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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.

Tickets on sale in December.

 

LMP at Wiltshire Live Music Centre

Ruth Rodgers director/violin

Judith Busbridge viola

HAYDN Symphony No 44 in E minor ‘Trauer’
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K364
ELGAR Serenade for Strings Op 20
MOZART Symphony No 29 in A major K219

As part of LMP’s 70th birthday season, the orchestra will be performing at Wilshire Music centre, a concert supported by Orchestras Live and Arts Council England. Haydn’s moving Trauer Symphony and Elgar’s expressive Serenade for Strings are the perfect partners for Mozart’s accomplished and joyous early symphony – written when the composer was just eighteen.

 

LMP’s principal cellist Sebastian Comberti will be conducing a free pre-concert talk which will begin at 6.30pm at the bar. There will also be a post-concert performance at 9.30pm.

 

Mozart’s Women

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Jane Glover Conductor
Lauren Zhang Piano
Jennifer France Soprano

Mozart Overture Cosi fan tutte K. 588
Mozart Vorrei spiegarvi, oh dio K. 418
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb K. 271
Mozart ‘Et incarnates est’ from Mass in C minor K. 427
Mozart Ch’io mi scordi di te? K. 505
Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D K. 297

 

To mark the London Mozart Players’ seventieth year, a concert to celebrate Mozart – and his women!

Mozart composed several works to celebrate or commemorate the various women who touched his life. ‘Mozart’s women’ included French piano virtuoso Victoire Jeunehomme, who would have performed K. 271; his first love, soprano Aloysia Weber, for whom Mozart wrote the ravishing ‘Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio’ (which reaches a top E); Aloysia’s sister Constanze, who became Mozart’s wife and for whom he composed the soprano part of his Mass in C Minor; and English soprano Nancy Storace, the inspiration for ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?’ (which includes a solo piano). Not forgetting Mozart’s mother, Maria, who accompanied Mozart through Europe in 1778, sadly dying shortly after the performance of K. 297, the ‘Paris’ Symphony.

The icing on the London Mozart Players’ 70th birthday cake is the return of Jane Glover as conductor for this celebratory concert. Jane was the first female Artistic Director of any orchestra when she joined the LMP in 1984, and she also celebrates her 70th birthday in 2019. Lyric soprano Jennifer France and 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year Lauren Zhang join the orchestra for an evening of sublime music that no Mozart lover should miss.

 

Tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd October 2018

Mozart & Haydn: Celebrating Genius

London Mozart Players
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Howard Shelley Piano/Director

Haydn Symphony No.95
Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in C K.503
Haydn Piano Concerto No.11 in D
Mozart Symphony No.35 in D K.385 ‘Haffner’

Directing from the piano as his eighteenth century counterparts would have done, Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley leads the orchestra in a programme highlighting the genius of these celebrated pioneers of the Classical era. A generation apart, Haydn was the generous mentor with Mozart his appreciative pupil. Their friendship, forged through their mutual passion for musical innovation, transcended jealous rivalry, and rather than compare the two composers, we should simply celebrate their genius.

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Mendelssohn Elijah

Nadine Benjamin soprano

Anna Harvey mezzo-soprano

Thomas Elwin tenor

James Rutherford bass-baritone

Newcastle Bach Choir

The Waynflete Singers

London Mozart Players

Andrew Lumsden conductor

 

Winchester Cathedral welcomes a choir from its north-eastern partner, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Newcastle Bach Choir will join with the Waynflete Singers to perform Mendelssohn’s great oratorio Elijah. First performed at the 1846 Birmingham Festival with an orchestra of over one hundred and a choir of nearly three hundred, it was a spectacular success. The Waynflete Singers and their guests promise an equally rousing rendition as Elijah urges King Ahab’s people to forsake their false god and turn to the Lord. Orchestral fire and brimstone will be in ample supply from the London Mozart Players.

Mozart’s Mass & Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Brahms Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
Schumann Piano Concerto
Mozart Mass in C minor

London Mozart Players
Dan Ludford-Thomas conductor
Nico de Villiers piano
Hackney Singers
Lewisham Choral Society

 

Hear a popular combined choir from north and south of the river on their return to Royal Festival Hall with masterworks by Brahms, Schumann and Mozart. Welcome back the 300 voices of Hackney Singers and Lewisham Choral Society, following three previous performances to packed halls.

In music from both the classical and romantic eras, Lewisham Choral Society are joined once again by the renowned London Mozart Players, under the baton of Dan Ludford-Thomas.

Mozart’s late masterpiece, his Great C minor Mass, was first performed with the composer’s wife Constanze as soloist. And 63 years later, it was Schumann’s wife Clara who premiered his lyrical Piano Concerto. Tonight’s soloist is the award-winning Nico de Villiers. The choirs start the concert with Brahms’s delightful Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny).

