Celebrating Mozart’s Birthday at SJUN

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Michael Collins: clarinet/director

Mozart Symphony No.27 in G K.199
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K. 622

Classical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins share a birthday – 27th January, just two weeks ahead of the London Mozart Players’ own 70th anniversary. There’s no better way to mark this triple celebration than to perform two of Mozart’s acclaimed works at our resident home, St John the Evangelist.

Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Though often played on the clarinet, you will be treated to a performance on the sonorous bassett clarinet, the instrument the work was originally written for. Distinguished artist Michael Collins will bring all his dazzling virtuosity to this classical favourite.

As an extra treat, directed by LMP Leader Simon Blendis, the orchestra will also perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 27, which is performed far less often than many of Mozart’s masterpieces

 

Give the gift of music to the community

As part of our mission to bring world-class classical music to Upper Norwood, this concert is sponsored to ensure that young music students, the disadvantaged and those who could not normally afford to go to classical concerts get a chance to come along for free.We are also releasing 100 general admission seats (£25). When you purchase your ticket(s) for this concert you will have the opportunity to purchase a further ticket(s) for £5, which will enable someone less fortunate to come along to this concert. Please consider sponsoring an extra seat, and spread the love for classical music!

 

TICKETS

100 tickets for this concert at £25 each are now on sale.
These exclusive tickets will include an invitation to a private post-concert champagne reception with Michael Collins and the orchestra, plus reserved seating and programme.

We expect there to be high demand for this concert, so please book ahead to secure your seats!

 

If you can’t make it to the concert but would still like to sponsor a seat for £5, please visit our ‘Donate’ page for payment options.

Mozart at Grayshott

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
LMP 70th Birthday Season
Michael Collins: clarinet/director

Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C K.338
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K.622
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C K.551 ‘Jupiter’

Mozart and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins share a birthday – 27th January, just two weeks ahead of the London Mozart Players’ own 70th anniversary. LMP return to Grayshott to perform some of Mozart’s best-loved works, the first of three concerts the orchestra will perform with Michael Collins.

Completed just two months before his death, Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Though often played on the clarinet, you will be treated to a performance on the sonorous bassett horn, the instrument it was originally written for. Distinguished artist Michael Collins’ will bring all his dazzling virtuosity to this masterpiece.

The London Mozart Players will also perform two Mozart symphonies, No. 34 and his final symphony, the magnificent No. 41 (Jupiter), which will be directed by LMP Leader Simon Blendis.

 

TICKETS TO THIS CONCERT ARE SOLD OUT

An Early Christmas Gift…

Deck the Halls!

Join the London Mozart Players and special guests The Croydon Citadel Band of the Salvation Army, the choirs and orchestras from Rockmount and Cypress Primary Schools and The Croydon Crisis Skylight Singers for a festive concert of seasonal music with carols for all and mulled wine!

This Christmas concert is full of local talent! The concert will see our project with Crisis in Croydon come to fruition: songwriter Michael Omer worked with clients from Crisis to write a song called ‘Things Are Getting Better’ which will be performed by the schools with The Skylight Singers (a choir formed of those helped by Crisis) and local poet Shaniqua Benjamin will perform the spoken word element of the piece.

In addition, the two winners of our Musical Stars competition for young singers, will also perform; and finally, a young cornet player from Croydon School, Thomas Nielsen, the winner of BBC Radio 2’s Young Brass Player 2018, will also be playing a solo alongside LMP. What a line up!

The warm and welcoming church of St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood plays host to this wonderful concert for all the family, so grab your santa hats and come along!

Programme includes: In the Bleak Midwinter, Jingle Bell Rock, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance, Schumann’s Träumerei and many more.

