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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.

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.

 

The concert will be in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex, Patron of the LMP.

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.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Howard Shelley directs the orchestra in a magical candlelit staged performance of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring actor and director Tama Matheson.

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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.

LMP Friends get 20% discount on top two ticket prices (£32, £45).
(NB: Discount Code needs to be entered PRIOR to selecting seats. When you click ‘book now’ on your event page, the overall seating plan of the Queen Elizabeth Hall appears. At the top LEFT corner of this page, above the event title, is the promo code field. Enter the code then click the arrow to the right of the box to apply the code, then when you choose your seats you then get the LMP Friends discount as a ticket option.)

 

Faure’s Requiem with Excelsis Chamber Choir

Accompanied by the London Mozart Players, Excelsis Chamber Choir marks the launch of its new CD with performances of Faure’s Requiem and works by acclaimed local composer, Clive Osgood.

Tickets are £32 or £25 depending on seating location

General booking opens: 26 March 2019

Chipping Campden Music Festival

Ruth Rogers Leader & soloist

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS

 

Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.1 in G major

Bach Brandenberg concerto No.6
Bach Double Violin concerto
Vivaldi Four Seasons
London Mozart Players return to Chipping Campden for the 18th annual music festival in May. The festival line-up this year features world-renowned musicians including: the acclaimed young conductor Gergely Madaras, Robert Levin & cellist Steven Isserlis. The London Mozart Players’ concert performance will feature soloist and LMP Leader Ruth Rogers.
Tickets:

Reserved £40 & £35, Unreserved £24, Students £1

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.

 

Michael Collins at Eaton Square

MOZART Violin Sonata for clarinet and string trio, K.378
WEBER Clarinet Quintet Op.34
MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581

This year, the London Mozart Players celebrate their 70th Anniversary. To mark this wonderful occasion, we have appointed the renowned Mozart interpreter, clarinettist Michael Collins, as ‘Artist in Association’. Together, they present a special chamber music programme of works for clarinet and strings by Mozart and Weber.

St. Paul’s Co-Educational College International Music Conference 2019

Wada Inuyasha Dagaku-Renka
Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major, K.452
Holst St. Paul’s Suite
Mendelssohn String Octet in E-flat major, Op.20
Side-by-side with London Mozart Players is a four-day residency that brings 12 professional players from London where they work intensively with students from St Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School as well as five other schools in coaching and rehearsals, culminating in a side-by-side performance of the magnificent Beethoven Seventh Symphony, among other symphonic classics!

Music in the Studio 2019: LMP Quintet

Simon Blendis, 1st violin

Sijie Chen, 2nd violin

Sophie Renshaw, viola

Julia Desbruslais, cello

Marie Lloyd, clarinet

 

London Mozart Players perform in Dubai this April.

Curated by internationally renowned pianist Amira Fouad, Music in the Studio is set in Dubai Opera’s acoustically flawless studio, allowing for a more atmospheric and unmissable experience between the musicians and their audiences. In this concert performance, the London Mozart Players Quintet performing music by Mozart, Schubert and Brahms.

 

Tickets are on sale

Price: AED 150 Free Seating

Turner Sims Chamber Ensemble

Mozart Quintet for piano and wind in E flat, K452
Poulenc Sextet for piano and wind quintet in C, FP 100
Mozart Divertimento in B flat for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, K439b
Beethoven Quintet for piano and wind in E flat, Op 16

LMP perform a chamber programme built around the piano quintets by Mozart and Beethoven at the University of Southhampton.

Writing to his father shortly after its premiere Mozart wrote ‘I consider it to be the best work I’ve ever composed’, whilst Beethoven’s inspiration was a performance of Mozart’s piece that he heard in Prague. Poulenc’s sextet is one of the composer’s most popular works.

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 incarnatus 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.

 

Parry’s Judith

Parry Judith – oratorio
London Mozart Players
William Vann conductor
Sarah Fox soprano
Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Henry Waddington bass-baritone
Crouch End Festival Chorus

 

Witness the first full London performance since the 19th century of Hubert Parry’s stunning oratorio Judith at this concert under the baton of William Vann.

The oratorio, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s first, was premiered in Birmingham in August 1888 and was an instant success, consolidating his reputation as a composer of large-scale orchestral and choral writing. It is a work of persistent quality, vigorous choruses and dramatic solo roles, which also contains the melody that later, under the name ‘Repton’, became the famous hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’. Yet it has been largely forgotten, and neglected for the best part of a century.

Interest in this captivating tale of the deeds of one of the most famed of biblical characters has been building since its 2015 Canadian premiere. Conducted by William Vann, founder of the London English Song Festival and Director of Music at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the London Mozart Players, Crouch End Festival Chorus and a host of top-ranking soloists will revive the work and give it its first full performance in London since 1889.

This is an important event in the modern revival of Parry’s music, and neglected English masterpieces in general.

There will be a pre-concert talk at the Royal Festival Hall at 6pm. Professor Jeremy Dibble will explore the history behind Parry’s oratorio Judith, from its commission, creation and first performance to its subsequent neglect, and its position in the oratorio canon. Admission free. This talk is 30 minutes long.

Mozart & Haydn: Celebrating Genius

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

Haydn Symphony No.95
Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 in A K.488
Hummel Concertino in G Op.73
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.

LMP Friends get 20% discount on top two ticket prices (£32, £45).
(NB: Discount Code needs to be entered PRIOR to selecting seats. When you click ‘book now’ on your event page, the overall seating plan of the Queen Elizabeth Hall appears. At the top LEFT corner of this page, above the event title, is the promo code field. Enter the code then click the arrow to the right of the box to apply the code, then when you choose your seats you then get the LMP Friends discount as a ticket option.)

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.

Benjamin Baker & Timothy Ridout at Grayshott

Highly talented young and multiple award-winning musicians Benjamin Baker (violin) and Timothy Ridout (viola) will share the stage with the London Mozart Players in a programme including the Arensky Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Tickets are £32 or £25 depending on seating location

Optional pre-concert Supper at Applegarth

General booking for this concert opens: 6 February 2019

G. F. Handel: Messiah

HANDEL Messiah

Ronny Krippner, conductor

Lucy Cronin, soprano 

Rosie Parker, alto 

James Geer, tenor 

Christian Smith, bass 

 

First performed in 1742, Handel’s oratorio is one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. The Whitgift Chamber Choir, the Choirs of Croydon Minster and the Whitgift-Minster Choral Society are joined by the esteemed London Mozart Players under the direction of Ronny Krippner. An unforgettable evening of music, culminating in a rousing rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. 

 

Tickets only available on the door (£15/Concessions £10) 

Concessions: Children 16 und under, Over 60s, Students (17-25 in full-time education).  

 

Mozart’s Mass & Schumann’s Piano Concerto

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

London Mozart Players
Hackney Singers
Lewisham Choral Society

Dan Ludford-Thomas conductor
Nico de Villiers piano
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
Helen Meyerhoff soprano
Peter Davoren tenor
Philip Tebb bass

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).