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Grayshott Concerts: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2

SCHUBERT ‘Unfinished’ Symphony No 8 in B minor D.759
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.2
DVORAK Symphony No 8 in G major Op.88

Howard Shelley piano/director

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 is one of the most unexpectedly popular, lyrical, sublime but fun works on Classic Fm. Soloist Howard Shelley shows how it’s done, and leads the orchestra through Dvorak’s joyous 8th Symphony, and Schubert’s Unfinished 8th Symphony.

LMP at Ripon International Festival

Janusz Piotrowicz conducts Mozart’s intensely emotional Symphony no 40 ‘The Great G minor’ and Beethoven’s radiant and explosive 2nd Symphony. ‘so profoundly does he know the music that he almost seems to embody it … this man is a gift to any orchestra’

D & S Times

MOZART                  Overture: The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART                  Symphony No 40 in G minor
MENDELSSOHN      Overture: The Hebrides
BEETHOVEN            Symphony No 2 in D major

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor

Two great symphonies and popular overtures in the magnificent setting of Ripon Cathedral. With the mesmerizing conductor, Janusz Piotrowicz, at the helm, the audience can expect ‘a powerful listening experience … a searing excitement’  Music Web International

 

Website www.riponinternationalfestival.com

LMP at Hastings Literary Festival

Boccherini Quintet for two cellos in C Major op 30, No.5 G275
WA Mozart String Quintet No.4 in G minor, K.516
Tchaikovsky ‘Souvenir de Florence’

Luigi Boccherini was a highly successful composer, enjoying the patronage of Don Luis, the brother of King Charles III of Spain who employed his own string quartet, augmented by Boccherini as the second cellist for this quintet. His enduringly popular quintet No. 5 dates from 1771.

In 1787 Mozart was suffering from a lack of patronage and wanting to create a more robust tone by the addition of a second viola to the quartet line-up. The sunny quintet No. 3 (K515) and its dark pairing, K516 are widely regarded as two of his greatest compositions. Tchaikovsky wrote of the second, “No one has ever known as well how to interpret so exquisitely in music the sense of resigned and inconsolable sorrow.”

Tchaikovsky’s own string sextet, titled ‘Souvenir de Florence’ because one of its principal themes was composed on a visit to Florence, employs both the extra cello of Boccherini and the additional viola of Mozart. It has a traditional four movement form, despite the century that separates it from the Mozart and Boccherini compositions.

The Magic of Mozart

London Mozart Players
Director: Simon Blendis
Harp: Anne Denholm
Flute: Emma Halnan

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik K.525
Mozart Concerto for flute and harp in C K.299
Mozart Divertimento in D K.136
Mozart Symphony No.29 in A K.219

London Mozart Players do what they do best – performing Mozart in London! The orchestra play four of Mozart’s greatest works in the stunning surroundings of Baroque masterpiece and iconic London church, St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Acclaimed soloists Anne Denholm (Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales) and Emma Halnan (winner Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award 2016, in association with Classic FM, and woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010) sprinkle a touch of magic with the much-loved flute and harp concerto, one of Mozart’s most adored works.

Tickets: £24/£20/£16/£13/£9

Church Stretton Festival: Mozart, Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky

London Mozart Players return to the Shropshire hills!

Mozart Divertimento in D K.136
Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence

Mozart demonstrated time and again that music as entertainment can go along with the most original, enlightening, even profound ideas. Divertimento in D K.136  belongs firmly in the Austrian divertimento tradition – music that entertains through a lively interplay of ideas, melodic distinctiveness and an element of instrumental virtuosity.

Verklärte Nacht (‘Transfigured Night’) is based on a poem by Richard Dehmel. Two lovers are walking in the moonlight; she confesses that she is pregnant by another man, but so great is his love for her that he agrees to bring the child up as his own. Schoenberg’s work closely follows the poem – the couple’s hesitant steps through the wood, her confession, his declaration of selfless devotion.