Priority £23.00 (reserved seating, programme, interval drink)
Adult £15 | Concessions (OAP) £13 | Young Person (16-25) £10 | Children £5
Family Tickets £36 (2 adults, 2 children)

Booking fees apply

Piano Explored – Finzi & Mozart

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

Simon Blendis: Violin

Judith Busbridge: Viola

 

FINZI Eclogue Op.10

MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K364

The latest in LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime series, this year with a twist! In their 70th anniversary season, musicians from LMP join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley in works that feature multiple soloists.

Finzi’s Eclogue was originally designed to be the slow movement of a Concerto for Piano and Strings. Instead, Finzi decided to publish the piece on its own. It contains a brilliant balance between a flowing and searching piano part, and a simple yet rich string accompaniment. In both, the melody is the stand out feature, primarily for its beauty and moments of drama, which are resolved by the peaceful ending in its home key of F major. Howard Shelley leads from the piano accompanied by the string sections of the London Mozart Players in this beautiful and popular piece.

The ravishing Sinfonia Concertante is a favourite for many Mozart lovers. Although an excellent violinist himself, Mozart actually preferred to play the viola when playing chamber music and he may have composed the viola part in the Sinfonia Concertante for himself. He brightens the viola’s darker tone with a scordatura tuning – writing the part in D major, with the strings tuned up a semitone. This brings the resonant open strings into play. LMP Leader Simon Blendis and Principal Viola Judith Busbridge take on the challenge of this glorious duet.

 

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works. In true LMP Christmas tradition and to get you feeling festive, stick around after this concert for FREE CHRISTMAS CAKE.

 

Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5

 

University of Essex Choir Winter Concert

The exceptional University of Essex Choir under their conductor Richard Cooke, together with the renowned London Mozart Players, present a Winter Concert of sublime choral music from Schubert and Durante, a Christmas favourite from Vaughan Williams and beautiful orchestral pieces from Corelli and Grieg.

 

Richard Cook conductor

University of Essex Choir

London Mozart Players

 

Durante Magnificat in B-flat major

Schubert Mass No. 2 in G, D.167

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Corelli Christmas Concerto

Grieg Holberg Suite Op. 40

Four ‘Cellos – Free Concert at SJUN

Who doesn’t love the ’cello? With a rich, warm sound that can make a room vibrate, it’s perhaps the instrument that most resembles the human voice, with exquisite high notes and sonorous deep notes and the most perfect middle range. At our free Coffee Concert on Saturday 1st December you’ll have the chance to hear a quartet of celli in a programme full of fabulous music designed to showcase this stunning instrument. Do come along and enjoy some delicious cake and coffee as well, and that will set you up for a bit of Christmas shopping!

No need to book, just put it in your diary and turn up on the day. Coffee and cake served from 11.00am with concert starting at 11.30am.

Tickets FREE. Donations to SJUN

Thanks to the LMP Friends for supporting this concert.

The perfect stocking fillers – LMP Merchandise

The Music of London – Arts Society

Peter Medhurst speaker

Helen Semple soprano

Maciek O’Shea bass-baritone

Jeremy Limb piano

The London Mozart Players 

NADFAS London Area Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Drawing on some of the finest composers ever associated with the musical life of London, Peter Medhurst presents and introduces a range of works from Cornysh to Coward that reflects the diversity and brilliance of masterpieces associated with England’s capital.  Music includes: JC Bach – Flute Quartet in C major W B58, G Pinto – Grand Sonata in E-flat minor Op 3 No 1, J Ireland – Phantasie Trio in A minor for violin, ’cello & piano, and W Walton – A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table.

 

Tickets £38.50

Available from Kings Place Box Office +3.00 booking fee per transaction -No booking fee if purchased in person from Box Office

£75k raised for our Birthday season

After  launching an appeal to raise £100,000 for our birthday year, we’ve already hit the £75k mark. We’d like to say a massive thank you to all those who have donated so far – your generosity has made this season of exciting concerts and projects possible.

