has been postponed.

BRITTEN Noye’s Fludde

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
WILLIAM VANN conductor
RUTH ROGERS leader

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.

Tickets coming soon

Facebook Broadcast #SaturdaySessions with Roderick Williams and Lynn Arnold

 

Butterworth A Shropshire Lad
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel

Roderick Williams baritone
Lynn Arnold piano

Baritone Roderick Williams performs a recital of English song: George Butterworth’s heart-on-sleeve settings of AE Housman, and Vaughan Williams’ wayfaring songs based on poems by Robert Louise Stevenson, including favourites ‘Wither Music I Wander’, ‘The Roadside Fire’ and ‘Youth and Love’.

The recital will be broadcast on the London Mozart Players’ Facebook Page at 7 o’clock. Please note that the performance will not be available to watch again later, so be sure to tune in on the dot.

Roderick Williams is one of Britain’s most sought after baritones, in demand on stage, in recital and on the concert platform. In 2016 he was recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the Year award. For this performance, he will be accompanied by pianist Lynn Arnold. Lynn is a former Park Lane Group Young Artist and a graduate of both Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, where she held the prestigious Sir Henry Richardson Award.