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A Concert Extraordinaire with Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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 – Live to Picture

The iconic animated film of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, with music by Howard Blake has been a Christmas TV favourite since its premiere back in 1982. As part of their award-winning #LMPOnTheMove series, the London Mozart Players perform the full orchestral score live to picture, along with other family favourites for the Christmas season. A festive classic perfect for the whole family.  

More info and tickets coming soon.

FIRE! The story of The Great Fire of London

London Mozart Players

Guildhall School of Music Students

Conductor  Benjamin Pope

Narrators Michael Dore (Pepys) Annabelle Brown (Jane)

Music by Richard M Brown

Script by Sarah Harding and Fern Dickson

Lyrics by Richard M Brown and Fern Dickson

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.

Mill Hill Music Club Concert

London Mozart Players
Director: Simon Blendis

Mozart – Divertimento in B flat major K.137
Piazzolla – Libertango & Oblivion
Britten – Simple Symphony Op.4
Tchaikovsky – Serenade in C major Op.48

The Mill Hill Music Club is now in its 65th year and LMP is delighted to perform in its 2019/2020 season opening concert on 22nd September.

Encompassing classical strings, a romantic serenade, two passionate tango-inspired works and a string symphony that’s both boistrous and sentimental, it’s a varied programme that perfectly showcases the talent within the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra.

The concert will take place in The Hall, The Henrietta Barnett School, with its superb acoustics, easy accessibility and friendly atmosphere.

 

Fairfield Halls Opening Gala Concert

Guest Conductors: Jane Glover, Gerard Korsten, Howard Shelley, Hilary Devan Wetton

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 ‘Classical’

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

MOZART Arias

WOOLF New Commission, world premiere

 

The London Mozart Players return to the newly-refurbished Fairfield Halls for a celebratory gala opening concert that marks their 70th birthday and their 30th year as Croydon’s resident orchestra.

After four years’ absence, classical music is back in the heart of Croydon. To celebrate the LMP’s return to Fairfield Halls, in this first classical concert the orchestra will perform a variety of adored works that showcase the talent within the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and an exquisite selection of Mozart Arias with lyric soprano Louise Alder will be performed alongside an exciting new commission from young composer Alex Woolf, BBC Young Composer of the Year 2012, who was inspired to take up composition aged 11 after encountering an LMP outreach project in 2006.

Performing this incredible music under the batons of favourite LMP conductors including Howard Shelley, Jane Glover, Hilary Devan Wetton and Gerard Korsten, the orchestra will delight friends old and new with its flair and versatility as it looks forward to reacquainting itself with this magnificent, freshly minted venue.

 

Tickets are also available for the concert ‘After Party’ (£15 including wine and canapés, limited availability), where the celebrations will carry on with the LMP (watch out for some cameo cabaret party pieces) and representatives from BRIT School, Trinity Boys Choir and other friends and supporters.

Grayshott Concerts with Jamal Aliyev

Prokofiev Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Op.33
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mozart Symphony No.35 in D K.385 ‘Haffner’

Turkish-born young British cellist Jamal Aliyev, winner of the third Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club/Classic FM award, joins the London Mozart Players for Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme (Op 33). This work is regarded as the closest the composer came to a full concerto for cello and orchestra.

 

Tickets are £32 or £25 depending on seating location

Optional pre-concert Supper at Applegarth

General booking opens:  21 July 2019  (side aisles only)

Summer Serenade

MozartEine kleine Nachtmusik
Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending
Elgar – Serenade for Strings in E minor
Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C

London Mozart Players
Ruth Rogers Violin / Director

On a balmy August evening, in the iconic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the London Mozart Players will serenade you with some of the most beautiful pieces in the repertoire. Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik is perfect for all occasions, but in the height of summer, there’s nothing better than to drift away to the ravishing romance of Elgar and Vaughan Williams and the passion of Tchaikovsky.

 

LMP Friends Annual Concert & Lunch

Bach (arr. Mozart) Prelude and Fugue KV404a No. 5 in Eb
Holst Trio in G minor
Sibelius Trio in G minor
Schubert Trio in Bb, D581
Sijie Chen violin
Sophie Renshaw viola
Sarah Butcher cello
The LMP Friends annual lunchtime concert is an exclusive event for those with LMP Friend membership, tickets to this concert are not available publicly.

JAM on the Marsh with Michael Bawtree

Finzi Eclogue for Piano and String Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
James Aburn New Work (world premiere)
Sibelius Impromptu No5
Paul Mealor Symphony No2 (Sacred Places)

A fabulous programme including Tchaikovsky,  Sibelius and Finzi, alongside Paul Mealor’s spectacular 2nd Symphony and a world premiere by Kent composer James Aburn.

Paul Mealor was Festival Curator of JAM on the Marsh (2015-16) and it is a huge pleasure to be presenting only the second performance of his 2nd Symphony. The subtitle of this most expressive of works is ‘Sacred Places’; the piece having been inspired by the vast open spaces of the Rocky Mountains, Canada. It is scored for strings, percussion and piano.