Souvenir de Florence is not a tonal picture of the city or country. Rather, its name derives from one melody, the main theme of the slow movement which Tchaikovsky had heard and noted down during a visit to Florence in 1887. In all other respects the musical idiom is Russian rather than Italian, in particular in the third movement with its Russian dance theme, and the opening music of the lively finale.

Jam on the Marsh

London Mozart Players
Mousai Singers
Daniel Cook, conductor

In the 2016 festival these two ensembles, under Daniel Cook, collaborated for the first time to perform Paul Mealor’s hauntingly beautiful The Shadows of War. It was a truly memorable concert, blending some of the finest singers and players into one.

This year they return to finish our four year commemoration of WW1 – Bairstow (Blessed city, heavenly Salem) and Duruflé (Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens) both lived through the Great War and Mantas’ Serenade for Strings is dedicated to it.

We complete the programme with Fauré’s ever-popular Requiem. This is a rare opportunity for this exquisite piece to be performed on the Marsh by professional singers and orchestra.

City of London Choir: Flowers of the Field

London Mozart Players
City of London Choir
Ruth Rogers, violin
Roderick Williams, baritone
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor

Warlock Capriol Suite
Butterworth Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’
Hawes I Know the Music
Butterworth Banks of Green Willow
Elgar Chanson de Matin Op.15 No.2
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Finzi Requiem da Camera

A programme of music poignantly harking back to a pastoral age devastated by the outbreak of the First World War, combined with settings of haunting war poetry. Includes the Shropshire Lad song cycle and The Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth (killed at the Somme, 1916), Patrick Hawes’ moving setting of Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘I Know the Music’, and Vaughan Williams’ evergreen ‘The Lark Ascending’ of 1914. The festival closes with Gerald Finzi’s affecting Requiem da Camera, written in memory of friends and colleagues lost in the trenches, and expressing the grief of a nation.

 

Tickets: £20 (including glass of wine)

Wotton Concerts: Summer Concert

Mozart – Posthorn Serenade K 320 Adagio Maestoso, Allegro con Spirito
Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major Op 61
Beethoven – Symphony no 6 in F major Op 68

The London Mozart Players
Benedict Hoffnung Conductor / Júlia Pusker Violin

Based in the picturesque Cotswold town of Wotton-under-Edge the Wotton Concert Series brings a range of world class orchestral, choral and chamber music to South Gloucestershire.

The Series adds to the cultural life of the region and enables gifted young performers to share a platform with established artists of international standing.

LMP’s Anthem for Peace at the Peace and Wellbeing Festival

LMP’s brand new Anthem for Peace highlights the role of music as a force for good and the perfect way to bring people together. This modern-day anthem, composed by children’s composer Richard Brown with lyrics by Thornton Heath poet Shaniqua Benjamin, can be played, rapped, sung, remixed or sampled by musicians of all abilities, ages, genres and backgrounds.

The first public UK performance of the anthem will take place this summer in Croydon’s first Festival of Peace and we’d love you to be involved! Join players from the LMP and Ecclesbourne school choir to learn and sing the anthem for the first time together on Saturday 16 June at Wandle Park,  and then join in the performance at the end of the Festival on Saturday 23rd June alongside local choirs, schools, music groups and artists, at large community performances.

Opening Event – 16th June, 3-4pm at Summer of Love Festival at Wandle Park
There will be a week-long programme of arts activities – more info coming very soon….

Closing Event – 23rd June, 3-4pm at Peace & Wellbeing Festival, Park Hill Park
There will be a finale Peace Parade and performance of the anthem with LMP and local brass players and a special dance commission by Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja Dance featuring local dance groups.

City of London Choir: Parisian Summer Nights

Magical French music for a midsummer’s evening. Saint-Saëns’ irrepressible Danse macabre depicts Death himself playing his violin for the dance of the skeletons, setting a spirited tone for Ravel’s colourful Piano Concerto in G. Infused with 1920s jazz syncopations, Ravel’s masterpiece is by turns witty and tender, and always lyrical.

