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.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 31st January.

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 in the opening concert of the Festival of Chichester, 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.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 31st January.

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.

General release tickets go on sale on Friday 31st January.

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.

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.

General release tickets on sale Friday 31st January.

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.

General release tickets go on sale on Friday 31st January.

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.

LMP by the sea – Multi-Faith Oratorio

Polo Piatti Multi-Faith Oratorio

The concluding concert in LMP’s year long residency in Hastings – A community performance of the long-awaited multi-faith oratorio written by local composer, Polo Piatti.

More info and tickets coming soon

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. 

 

Tickets coming in 2020.

Noye’s Fludde

BRITTEN Noye’s Fludde

WILL VANN conductor

RUTH ROGERS director

FATHER JOHN as ‘God’

WELCOME CHOIR

ROCKMOUNT & CYPRESS SCHOOLS

 

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. Originally conceived as a community opera, this joyful work is tailor-made to show off the array of talent in Upper Norwood, bringing 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.

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.

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

 

 

Newbury Festival 2020

London Mozart Players
Newbury Spring Festival Chorus
Stephen Barlow conductor

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

LMP & Craig Ogden

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
JONATHAN BLOXHAM conductor
CRAIG OGDEN guitar

‘A worthy successor to Julian Bream’ BBC Music Magazine

MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C major, K.425 (Linz’)
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op.90 (‘Italian’)

‘I’m delighted to be playing with the London Mozart Players in the fantastic Fairfield Hall. Rodrigo’s Aranjuez Concerto is the pinnacle of our concerto repertoire and it’s a huge privilege to play a piece that is so widely appreciated’ Craig Ogden

Arguably the most famous guitar concerto ever written, Rodrigo’s masterpiece, the Concierto de Aranjuez, comes alive in the hands of classical guitarist Craig Ogden, who will transport us to the sultry orange groves of the Spanish royal palace with this exquisite yet technically challenging work. The second movement, the Adagio, with its famous theme and beautiful cadenzas is particularly evocative, capturing the essence of Spain with its sensual flamenco rhythms and harmonies. London Mozart Players are delighted to be performing alongside Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden – one of the most electrifying classical guitar players of his generation. His albums frequently top the UK classical chart and composers are lining up to write music especially for him.

The continental theme of the concert continues with Mozart’s inventive and exuberant ‘Linz’ Symphony (No.36), composed in just four days, and Mendelssohn’s delightful Italian Symphony (No.4), which the composer himself described as ‘the jolliest piece I have so far written…’.

‘One of the most winning performances I have encountered’
Classic CD on Craig Ogden’s recording of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez

Craig Ogden & LMP

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
JONATHAN BLOXHAM conductor
CRAIG OGDEN guitar

‘A worthy successor to Julian Bream’ BBC Music Magazine

MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C major, K.425 (Linz’)
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op.90 (‘Italian’)

Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, is the centrepiece in London Mozart’s Player’s ‘grand tour’ of Europe. This celebrated chamber orchestra, which marked its 70th birthday in 2019, will bring to life the continental delights of Mozart’s inventive and exuberant ‘Linz’ Symphony (No.36), and Mendelssohn’s vivacious Italian Symphony (No.4) which bookend the iconic Spanish masterpiece. 

London Mozart Players are delighted to be performing alongside Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden – one of the most acclaimed classical guitar players of his generation. Ogden will transport us to the exotic gardens of the Spanish royal palace with this exquisite yet technically challenging work. The second movement, the Adagio, with its famous theme and beautiful cadenzas captures the essence of Spain with its sensual flamenco rhythms and harmonies.

 

General release tickets go on sale on Friday 15th November.

Peace and Harmony

Sanjay Guha Artistic Director

Saleel Tambe Tabla

Dr. Vijay Rajput Vocals

Robin Christian Flute

Harsha Amin Choreography

Subrang Arts Dancers

London Mozart Players Quartet

 

Peace and Harmony’ is an exciting cross-cultural collaboration between a quartet from Fairfield Halls’ resident orchestra, the London Mozart Players, and Subrang Arts Dancers – a collective of Indian musicians and dancers.

 

Exploring the different musical worlds of the ancient but continuous tradition of Indian classical music and dance alongside traditional Western classical music, the musicians and dancers will perform together to present a unique and fascinating East/West fusion of musical art forms. Improvisations on traditional instruments from both sides of the cultural divide will create a musical ‘dialogue’ with the music expressed in dance form, particularly influenced by Kathak style dances from North India.

 

Tickets coming soon

Verdi’s Requiem with City of London Choir

Rachel Nicholls soprano
Diana Moore mezzo soprano
Alexander James Edwards tenor
Stephen Gadd baritone
City of London Choir
London Mozart Players
Hilary Davan Wetton conductor

The City of London Choir and London Mozart players perform Verdi’s confrontation of mortality, with its elegiac passages of spiritual intensity and enthralling choruses of terrifying drama.

Verdi’s unparalleled understanding of the human voice and his skill as an opera composer makes this sacred work one with the passion and drama of an opera. The City of London Choir present a thrilling and authoritative account of one of the greatest and most-loved choral works.

Piano Explored – F.X Mozart

Franz Xaver Mozart Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat Op.25 

The celebrations for Howard Shelley’s 70th birthday conclude with the LMP’s final Piano Explored concert. The piano concerto in E flat by Wolfgang’s son Franz Xaver with its rich and intricate piano figuration will delight those who love his father’s well-known works.  

Franz Xaver was only four months old when Wolfgang died, but his mother, Constanze, ensured that he received excellent music tuition, and his compositions bear the hallmarks of his father’s music, with its perfect balance between piano and orchestra and lavish array of melodies and poignant slow movements. Franz Xaver’s gorgeously expressive and virtuoso piano concerto in E flat is reminiscent of Wolfgang’s compositions, particularly K.271, and has suggestions of works by Weber and Hummel. Like Wolfgang in his own E flat major concerto K.482, Franz Xaver replaces oboes with the softer clarinets, which lend a more sensuous sound to the concerto.  If you’re not familiar with the junior Mozart, this is the perfect introductory piece, and Howards illuminating deconstructions will add to the performance of this rarely heard gem. 

 

Rated No. 3 in the classical charts on release, Howard Shelley’s recording of this work received a 5-star review in the BBC Music Magazine, and the Financial Times described it as ‘ …the real thing, taking the listener on an unpredictable and emotional journey.’  

 

‘[Shelley] brings a real poignancy to the halting, minor-key slow movement, while the finale is brought to life with an unobtrusive felicity…’ (Gramophone)