Christmas Gifts from the London Mozart Players

Mozart Explored

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K 449
Howard Shelley pianist-conductor
London Mozart Players
Mozart Explored is a series that aims to unearth and explore both Mozart’s best-loved and lesser-known piano concertos. With short illustrated introductions to the concerto from Howard Shelley as well as a full performance of the work, these concerts offer listeners a unique and personal insight into understanding the characteristics of Mozart’s compositional style.

Regarded as the first of Mozart’s mature series of concertos, Piano Concerto No. 14 is the first of three successive piano concerti. The work shares with K450 and K451 an increased demand on the soloist, a developed writing style for the orchestra and a new found boldness in the treatment of the form.


Christmas test

The Portsmouth Grammar School Remembrance Concert

Alain Litanies
Lili Boulanger Pie Jesu
Albinoni Oboe Concerto No. 2 in D minor
Kelly Elegy for Strings: In memoriam Rupert Brooke
Campkin I watched the Dying Light (world premiere)
Britten arr. Imogen Holst Rejoice in the Lamb
Jonathan Dove Selection of songs from Friday Afternoons

Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir
Portsmouth Grammar School Community Choir
Portsmouth Grammar School Junior School
Castle Primary School
Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Orchestrar
London Mozart Players

Dominic Peckham conductor

The London Mozart Players join musicians from The Portsmouth Grammar School for the annual Remembrance Concert. The centrepiece of the concert is a newly-commissioned work by PGS Associate Composer Alexander Campkin, setting words by Rupert Brooke and exploring new choral sound worlds. Alongside this piece are solo performances by Lydia Carter (oboe) and Francesca Clayton (soprano), with the LMP, and a performance of Imogen Holst’s orchestration of Britten’s ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’.

In the second half, over 100 children from The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School and Castle Primary School join the PGS Chamber Choir, Year 7 Choir and London Mozart Players under the baton of Dominic Peckham to perform songs written by Jonathan Dove, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s ‘Friday Afternoons’ in a newly-commissioned orchestration written by Christopher Hussey and supported by the Aldeburgh Trust.

Lest We Forget

Mozart Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K 477
Corp And All the Trumpets Sounded
Mozart Requiem in D minor, K 626
London Mozart Players
Guildford Choral Society
Josephine Goddard soprano
Amy Lyddon contralto
Thobela Ntshanyana tenor
Gareth Brynmawr John bass
Jonathan Willcocks conductor
This concert, as we approach Remembrance Sunday, marks the Centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme – four months of attritional carnage in 1916 during which nearly one and a half million men lost their lives. One of the truly great settings of the Requiem Mass – that of Mozart – is partnered by a stunning work by the contemporary composer Ronald Corp. Set for soprano and baritone soloists, chorus and orchestra, the text of this moving lament for those who died in the Great War combines the ancient words of the Mass for the Dead with poetry by First World War poets such as Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Charles Sorley and Wilfred Owen – all of whom were profoundly affected by the terrible slaughter of warfare.  As a Prelude, the concert opens with Mozart’s brief but moving Funeral Music.


Mozart Explored

Mozart Concerto for Piano No. 13 in C major, K 415

Howard Shelley pianist-conductor
London Mozart Players

Howard Shelley and London Mozart Players return to St John’s Smith Square for the third season of their highly successful lunchtime concert series Mozart Explored. For the second concert in the series, Howard Shelley will explore Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.13, a concerto that develops the soloist’s role to be displayed more prominently than in previous works, while the orchestra sees the use of more counterpoint that in previous concerti. Full of life, the work sees no shortage of ideas, that the composer can’t wait to show the audience.


LMP Launch Concert at St John’s

Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Piazzolla Autumn from the Four Seasons
Grainger Londonderry Air
Vivaldi Concerto for Two Trumpets
Mozart Symphony No. 29


The London Mozart Players have arrived in Upper Norwood – Come and see them perform in their new home this October. In an afternoon of music, art and performance, after the concert mingle with the musicians and experience many of the cultural delights Upper Norwood has to offer, including:

– A preview of Bach to Baby – the critically acclaimed concert series for the whole family to enjoy together, from newborns to great-grandparents
– Food and drink stalls by suppliers from the Crystal Palace Food Market (a Transition Town project)
– An interactive kids art workshop led by a local artist
– An art exhibition in the foyer of St John the Evangelist

In association with:

launch-partnersThis is a free event but there are limited places, so please book in advance to avoid disappoint. You can help support future community projects and concerts by giving a voluntary donation to the orchestra via the booking form. This event is suitable for the whole family.

Doors will open at 2.30pm for a 3.00pm concert start.

Swan Song

Gibbons The Silver Swan
Strauss Four Last Songs
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple conductor
Erica Eloff soprano
Benjamin Appl baritone
London Mozart Players

Crouch End Festival Chorus and the London Mozart Players present ‘Swan Song’, a programme reflecting the end of life and mourning.

Gibbons’s 17th-century madrigal Silver Swan is a brief and beautiful opening to this concert, before Strauss’s exquisite Four Last Songs, performed by Erica Eloff.  The choir and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Benjamin Appl conclude the concert with Brahms’s hauntingly beautiful Ein deutsches Requiem, written during the years following his mother’s death.



Richard Brown FIRE!

London Mozart Players
Hilary Davan Wetton conductor
FIRE ! re-telling the story of the Great Fire of London 1666

The Classical Road Show warmly encourages all schools to book tickets for their pupils 7-11 year olds to take part in these lively concerts, when children sing lustily from their audience seats accompanied by top professional orchestras. There will be two concert performances on this day, one at 11.15am and one at 1.30pm.

Bach to Baby & LMP present ‘Magnificent Mozart’

East Finchley Arts Festival

Geoffrey Hanson Clarinet Concerto
Geoffrey Hanson Odyssey
Finzi Romance in E flat
Elgar Two part songs
Elgar The Shower
Elgar Dreams all too brief
Charles Villiers Stanford The Bluebird
Finzi My spirit sang all day
Finzi Clear and gentle stream
Finzi God is gone up!

London Mozart Players
Geoffrey Simon conductor
Geoffrey Hanson conductor
The London Ripieno Singers choirs
Som Howie  clarinet
Sebastian Comberti cello

The LMP return this year for their regular feature at the East Finchley Arts Festival. Over the years the LMP has premiered several works by the Festival Director, Geoffrey Hanson and this concert will include two of his works. The Clarinet Concerto played by the young prize winning Australian soloist Som Howie and the Odyssey performed by Sebastian Comberti, principal cellist of the London Mozart Players. We mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the quintessentially English composer, Gerald Finzi, with a performance of his Romance in E flat for orchestra and two of his part songs set off by Elgar and Stanford. This is a concert for lovers of English Music.

Australian conductor Geoffrey Simon enjoys an International career as conductor. Resident in London he has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. Internationally he has conducted both with Australian orchestras and in the USA. His record label, Cala Records includes a wide range of repertoire in its catalogue and features contemporary composers. A recording of Geoffrey Hanson’s music is shortly to be issued on that label.

LMP’s recording of Jonathan Dove’s cantata ‘For An Unknown Soldier’ released the week before Remembrance Sunday