These lively pieces are juxtaposed with Elysian reverie in Fauré‘s pastoral miniature, Pavane, and his ethereal Requiem. First performed shortly after the death of the composer’s mother, the Fauré Requiem is justly one of the most consoling and cherished pieces in choral repertoire.

FAURÉ Pavane
SAINT-SAËNS Danse macabre
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
FAURÉ Requiem

City of London Choir;
London Mozart Players
Vitaly Pisarenko, piano
Cecilia Osmond, soprano
Thomas Humphreys, baritone
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor.

‘Insert title here’ | LMP accompanies SLiDE

South London Inclusive Dance Experience (SLiDE)

London Mozart Players

 

We are thirteen performers: twelve dancers and one musician, revisiting and recycling our pasts. You are the audience, witnessing our dancing and playing. At the end we will ask you a simple question, can you name the experience and give the performance a title?

SLiDE is a Croydon based dance company specialising in bringing diverse groups of people together to experience dance as both participants and audience members.

This project will be the first time SLiDE has partnered with the London Mozart Players. This promises to be a unique, creative and dynamic collaboration.

 

Under 18s are FREE to attend, please email gemma@slidedance.org to book these tickets. Adult tickets for sale via Eventbrite.

Insert Title Here is presented as part of the Overground Festival 2018.

 

Director/Dramaturg: Louise Katerega

Creative Collaborators: Sarah Butcher (Cellist), Vicky Malin (Dancer), Takeshi Matsumoto (Dancer), Louise Katerega, Gemma Coldicott

Performed by: Sarah Butcher (London Mozart Players), Vicky Malin, Takeshi Matsumoto and the SLiDE community dancers

 

Funding from Croydon Council and Arts Council England

LMP on the Move – Midsummer Serenade

Join the London Mozart Players for a summer’s evening of scintillating strings and strawberries!

Young players from Rockmount Primary, Cypress Junior and CMA will join the orchestra along with hugely talented young cellist Constantin Macherel to play a simply scrumptious programme:

BOCCHERINI Cello Concerto in D G.479
MOORE Fiddler’s Hill*
ROSSINI Une larme
DVORAK Serenade for strings in E Op.22
ANDERSON Fiddle Faddle

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
Constantin Macherel cello
*Featuring young musicians side-by-side with LMP

 

Come along and enjoy some spectacular string playing along with strawberries and a glass of fizz as LMP takes a bow as part of the Crystal Palace Festival.

 

Priority Ticket: £22.50 (reserved seating, programme, strawberries and interval drink)
Adult: £15 | Concessions (OAP): £13 | Young Person (8-18): £10
Children under 8: Free
Early Bird discount: book by Friday 18th May to get a 25% discount on all above ticket prices

There will also be a display of wonderful artwork by the APOW Refugee Youth. APOW (Amazing People of the World) is our local project in Croydon where around 30 young people gather to run creative workshops together. It provides a regular space for young people newly arrived in the UK, most of whom are here alone without family.

LMP at Croydon’s Festival of Peace

We’re inviting you to be involved in a cross-cultural, cross-arts, interfaith celebration of Peace this year. As the world remembers the centenary of the end of WWI, we can make a powerful, colourful, vibrant declaration of peace. Come to Croydon’s brilliant Festival of Peace and sing our Anthem for Peace!

LMP’s brand new Anthem for Peace highlights the role of music as a force for good and the perfect way to bring people together. This modern-day anthem, composed by children’s composer Richard Brown with lyrics by Thornton Heath poet Shaniqua Benjamin, can be played, rapped, sung, remixed or sampled by musicians of all abilities, ages, genres and backgrounds.

