PRESS RELEASE: Beethoven Explored Concert Series

What Makes a Musical Genius?

Jess Gillam & LMP UK Tour

Jess Gillam saxophone

Ruth Rogers director

London Mozart Players

 

HAYDN Symphony No. 44

MARCELLO Concerto in C Minor

GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto

MOZART Symphony No. 29

 

Former BBC Young Musician finalist saxophonist Jess Gillam, one of the most acclaimed young classical music stars in recent years, joins London Mozart Players for a seven-concert tour across the UK this summer.
 
Jess Gillam will bring all her virtuosity and “life affirming talent” (BBCYM) to Crawley this July in the final concert of the tour, with a programme encompassing Glazunov’s romantic and beautifully lyrical Saxophone Concerto and Marcello’s Concerto in C minor for saxophone alongside LMP favourites by classical giants Mozart and Haydn. Still only 21, Jess Gillam burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist ever to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition. She has wowed audiences and inspired young musicians with her passion for music ever since – her first album, RISE, released in April 2019, shot to No.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts.
 
If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again! This will be an extraordinary night of music-making from a Classical Brit winning soloist and an internationally celebrated orchestra.

Jess Gillam & LMP UK Tour

Jess Gillam saxophone

Ruth Rogers director

London Mozart Players

 

HAYDN Symphony No. 44

MARCELLO Concerto in C Minor

GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto

MOZART Symphony No. 29

 

Jess Gillam will bring all her virtuosity and “life affirming talent” (BBCYM) to Chichester this July for the Festival of Chichester 2020, with a programme encompassing Glazunov’s romantic and beautifully lyrical Saxophone Concerto and Marcello’s Concerto in C minor for saxophone alongside LMP favourites by classical giants Mozart and Haydn. Still only 21, Jess Gillam burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist ever to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition. She has wowed audiences and inspired young musicians with her passion for music ever since – her first album, RISE, released in April 2019, shot to No.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts.

If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again! This will be an extraordinary night of music-making from a Classical Brit winning soloist and an internationally celebrated orchestra.

Jess Gillam & LMP UK Tour

Jess Gillam saxophone

Ruth Rogers director

London Mozart Players

 

HAYDN Symphony No. 44

MARCELLO Concerto in C Minor

GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto

MOZART Symphony No. 29

 

Former BBC Young Musician finalist saxophonist Jess Gillam, one of the most acclaimed young classical music stars in recent years, joins London Mozart Players for a seven-concert tour across the UK this summer.

Jess Gillam will bring all her virtuosity and “life affirming talent” (BBCYM) to Bedford this July, with a programme encompassing Glazunov’s romantic and beautifully lyrical Saxophone Concerto and Marcello’s Concerto in C minor for saxophone alongside LMP favourites by classical giants Mozart and Haydn. Still only 21, Jess Gillam burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist ever to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition. She has wowed audiences and inspired young musicians with her passion for music ever since – her first album, RISE, released in April 2019, shot to No.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts.

If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again! This will be an extraordinary night of music-making from a Classical Brit winning soloist and an internationally celebrated orchestra.

Jess Gillam & LMP UK Tour

Jess Gillam saxophone

Ruth Rogers director

London Mozart Players

 

HAYDN Symphony No. 44 in E minor (‘Trauer’)

MARCELLO Concerto in C Minor for soprano saxophone

GLAZUNOV Concerto in E flat major for alto saxophone Op. 109

MOZART Symphony No.29 in A major, K.201

 

Saxophone superstar Jess Gillam burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist ever to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition.

She has wowed audiences and inspired young musicians with her passion for music ever since.

Still only 20 years old, Jess has performed internationally, appeared at the Last Night of the Proms and recently launched her own BBC Radio 3 show – This Classical Life. Her first album, ‘Rise’, was also released in April 2019.

In July 2020, she brings the sound of the saxophone to The Apex alongside the London Mozart Players for an evening that balances the best of classical giants Mozart and Haydn, with the beautiful baroque trills of Marcello and the lyricism of Glazunov.

If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again; this will be an extraordinary night of music making and a great opportunity to see this young star at the beginning of her career.

Tickets: £27*, £22*, Under 25’s £6*.

*Includes £1 booking fee

This event is promoted by The Apex.

 

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 31st January.

POSTPONED
Jess Gillam & LMP UK Tour

Jess Gillam saxophone

Ruth Rogers director

London Mozart Players

 

HAYDN Symphony No. 44

MARCELLO Concerto in C Minor

GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto

MOZART Symphony No. 29

 

Former BBC Young Musician finalist saxophonist Jess Gillam, one of the most acclaimed young classical music stars in recent years, joins London Mozart Players for a seven-concert tour across the UK this summer.

