LMP at Michael Hall School, East Sussex

Join the London Mozart Players for an afternoon of sublime music including works by MOZART, TELEMANN, PIAZZOLA, BRITTEN and BACH. Plus a special performance of Jeff Moore’s ‘Fiddler’s Hill’ where the orchestra will be joined by young players from Michael Hall School.

Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem

Basingstoke Choral Society
Southampton Philharmonic Choir
Southampton University Philharmonic Choir
City of Southampton Orchestra
London Mozart Players

A lifelong pacifist, Benjamin Britten was asked to compose the War Requiem for the consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in World War II.

The work weaves together the Latin Mass text of a traditional requiem with the devastating war poetry of Wilfred Owen to produce a powerful denunciation of the wickedness of war and a warning to future generations of the senselessness of taking up arms against one’s fellow man. 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I, and given its subject matter, this timeless message of peace gives us all the opportunity to acknowledge all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Basingstoke Choral Society, Southampton Philharmonic Choir, the Southampton University Philharmonic Choir the City of Southampton Orchestra and London Mozart Players combine their considerable forces for this unique performance, and will be joined by a children’s choir drawn from The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester, and St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury.

Tickets: £27, £23, £15; Under 16s and f/t students £7 (includes £2 booking fee) Group rate available. Early bird offer: save £2 per ticket if booked by 28 Feb by quoting “WRFEB18”- call the box office to book.

Conway Hall: Simon Callaghan & LMP Chamber Ensemble

Conway Hall’s Sunday Concerts Spring 2018 Season concludes with Director of Music Simon Callaghan performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with members of the London Mozart Players and more.

Mozart | Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K525
Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37 arr. Lachner
Bottesini | Elegy
Haydn | Symphony No. 102 in B flat Hob. I/102

FREE tickets for 8–25s.

LMP on the Move: Roald Dahl’s The Three Little Pigs – New Addington Library

#LMP on the Move + Croydon Libraries Presents

 

ROALD DAHL’S THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
A riotous re-telling of this children’s fable with live orchestra, fun for children of all ages!

 

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
Music by PAUL PATTERSON | Narrated by REBECCA KENNY

Following last year’s hit ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, the London Mozart Players are back at Croydon Libraries this half term with another musical treat for children of all ages – Roald Dahl’s riotious re-telling of iconic children’s fable The Three Little Pigs. Paul Patterson’s lively music and Rebecca Kenny’s spirited narration will bring Roald Dahl’s hilarious tale to life.

With concerts at two venues and a free craft workshop before each concert, this is a wonderful way to keep your own little ones entertained this half-term!

 

New Addington Library, 61 Central Parade, Croydon CR0 0JD
Free Concert: 2.45pm

Free craft workshop: 2.00pm
(You will need to email newaddingtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to reserve your workshop place. 20 places only.)

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LMP on the Move: Roald Dahl’s The Three Little Pigs – Croydon Library

This event is now sold out!

Tickets are still available for the afternoon performance at New Addington Library at 2.45pm. Tickets available here: https://bit.ly/2Fx2C17

 

 

#LMP on the Move + Croydon Libraries Presents

 

ROALD DAHL’S THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
A riotous re-telling of this children’s fable with live orchestra, fun for children of all ages!

 

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
Music by PAUL PATTERSON | Narrated by REBECCA KENNY

Following last year’s hit ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, the London Mozart Players are back at Croydon Libraries this half term with another musical treat for children of all ages – Roald Dahl’s riotious re-telling of iconic children’s fable The Three Little Pigs. Paul Patterson’s lively music and Rebecca Kenny’s spirited narration will bring Roald Dahl’s hilarious tale to life.

With concerts at two venues and a free craft workshop before each concert, this is a wonderful way to keep your own little ones entertained this half-term!

Croydon Library, Croydon Clocktower, Katherine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET

Free Concert (please register for your ticket): 11.00am

Free craft workshop: 10.15am
You will need to email CroydonCentralLibrary@croydon.gov.uk to reserve your workshop place. 20 places only.