The Anthem was premièred in November 2017 by the LMP and children from Ecclesbourne Primary School, Thornton Heath, at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the LMP’s patron HRH Prince Edward – see the video of this exciting occasion here

The first public UK performance of the anthem will take place this summer in Croydon’s first Festival of Peace and we’d love you to be involved! Join players from the LMP and Ecclesbourne school choir to learn and sing the anthem for the first time together on Saturday 16 June at Wandle Park,  and then join in the performance at the end of the Festival on 23rd June alongside local choirs, schools, music groups and artists at large community performances.

Opening Event – 16th June, 3-4pm at Summer of Love Festival at Wandle Park
There will be a week-long programme of arts activities – more info coming very soon….

Closing Event – 23rd June, 3-4pm at Peace & Wellbeing Festival, Park Hill Park
There will be a finale Peace Parade and performance of the anthem with LMP and local brass players and a special dance commission by Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja Dance featuring local dance groups..

London Mozart Players: Recital Rush Hour

It’s festival time, but don’t rush on by! Stop and listen on your way to the park, as the LMP wind players will be performing some light classics in the station concourse to get you in the mood!

LMP + Bach to Baby – Bold as Brass

Get up close with the shiny brass section of the orchestra in a fun, interactive performance including well-known tunes, marching songs and a nursery rhyme sing-along.

Ages 0+

 

Image© Bach to Baby / Alejandro Tamagno

Anne Denholm

Grayshott Concerts: Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto

London Mozart Players
Director: Simon Blendis

Anne Denholm harp
Emma Halnan flute

BRITTEN Prelude and Fugue Op. 29
MOZART Concerto for flute and harp in C K299
FINCH Celtic Tales
MOZART Divertimento in D K251

Join LMP at their home from home – Grayshott Concerts, with Anne Denholm (Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales) and Emma Halnan (Winner 2016 Sir Karl Jenkins-Arts Club-Classic FM Prize) for a programme that spans the ages, including Mozart’s sublime Concerto for Flute and Harp.

Martin James Bartlett & LMP with host John Suchet

Martin James Bartlett | piano
London Mozart Players

Director: Simon Blendis
Hosted by John Suchet

Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro K492
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K491
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550

Brilliant young pianist Martin James Bartlett joins the London Mozart Players for a scintillating evening of Mozart masterpieces

‘Martin is a natural and powerful musician, he lives and breathes music’ — Nicola Benedetti

In 2014, 17-year-old Martin James Bartlett took the classical world by storm when he won the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year with his acclaimed performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He already had a brace of competition wins under his belt, awarded throughout his time at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Purcell School, including the prestigious Leaver’s Prize for Outstanding Musical Contribution.

Now a fully-fledged concert pianist, Martin is acclaimed as one of the leading musical talents of his generation. He is becoming a regular at concert halls around the UK and abroad, including appearances at the BBC Proms.

This concert of Mozart treasures includes the dark and passionate Piano Concerto No. 24 K491. Scored for more instruments than any of his previous piano concerti, this minor-key masterpiece has been acclaimed as Mozart’s greatest concerto by musicologists of all generations. Beethoven reportedly remarked to a colleague that ‘we shall never be able to do anything like that’.

Hosted by Classic FM’s John Suchet, this concert follows in the London Mozart Players’ almost-70-year tradition of promoting young musicians. Nicola Benedetti, Jacqueline du Pré and Jan Pascal Tortelier are just three of many young musical virtuosi championed early in their careers by the orchestra

This is a wonderful opportunity to see a huge musical talent at the start of his career, and to hear the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra doing what they do best: playing Mozart.

‘The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling’ The Times

Crystal Palace Festival – Storytime at the Farm

As part of the Crystal Palace Festival, let the London Mozart Players take you on an interactive musical journey featuring your favourite animals and nursery rhymes. Bring your little ones to Capel Manor Farm in Crystal Palace Park, where they’ll  discover woodwind, brass and stringed instruments, and share in the joy and fun of music making.

Three free LMP concerts at Capel Manor Farm, Crystal Palace Park: 11am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm

Suitable for 0-6 years.