 

Our 2018/19 Birthday season started with a dramatic opening, as LMP members arrived on the number 70 Routemaster bus for a concert performance on the concourse at St Pancras Intl featuring Howard Shelley. Our lunchtime concert series Piano Explored at St John’s Smith Square is now well underway with one more performance before Christmas – the next Piano Explored concert (Wednesday 12th Dec) will feature a performance of Mozart’s ravishing Sinfonia Concertante by Leader Simon Blendis and Principal Viola Judith Busbridge. We’ve also performed at our resident venue St John the Evangelist with Radu Kis (teenage finalist of Hungary’s prestigious Virtuosos 2017 classical music competition) for our season launch, and film score aficionado & conductor Ben Palmer for Sounds of the Silver Screen. In December the orchestra will be performing twice at St John the Evangelist: Four Cellos – a free coffee concert on Saturday 1st December (made possible by the generous support of the LMP Friend’s network), and Deck the Halls – our Christmas extravaganza on Friday 14th December, a concert in aid of the charity Crisis.

 

For the full list of upcoming concerts, please visit our What’s On page. Alternatively, donate to our appeal and help us reach £100k by Christmas – Donations of any size are greatly appreciated!

 

Sounds of the Silver Screen

London Mozart Players
Conductor: Ben Palmer

 

From Pinewood to . . . Norwood!

London Mozart Players bring the magic of the movies to St John’s, Upper Norwood, in a concert that’s perfect for all the family.

The greatest movies of all time all have incredible soundtracks: just imagine Jaws without its shark-infested semitones; Indiana Jones swashbuckling in silence; ET’s bicycle soaring soundlessly across the moon. Soundtracks can make a movie magnificent, underpinning the pictures with glorious melodies or terrifying tunes that shape how we react to what we see on the screen.

Our movie music matinee features some of the world’s greatest composers, showcasing soundtracks that depicts love, betrayal, drama, tragedy and horror. Revel in the passions of Pride and Prejudice, the sorrows of Schindler’s List and the heroics of Henry V. Popcorn anyone?

Programme includes music from:
War Horse
Pride & Prejudice
Henry V
Platoon
Schindler’s List
Ocean’s Eleven
Psycho
Plus a new composition from local composer David Braid

 

Tickets

EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT – 15% OFF TICKETS UNTIL SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER
Priority £23.00 (includes reserved seating, programme, interval drink)
Adult £15 | Concessions £12 | Young Person (16-25) £10
Under 16s FREE

 

Sounds of the Silver Screen – This Sunday!

Piano Explored – Haydn & Shostakovich

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

Paul Archibald: Trumpet

 

HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D major, Hob XVIII:11

SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 35

The latest in LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime series, this year with a twist! In their 70th anniversary season, musicians from LMP join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley in works that feature multiple soloists.

Haydn’s exhilarating Piano Concerto in D is perhaps his most popular work for keyboard. A piece that comes nearest to Mozart in style, it ends with an exuberant Hungarian rondo finale that requires a virtuosic display from the pianist.

Shostakovich’s delightful concerto for Piano, Trumpet and strings combines wit, energy and lyricism in a mix of styles that the young composer had become known for. Full of light-hearted musical jokes parodying themes from Beethoven, Haydn and Mahler, this brilliant piece is also characterized by expressive melodies, with the dramatic alternating styles designed to show off Shostakovich’s skill as a pianist and delight performers and audience alike. Principal Trumpet Paul Archibald joins Howard Shelley in this humorous and musical tour de force.

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.

 

Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5

 

Remembrance Concert by Portsmouth Grammar School

Ben Parry Conductor 

The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra & Community Choir

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir

London Mozart Players

 

Ola Gjeilo Mass for Peace (World premiere)

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

Copland Quiet City

Barber Adagio for Strings

Archer Requiem 

 

A concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WW1 Armistice with the world premiere of a new Missa Brevis by Ola Gjeilo. Malcolm Archer’s Requiem, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams, Quiet City by Copland and Adagio for Strings by Barber. PGS Chamber Choir, Community Choir, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, the London Mozart Players conducted by Ben Parry.