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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 

A community production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde that includes young musicians from Rockmount and Cypress schools, local amateur musicians, students from Trinity Laban and members of St John’s Junior Choir and ‘The Hive’. Starring Fr John Pritchard as God. 

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LMP & Craig Ogden

MOZART Symphony no. 36, ‘Linz’ 

RODRIGO Concerto de Aranjuez 

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, ‘Italian’

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

 

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Cellofest

This concert celebrates the cello in all its variety and shows the incredible dexterity of cellists at different stages of their career, form primary school level through to internationally renowned soloists. 

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Chopin Unpacked with Howard Shelley

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, op.11 

Our annual community concert gives people who would not normally have the opportunity to experience classical music the chance to hear Howard Shelley perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor. Only 100 tickets will be on sale, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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A Concert Extraordinaire with Sheku Kanneh-Mason

MOZART Symphony No. 31, K. 297 ‘Paris’ 

SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto in A minor 

RAVEL Pavane 

BIZET Symphony in C

 

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 & The Nutcracker

The iconic animated film of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, with music by Howard Blake has been a Christmas TV favourite since its premiere in 1982. As part of their award-winning #LMPOnTheMove series, the London Mozart Players perform the full orchestral score live-to-picture in a pre-Christmas treat that’s perfect for the whole family. The programme also includes festive family favourites including a magical retelling of The Nutcracker in words and music, presented alongside stunning artwork animations created by art students from Riddlesdown School.

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A Christmas Carol

Tama Matheson

Trinity Chamber Choir

London Mozart Players (string trio)

Festive seasons past, present and future combine in this seasonal treat as Charles Dickens gives a dramatic re-telling of his classic tale: ‘A ChristmasCarol’. In this brand-new adaptation, actor Tama Matheson breathes fresh life into Dickens who takes to the stage to tell his moving morality tale of Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and all those Christmas ghosts, accompanied by an atmospheric soundscape of Christmas carols performed by the Trinity Chamber Choir and a string quartet from the London Mozart Players. By turns gloriously funny, sad, joyous and heart-rending, this evocative blend of carols and drama captures the wonder, pathos and sheer spookiness of this Christmasclassic. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!

Tickets coming soon.

A Christmas Carol

Tama Matheson

Trinity Chamber Choir

London Mozart Players (string trio)

Festive seasons past, present and future combine in this seasonal treat as Charles Dickens gives a dramatic re-telling of his classic tale: ‘A Christmas Carol’. In this brand-new adaptation, actor Tama Matheson breathes fresh life into Dickens who takes to the stage to tell his moving morality tale of Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and all those Christmas ghosts, accompanied by an atmospheric soundscape of Christmas carols performed by Trinity Chamber Choir and a string quartet from the London Mozart Players. By turns gloriously funny, sad, joyous and heart-rending, this evocative blend of carols and drama captures the wonder, pathos and sheer spookiness of this Christmasclassic. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!

Tickets coming soon.

A Classic Christmas

The festive season starts with the London Mozart Players’ classic Christmas concert at St John’s! Join us for a concert packed full of seasonal treats and a few surprises too! The LMP will perform a mix of contemporary and traditional Christmas favourites, there’ll be carols for all, and delicious mulled wine and mince pies will be served under the fabulous Christmas tree. 

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LMP Chamber Ensemble at Turner Sims

Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat, K407
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K581
Schubert Octet in F, D803

A joyful musical celebration courtesy of members of the London Mozart Players who make their second appearance at Turner Sims in their 70th anniversary year. The three works in the programme were all written with virtuoso performers in mind. Renowned clarinettists Anton Stadler and Ferdinand Troyer commissioned Mozart and Schubert respectively, with Schubert’s six movement octet being the largest chamber work the composer ever wrote. Mozart’s horn quintet, written for his longstanding friend Joseph Leutgeb, has been described by one critic as like a miniature concerto for horn in three movements.