Joining the orchestra, and making her JAM on the Marsh debut, is the outstanding British pianist, Anna Tilbrook. Michael Bawtree will conduct this final concert of the festival; a perfect musical offering to finish his first year as Festival Curator.

 

Croydon PrideFest 2019

Croydon PrideFest returns for its fourth consecutive year on Saturday 13 July. Beginning with a parade through Croydon Town Centre, the festival this year returns to Wandle Park, LMP will be performing during the celebrations.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Serenade

London Mozart Players
City of London Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor
Tama Matheson, narrator*
Rebecca Bottone, soprano
Maya Wheeler-Colwell, mezzo soprano

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Walton Henry V Suite
Finzi Love’s Labours Lost
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music 

Fittingly, a veritable banquet of Shakespeare concludes the 2019 Summer City in the Churches Festival in this most special venue, his local church. In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote the ravishing incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is here performed alongside words (excerpts in abridged form) spoken by the multi-faceted actor Tama Matheson, whom we also hear in Walton’s Henry V Suite.  Vaughan Williams adapts text from The Merchant of Venice for his Serenade to Music; fans of his composition The Lark Ascending will rejoice in his scoring, in particular the solo violin, but here with the added power of chorus, soloists and profoundly beautiful words:

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.

​Tickets £20 (includes interval drinks)

This concert is part of ‘Summer Music in City Churches’. Book via their website to go into a draw to win a champagne dinner for two.

https://www.summermusiccitychurches.com/news.

To see the other concerts in the series, visit their website.

Façade & Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
Walton Façade (words: Edith Sitwell)

Sam West, narrator

Ben Pope, conductor

London Mozart Players

Displaying a wonderful and vivid musical imagination, Saint-Saëns wrote his light-hearted suite Le carnaval des animaux in 1886 with an unusual scoring for two pianos, a sparse string section, glass harmonica and a xylophone. His imagined sounds from elegant swans, roaring lions, rattling dinosaur bones to a fishy pellucid underwater world are now often heard interspersed with the witty poems of Ogden Nash who wrote these companions to the music in 1949.  By contrast, Edith Sitwell’s near nonsense poems entitled Façade: An Entertainment provided the starting point for William Walton’s accompaniments. The two are cleverly interwoven and performed together with the spoken words fitting amusingly over rhythm and melody.

Tickets

£20 Unreserved seating (includes a glass of wine in the interval)

20% discount for groups of 4 or more 50% concession for students

This concert is part of ‘Summer Music in City Churches’. Book via their website to go into a draw to win a champagne dinner for two.

https://www.summermusiccitychurches.com/news.

To see the other concerts in the series, visit their website.

Amnesty for Musical Instruments

A Midsummer Night in SE19

A witty retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream accompanied by Mendelssohn’s incidental music

 

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
Conductor: Howard Shelley
Actor: Tama Matheson

7pm drinks and entertainment
8pm concert performance

LMP will be joined by actor Tama Matheson and our Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley for a truly entertaining performance that’s perfect for Midsummer. Tama’s witty adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a whistle-stop 90-minute tour de force that fuses poetry and drama with music and entertainment, creating an exuberant performance that will have you chortling into your prosecco – this is definitely something for grown-ups only! Accompanying the drama, Howard Shelley will conduct the LMP performing Mendelssohn’s blissful incidental music to the play, which will transport you to the Bard’s forest glade.

The doors open at 7pm for drinks, strawberries and cream and pre-concert entertainment, with the main performance starting at 8pm.

 

Priority Tickets: £24.00 (includes reserved seating, pre-concert drink, programme)

Adult: £19.00 (includes a pre-concert drink)

Concessions (OAP): £17.00 (includes a pre-concert drink)

Young Person (16-25): £9.00

This concert is not suitable for children under 12.

 

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Mozartfest Würzburg 2019

Mozart Sinfonie Nr. 34 C-Dur KV 338

Hummel Klavierkonzert F-Dur op. post. 1

Beethoven Sinfonie Nr. 4 B-Dur op. 60

 

Howard Shelley and London Mozart Players perform a programme of Mozart, Hummel & Beethoven at the Mozartfest Würzburg 2019.

ShenFest 2019

Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Boccherini Quintet in E major

Schubert Cello quintet in C major

 

London Mozart Players Quintet

Ruth Rogers, Sebastian Comberti, Julia Desbruslais, Sophie Renshaw & Antonia Kesel

 

This is a free concert, just turn up to see the performance – donations are requested to help maintain the churches in the parish.

 

Roald Dahl’s The Three Little Pigs

Join the LMP for a musical treat for children of all ages with Roald Dahl’s riotous re-telling of iconic children’s fable The Three Little Pigs. Paul Patterson’s lively music and spirited narration will bring Roald Dahl’s hilarious tale to life.

Free entry – limited tickets available (please book in advance).