Jess Gillam will bring all her virtuosity and “life affirming talent” (BBCYM) to Deal this July as part of the Deal Music & Arts Festival, with a programme encompassing Glazunov’s romantic and beautifully lyrical Saxophone Concerto and Marcello’s Concerto in C minor for saxophone alongside LMP favourites by classical giants Mozart and Haydn. Still only 21, Jess Gillam burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist ever to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition. She has wowed audiences and inspired young musicians with her passion for music ever since – her first album, RISE, released in April 2019, shot to No.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts.

If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again! This will be an extraordinary night of music-making from a Classical Brit winning soloist, an internationally celebrated orchestra.

Tickets for this concert will be released in April 2020 to coincide with the Deal Music & Arts Festival box office release. Please check their website for more information.

Jess Gillam & LMP UK Tour

Jess Gillam saxophone

Gérard Korsten conductor

Ruth Rogers leader

 

MOZART Symphony No. 25

GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto

NYMAN Where the Bee Dances

HAYDN Symphony No. 104, ‘London’

 

Former BBC Young Musician finalist saxophonist Jess Gillam, one of the most acclaimed young classical music stars in recent years, joins London Mozart Players for a seven-concert tour across the UK this summer. 

Jess Gillam will bring all her virtuosity and “life affirming talent” (BBCYM) to QEH this July, with a programme encompassing Glazunov’s romantic and beautifully lyrical Saxophone Concerto and Nyman’s electrifying ‘Where the Bee Dances’, alongside LMP favourites by classical giants Mozart and Haydn. Still only 21, Jess Gillam burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist ever to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition. She has wowed audiences and inspired young musicians with her passion for music ever since – her first album, RISE, released in April 2019, shot to No.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts. 

If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again! This will be an extraordinary night of music-making from a Classical Brit winning soloist and an internationally celebrated orchestra.

Jess Gillam & LMP UK Tour

Jess Gillam saxophone

Gérard Korsten conductor

Ruth Rogers leader

 

MOZART Symphony No. 25

GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto

NYMAN Where the Bee Dances

HAYDN Symphony No. 104, ‘London’

 

Former BBC Young Musician finalist saxophonist Jess Gillam, one of the most acclaimed young classical music stars in recent years, joins London Mozart Players for a seven-concert tour across the UK this summer. 

In the opening concert of the tour, Jess Gillam will bring all her virtuosity and “life affirming talent” (BBCYM) to Croydon this July, with a programme encompassing Glazunov’s romantic and beautifully lyrical Saxophone Concerto and Nyman’s electrifying ‘Where the Bee Dances’, alongside LMP favourites by classical giants Mozart and Haydn. Still only 21, Jess Gillam burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist ever to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition. She has wowed audiences and inspired young musicians with her passion for music ever since – her first album, RISE, released in April 2019, shot to No.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts. 

If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again! This will be an extraordinary night of music-making from a Classical Brit winning soloist and an internationally celebrated orchestra.

Mozart Requiem

ROYAL CHORAL SOCIETY

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS

Conductor Richard Cooke

Soloists Julia Doyle, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Robin Bailey, Tristan Hambleton

 

MOZART Requiem

HANDEL Zadok the Priest, My Heart is Inditing

MOZART Symphony No.39 in E flat, K.543

 

Legend says that the swan sings one sublime song in its life – just before death. If there were ever a ‘swan song’ to perfectly reflect this metaphor it is Mozart’s final composition – his Requiem, a masterpiece of drama and passion.

The enigmatic circumstances of the composition – the mysterious commission, the death of Mozart, the secret completion by students – have ensured a continued fascination with the work, but above all it is the music that endures: the poignant Kyrie, the powerful Dies Irae, the affecting Lacrimosa.

The Royal Choral Society has been performing this choral favourite since the choir’s formation in 1872. In this, their first concert in Croydon for 50 years, they will also perform two much-loved anthems by Handel including the epic ‘Zadok the Priest’. The choir will be joined by Fairfield Halls’ resident orchestra, the London Mozart Players, who will also perform Mozart’s majestic Symphony No.39, all under the baton of Royal Choral Society Music Director Richard Cooke.

The Royal Choral Society has been performing the choral masterpieces ever since its formation for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871, including the UK premières of Verdi’s Requiem in 1875, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in 1884, both concerts conducted by their composers.

Tickets coming soon.

CANCELLED
Júlia Pusker & LMP in Wotton

Júlia Pusker and The London Mozart Players perform as part of the Wotton Summer concert in a programme that will include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concert and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

CANCELLED
FIRE! – the story of The Great Fire of London

London Mozart Players
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton


Music by Richard M Brown
Script by Sarah Harding and Fern Dickson
Lyrics by Richard M Brown and Fern Dickson

Since 1988 The Classical Road Show, an educational charity has given many thousands of children in London and beyond exceptional musical experiences through our innovative concerts and workshops. 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.