Piano Explored – Cramer 

Howard Shelley – piano
London Mozart Players

Cramer Piano Concert No. 4 in C Op. 38

To celebrate Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley’s 70th birthday, the 2019/20 London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored lunchtime series will feature a selection of Howard’s favourite piano concertos, including this gem by Johann Cramer which has all the delights of an early Christmas present! Howard’s illuminating deconstructions will accompany a performance by the London Mozart Players alongside Howard at the piano. These popular lunchtime concerts are as fun as they are enjoyable!

Cramer, a renowned pianist, was greatly admired by Beethoven and considered his equal if not his superior in technical perfection. Also a prolific composer, Cramer’s works contain complex embellishments that showed off his prodigious talent and his Piano Concerto No. 4 demonstrates this perfectly, with its unusual cadenza in the final movement to which Howard Shelley, a leading exponent of the underrated Cramer, will bring all his dazzling, virtuosic brilliance. This ambitious finale follows two contrasting movements: the first poised and Mozartian, the second deliciously lyrical. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Cramer’s exciting work, played by a master of the keyboard.

 

The MozART Connection

Panufnik Two Composers, Four Hands

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in Eb, K. 364

Kilar Orawa

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. strings)

 

Amadeus Chamber Orchestra

Ruth Rogers leader

Judith Busbridge viola

Two international chamber orchestras bring the best in classical music to SE19. Music has no borders, but we are always delighted to welcome fellow musicians who travel far and wide to perform alongside the LMP at St John’s Upper Norwood. Our very special guests this autumn are the players from the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio. This promises to be an unforgettable evening with three composers, two orchestras and one magical night of music.  

London Chamber Music Society

Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A, K201
Fribbins Concerto for Cello & Orchestra (premiere)
Sibelius Valse Triste
Schubert Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D485

 

The London Chamber Music Society welcomes the famous London Mozart Players in their Kings Place debut, as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations.

Conducted by Jonathan Bloxham, their programme includes the bright and spirited A major symphony by Mozart, Schubert’s beautiful fifth symphony, and the haunting Valse Triste by Sibelius. The concert also features the world premiere of the Cello Concerto by Peter Fribbins, with the solo cello of Sebastian Comberti.

PGS Remembrance Concert

A special concert on the eve of Remembrance commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings with a new piece composed by PGS pupils and staff.  Also featuring Lux Perpetua by Jonathan Willcocks, On the Banks of Green Willow by Butterworth, concerto movements for Marimba (by Paul Creston), Piano (by Mozart and Shostakovich) and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.  Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, Brass, Chamber Orchestra, Community Choir, Middle School Singers, PGS Junior Choir, Castle Primary School, the London Mozart Players – conducted by Jonathan Willcocks.

Haydn – The Creation

Haydn – The Creation

Academy Choir
London Mozart Players
Matthew Best conductor
Kate Royal soprano
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Jonathan Lemalu bass

 

Haydn is at his most imaginative – beginning with an extraordinary musical representation of Chaos, with each new episode of creation depicted with lavish tone painting. This performance in Sacred Heart will explore the spatial qualities of this extraordinary work.

Piano Explored – Mendelssohn 

Howard Shelley – piano
London Mozart Players

Mendelssohn – Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 40

The 2019/20 London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored lunchtime series celebrates the 70th birthday of its Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley, and the season features five of Howard’s favourite piano concertos, including some lesser-known yet glorious treasures. These popular lunchtime concerts pair Howard’s illuminating deconstructions with a full performance of the work by the London Mozart Players alongside Howard at the piano. It’s the perfect way to spend a lunch hour!!

Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Concerto was composed for, and premiered at, the 1837 Birmingham Festival with the composer himself at the piano. Hugely acclaimed, the concerto is packed with Mendelssohn’s trademark dramatic themes, breathless energy and heart-melting moments of reflective calm. Above all, it showcases the virtuosic possibilities of the piano to its fullest and, in Howard Shelley’s hands, the concerto becomes a veritable tour de force. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear one of the great interpreters of early Romantic piano music.

‘Dazzling, but controlled, virtuosity was as much a mark of this excellent reading as the great emotional depth and richness of Shelley’s playing’ Daily Telegraph