 

 

Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals

 

An interactive children’s concert – perfect for the whole family! LMP perform Saint-Saëns’ famous Carnival of the Animals suite.

More infö coming soon – tickets for this event are not on sale yet.

The Lord Mayor’s Concert – Haydn Creation

Haydn Creation

 

Howard Ionascu conductor

Exeter Philharmonic Choir

Kirsty Hopkins soprano
Mark Dobell  tenor
Stuart Young  bass

 

Exeter Philharmonic Choir & LMP perform Haydn’s Creation for the Exeter Lord Mayor’s Concert.

Tickets: £14 , £22,  £28

Piano Explored – Haydn & Hummel

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

 

Marieke Blankenstijn: Violin

Sebastian Comberti: Cello

Gareth Hulse: Oboe

Sarah Burnett: Bassoon

HAYDN Sonfonia concertante in Bb, Op.84 Hob.I/105

HUMMEL Concertino for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Op. 73

 

The latest in LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime series, this year with a twist! In their 70th anniversary season, musicians from LMP join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley in works that feature multiple soloists.

Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante for violin, oboe, cello and bassoon is tuneful and inventive, with the four solo instruments in ever-changing permutations: the wind pair pitted against the strings, the two higher instruments against the two lower, violin and bassoon against oboe and cello, or simply as a quartet of contrasting timbres. The overwhelming sense is that it is wonderful chamber music rather than a succession of flashy solos, with lots of give and take between the soloists and orchestra. ‘Profound, airy, affecting, and original’ wrote the Morning Herald critic at the time. Marieke Blankenstijn, Sebastian Comberti, Gareth Hulse and Sarah Burnett step out of the orchestra for the solo spots in Haydn’s mini masterpiece.

Talented composer Johann Hummel was held in high esteem by his teachers Mozart and Haydn, and his friends Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert. This concertino started life as a mandolin concerto, which Hummel himself then arranged for piano in 1816. It shows the influence of Mozart rather than Chopin but also some original Hummelian froth and sparkle. It’s the perfect work to demonstrate Howard Shelley’s virtuosic brilliance.

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.

 

Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5

 

Bach & Mozart with Oxford Bach Choir

Bach Trauer-Ode

Mozart Ave Verum Corpus

Mozart Requiem in D minor K.626

 

Ben Nicholas Conductor

Oxford Bach Choir

 

The Oxford Bach Choir sings two much-loved late classics by Mozart: his gentle motet Ave verum Corpus, and his great Requiem, his last work, left unfinished on his death.
The programme also includes JS Bach’s Trauer-Ode, a magnificent and heartfelt elegy written on the death of a much-loved Saxon queen.  The Trauer-Ode holds a special secret: Bach reused much of its music, including its imposing and moving opening and closing choruses, for his St Mark Passion, which is now lost.  We are therefore giving our audience the chance to hear tantalising glimpses of a major lost work by Bach!

Tickets: £42, £30, £20, £15

Students: £5 reduction  | Under 18s: 50% | Groups of 10+: 15% discount.

Ealing Music & Film Festival with Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little violin/director

London Mozart Players

 

Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Roxanna Panufnik Four World Seasons
Vivaldi Violin Concerto No.1 in E ‘Spring’
Elgar Salut d’amour
Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings

 

Ealing Music and Film Festival 2019 announces it’s seventh year of programming. This year London Mozart Players will be joined by Tasmin Little for a special concert on Valentine’s day.

Tickets for this event are not on sale yet.

Piano Explored – Mozart

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

MOZART Piano Concerto No 17 in G, K453

In the week of the LMP’s 70th birthday, Howard Shelley performs the concerto that featured in the LMP’s very first concert back in February 1949. This will be a very special concert!

This concerto, written in 1784, is one of Mozart’s finest. There are no less than six contrasting themes in the first movement followed by a harmonically dramatic slow movement. The finale is a sparkling set of variations on a single tune, which Mozart later taught his pet starling to sing; though he noticed that that the bird always held the sixth note (G) too long, and always sang the ninth and tenth notes (both also G) as G-sharp. Howard Shelley gives the full story behind this charming and much-loved piece before giving a bravura performance with the London Mozart Players.

 

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.

 

Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5

 

Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius

Crouch End Festival Chorus returns to the music of Elgar after an absence of 11 years. The Dream of Gerontius, based on a poem by Cardinal Newman, is Elgar’s most famous and beloved choral work. It was immediately hailed as a success by audience and critics after its premiere in Birmingham in 1900.

 

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players
David Temple conductor
Kitty Whately mezzo soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Ashley Riches baritone/bass

 

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

70th Birthday at Sheffield City Hall

Howard Shelley conductor and piano

HAYDN Symphony No. 95
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21, ‘Elvira Madigan’
Interval
TURÍNA La oración del torero
MOZART Symphony No. 34


The London Mozart Players have delighted Sheffield audiences many times over in its 70 years of existence and, to celebrate their anniversary, Howard Shelley brings them with two great works by the composer who gave the orchestra its name. From the keyboard, he directs Mozart’s best-loved Piano Concerto, a work that even by its composer’s standards is a wonderfully lyrical and moving creation.