Shoshanah Sievers in Grayshott

Now at the Royal College of Music, Shoshanah Sievers has already shone for us on numerous occasions: performed with Tasmin Little, played solo for Sir Karl Jenkins in Peacemakers, starred in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5 with LMP and, when she was just 6, understudied in our opera Madame Butterfly as the child ‘Sorrow’.

Tonight, Shoshanah performs two challenging works. Bruch’s Violin Concerto is always a favourite so will be very welcome this evening. She will also perform the world premiere of Enchantment, commissioned for her by Grayshott Concerts from Sir Karl Jenkins. The programme includes: Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Bizet’s Symphony No.1 with LMP conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton.

POSTPONED
The world premiere of Libera Nos #LMPbytheSea

EVENT POSTPONED – new date announced soon

Polo Piatti Libera Nos

 

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS

HASTINGS SINFONIA

LIBERA NOS CHOIR

HASTINGS MUSIC CENTRE JUNIOR CHOIR

Sharon Gamble-Tyner Soprano

Linda Grace Alto

Matthew Scott Clark Tenor

Stephen Holloway Bass

Daisy Wardle Treble

 

The epic finale of the 2019/20 #LMPbytheSea series in Hastings. This June, experience the world premiere of Polo Piatti’s long-awaited Libera Nos, the very first multi-faith oratorio to be premiered anywhere in the world. 

This monumental work is written for five soloists, a mixed choir, a children’s choir and a full symphony orchestra. The world-renowned London Mozart Players will be joined by Hastings Sinfonia and multi-generational choirs to perform this epic. Originally commissioned by Mr Peter Armstrong on behalf of Musica Sacra, Libera Nos took over three years to be researched and finally completed.

Taking music and narrations inspired by five major world religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Libera Nos is an emotive and multi-layered choral work which encourages us to look for common ground and universal similarities, conveying the need to unite the traditional beliefs and spiritual messages of the main world religions.  

This world premiere will conclude the LMP’s 2019/20 season in Hastings, an apt finale that celebrates the power of music to unite the whole community, in Hastings and beyond!

Tickets now on sale.

Bedros Shetilian & LMP

London Mozart Players
Bedros Shetilian  Conductor
Julia Pusker Violin

BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op.110a
PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony 

An eclectic programme from the London Mozart Players under the baton of US Conductor Bedros Shetilian draws together three works from the twentieth century juxtaposed with Mendelssohn’s romantic violin concerto. 

Bartok’s arrangement of dances from Transylvania will bring the colourful variety of Romanian villages to life in the heart of London’s St John’s Smith Square. By contrast Shostakovich’s elegiac String Quartet No. 8, known as his Chamber Symphony, is a powerful and personal work infused with sorrow that reflects his own life under the harsh circumstances created by the USSR’s totalitarian system, and which the composer could not hear without weeping. Another change of mood again, this time with Prokofiev’s dazzling neo-classical first symphony, which was written as a tribute to Haydn and Mozart to counter the lush romanticism of Wagner, while reinventing the symphony for the twentieth century. 

 

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, his last major work, is a cornerstone of the repertoire. From the fast and passionate opening with its haunting melody and breathtaking cadenza through to the thrilling coda of the final movement, there is quicksilver beauty in every bar. Brilliant young violinist Julia Pusker, one of the Hungary’s finest musicians and a founding member of the Ensemble Mirage, which featured in the 2016/17 St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ series, will give a virtuoso performance of this beloved work. 

 

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.

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

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! Part of LMP’s new residency in Hastings ‘LMP by the sea’ for the 2019/20 season.

There will be two performances of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ at Hastings Library on 28 May 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 on Monday 20th April.

 

 

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! Part of LMP’s new residency in Hastings ‘LMP by the sea’ for the 2019/20 season.

There will be two performances of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ at Hastings Library on 28 May 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 at 7.00am on Monday 20th April.

 

 

CANCELLED
Newbury Festival 2020

London Mozart Players
Newbury Spring Festival Chorus
Stephen Barlow conductor
Simon Blendis leader

Mozart Vespers
Mozart Operatic arias & duets tbc
Mozart Divertimento k.136 for strings
Mozart Coronation Mass

Stephen Barlow returns for the third time to conduct the Newbury Spring Festival Chorus in masterpieces by Mozart. This year he is joined by the world-renowned London Mozart Players. A stellar cast of young soloists will perform the Laudate Dominum from the Vespers and two of Mozart’s finest arias.
The first performance was at the coronation of Francis II as Holy Roman Emperor in 1792