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Investec International Music Festival 2018: Gala Concert

MOZART Don Giovanni Overture
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364
ROSSINI Barber of Seville Overture
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Join LMP conducted by Leonard Elschenbroich for an exhilarating programme of the classical greats, featuring superstar violinist Leticia Moreno, and the sensational Maxim Rysanov.

University of Essex Choir: Vaughan Williams Oxford Elegy & Mozart Mass in C minor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS An Oxford Elegy
MOZART Mass in C minor

University of Essex Choir
London Mozart Players
Richard Cooke, conductor

Founded in 1977 and numbering about one hundred and thirty singers, the choir membership is drawn from staff and students of the University and from the local community, coming from all walks of life and many student members are from overseas.

Richard Cooke has been the choir’s Music Director since 1981. Under his inspirational leadership the choir has sung many of the major classical works. Most of the choir’s concerts are given in the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, near Aldeburgh and more recently in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at the University of Essex. Other venues have included Chelmsford Cathedral; St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds; Norwich Cathedral; St Andrews Hall, Norwich; and Charter Hall, Colchester. In March 2015 the choir were invited to perform Carmina Burana at the University as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. They occasionally perform with other choirs conducted by Richard Cooke, the Royal Choral Society and Canterbury Choral Society.

Ben Rogerson

As well as playing the cello with the London Mozart Players Ben Rogerson is a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He spent most of the nought-ies with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and also enjoys playing regularly with the John Wilson Orchestra. With the ICO he toured all over the world giving concerts with artists including Maxim Vengerov, Steven Isserlis, Anthony Marwood and Nigel Kennedy in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York, the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, and the Community Centre on Inis Boffin off the West Coast of Ireland.

His life with the BBCCO involves a more eclectic range of music making, from classical and pop concerts, to recording music for TV, film, radio and CD. Jeff Lynne and the ELO, Earth Wind and Fire, Kylie Minogue, Sinead O’Connor and Dame Edna Everidge are amongst the artists they have worked with recently, and the orchestra is resident for Radio 2’s flagship show “Friday Night is Music Night”.

Ben has been fortunate to play as Guest Principal Cello for the City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North, the Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Johann Strauss Gala Orchestra.

With violinist Gabrielle Painter and Leslie Hollingworth he formed the Szabo Piano Trio. Together they gave recitals throughout the UK and Ireland, recorded for Champs Hill Records, and broadcast on Lyric FM. Nowadays he gives chamber music concerts mostly with the Minerva Ensemble. He has appeared as a guest with the Carducci, Tippet, Merchant and St. Paul’s quartets for performances of the Schubert C Major Quintet.

Ben studied at the Royal Academy of Music where his cello teacher was Derek Simpson of the Aoelian Quartet, and at SUNY Purchase, USA,with Julia Lichten of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

For several years he coached the cello section of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and served on the faculty of Con Corda, a chamber music course founded in Ireland by the late Hugh Maguire. Now Ben teaches the cello at Tonbridge School, Kent, and at Frensham Heights in Surrey.

He is married to the pianist Alexis White and is very proud of his two children Harry and Scarlett.

Brahms Requiem: Anton Bruckner Choir

One of London’s leading chamber choirs brings a wealth of experience in the Bach Passions and the choral music of Heinrich Schütz to Ein Deutsches Requiem, key influences behind a Brahmsian sound world which is at once archaic and intensely Romantic.

Roderick Williams OBE, internationally acclaimed as a Lieder singer, works his magic in breathing new life into a text in Mahler’s first great song cycle, a searingly autobiographical portrait of lost love.

In addition, Anton Bruckner Choir steps up to perform four intensely spiritual works by their ‘in house‘ composer – fresh from the experience of singing the same Bruckner motets in the massive spaces of Lisbon’s Jerónimos monastery.

The spirit of Vienna will be present throughout with ghostly echoes of the Waltz and Ländler, the ominous tread of the Funeral March combining with the newly minted sounds of nature.