This concert opens a run of four Mozart concertos within the season, an opportunity to sample some of the master’s finest moments with world-class soloists.

One of Haydn’s ‘London’ symphonies provides some spicy contrast, as does a little-known gem, a beautiful 1926 tone-poem for strings by the Spanish composer Joaquín Turína. The ebullient fi nale of the fi rst of Mozart’s late trio of festive C major symphonies rounds off what promises to be a hugely enjoyable birthday party!

Eastbourne Weekend

The London Mozart Players return to The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. Now in its seventeenth year, the London Mozart Players’ annual weekend at the Grand Hotel is a popular fixture in the hotel’s calendar. 

 

The weekend includes:

Two nights’ accommodation with Full English Breakfast. Dinner with wine, entertainment as detailed, and VAT. Temporary membership of the Health Club and Spa.

 

From £171.50 per person per night (based on two people sharing a twin/double Deluxe Inland Room).Extend your stay for Thursday and/or Sunday from just £81.00, accommodation and breakfast, or £112.50 to include dinner per person (based on two people sharing a twin/double Deluxe Inland Room).

A £50.00 per person deposit is required at the time of booking and is non refundable and non transferable. For further information and to book the weekend, please contact the Reservations Department on 01323 412345.

For more information on the programme, please visit The Grand Hotel’s website.

 

Royal Holloway in Concert with LMP

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Op. 90 ‘The Italian’
Dorothy Howell ‘Lamia’
Ola Gjeilo PIANO
Rupert Gough CONDUCTOR
Rebecca Miller CONDUCTOR
Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra
Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway
London Mozart Players

 

Royal Holloway, University of London, has a tradition of inspiring musical excellence spanning over 100 years. Founded as a ladies college, at a time when few universities admitted women, the campus community in Surrey is home to one of the world’s top university music departments.

The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered to be one of the UK’s finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs. The 24 choral scholars undertake a busy schedule under the supervision of Director of Choral Music, Rupert Gough.

The Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra includes scholars from the College’s orchestral scholarship programme. They are conducted by Director of Orchestras, Rebecca Miller, and participate in a unique side-by-side performance scheme with the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra, The London Mozart Players.

Returning to St John’s Smith Square for the third year in a row, these ensembles unite with the London Mozart Players for a showcase including Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony No. 4, Howell’s Lamia and Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna.

Celebrating Mozart’s Birthday at SJSS

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Michael Collins: Bassett clarinet/director

Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C K.338
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K.622
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C K.551

Mozart and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins share a birthday – 27th January, just two weeks ahead of the London Mozart Players’ own 70th anniversary. There’s no better way to mark this triple celebration than to perform Mozart’s best-loved works in one of the LMP’s favourite concert halls.

Completed just two months before his death, Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Though often played on the clarinet, you will be treated to a performance on the sonorous bassett clarinet, the instrument it was originally written for. Distinguished artist Michael Collins’ will bring all his dazzling virtuosity to this masterpiece.

The London Mozart Players will also perform two Mozart symphonies, No. 34 and his final symphony, the magnificent No. 41 (Jupiter).

 

Celebrating Mozart’s Birthday at SJUN

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Michael Collins: clarinet/director

Mozart Symphony No.27 in G K.199
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K. 622

Classical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins share a birthday – 27th January, just two weeks ahead of the London Mozart Players’ own 70th anniversary. There’s no better way to mark this triple celebration than to perform two of Mozart’s acclaimed works at our resident home, St John the Evangelist.

Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Though often played on the clarinet, you will be treated to a performance on the sonorous bassett clarinet, the instrument the work was originally written for. Distinguished artist Michael Collins will bring all his dazzling virtuosity to this classical favourite.

As an extra treat, London Mozart Players will also perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 27, which is performed far less often than many of Mozart’s masterpieces

 

Give the gift of music to the community

As part of our mission to bring world-class classical music to Upper Norwood, this concert is sponsored to ensure that young music students, the disadvantaged and those who could not normally afford to go to classical concerts get a chance to come along for free.We are also releasing 100 general admission seats (£25). When you purchase your ticket(s) for this concert you will have the opportunity to purchase a further ticket(s) for £5, which will enable someone less fortunate to come along to this concert. Please consider sponsoring an extra seat, and spread the love for classical music!

 

TICKETS – COMING SOON

100 tickets for this concert at £25 each will go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 17th December.
These exclusive tickets will include an invitation to a private post-concert champagne reception with Michael Collins and the orchestra, plus reserved seating and programme.
We expect there to be high demand for this concert, so please book ahead to secure your seats!