Conductor Christopher Dawe drew fine performances from his singers who tackled Bach’s athletic chorus writing with precision and tremendous energy, shading the chorales with great delicacy.  Bach’s Passions are great  music, but they are also communions, collective acts of faith.  Last night I left believing, which is exactly how it should be.”   —  Alexandra Coghlan reviewing Anton Bruckner Choir’s performance of the St Matthew Passion for TheArtsDesk.com.

Anton Bruckner Choir
London Mozart Players
Elin Pritchard SOPRANO
Roderick Williams OBE BARITONE
Christopher Dawe CONDUCTOR
Bruckner Ave Maria
Bruckner Locus iste
Bruckner Os justi
Bruckner Christus factus est
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Jeremy Metcalfe

I suppose it was as head chorister in a third-rate church choir, receiving the Fane Trophy, engraved ‘For General Progress’, that I perhaps realised my prospects of being a celebrated musician were to be down-graded. Being ‘the excellent leader’ (Oxford Mail) of the County Youth Orchestra counted for nothing as a student at the Royal Academy of Music. But by being generally inoffensive and largely invisible I have enjoyed a rich and varied career freelancing with orchestras including the RPO, LPO, BBCSO and Royal Opera Covent Garden. Opera has played a major role, being a member of ETO and GTO. I have probably played The Marriage of Figaro over 200 times, a record possibly unmatched?
On screen I’ve appeared in scenes with Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Michael Caine. Other highlights include concerts with George Harrison, standing at a urinal next to Andre Previn, and a few more. Downsides have been multiple Saturdays ruined by disappointing Everton results and late night motorway closures. Early in my student days I narrowly avoided death from a falling slab of frozen meat in Marylebone High St.
Embarrassing moments have been mercifully few, but the discovery that it was my mobile phone ringing in the hushed final moments of Boheme, and my subsequent inabilty to silence the wretched thing stands out. The fact that it was in full view of a packed hall was irksome to say the least. And the caller? LMP’s Orchestral Manager, Mr D Wilson. It obviously hasn’t spoiled our relationship as, for the time being, I still hang on to my membership of this esteemed group. Outside interests? Birding, gardening and the Guardian cryptic crossword.

Andrew Roberts

ANDREW ROBERTS studied in London with Carl Pini and in New York with Joyce Robbins. Whilst a student, he was principal 2nd violin of the Britten-Pears Orchestra and the European Community Youth Orchestra.

In 1981 he was a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, travelling all over the world and working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Subsequently, he joined the Auriol String Quartet which studied with Milan Skampa (of the Smetana Quartet), Andras Mihaly (a pupil of Kodaly) and members of the Amadeus Quartet. The Quartet was resident at Aldeburgh in 1989 and gave recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Snape Maltings Concert Hall and throughout the UK and Europe.

Andrew played for fifteen years in the Bernard Roberts Piano Trio, with his father Bernard and brother Nicholas, releasing CD recordings of music by Stephen Dodgson (Claudio Records CC5257-2) and Frank Bridge (Black Box BBM1028) to critical acclaim, the ‘Gramophone’ magazine praising “utterly sympathetic, beautifully prepared performances from this fine family group”. The Trio’s performance of the ‘Piano Trio no.2’ by Frank Bridge was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Composer of the Week’ programme.

Other CD recordings include the ‘Piano Quintet’ by Georges Enescu (the Solomon Ensemble/Naxos 8.557159), music by Silvina Milstein (Lontano, to be released on Lontano records) and the ‘String Quartets no.1 and 2’ by Buxton Orr (with the Beethoven String Trio of London on Toccata Classics/ TOCC0103)

Andrew is a member of the London Mozart Players and his varied musical life also includes performance on period instruments as a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Recent work includes live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of chamber music from St Georges, Bristol and for the opening of King’s Place, London; concerts at the Finchcocks Keyboard Collection, Kent and the inaugural concert of the Elgar Concert Hall at the University of Birmingham.

In 2013, he formed a Duo partnership with the pianist Rachel Fryer, to explore the rich repertoire for violin and piano.

Royal Choral Society: Chichester Psalms & Fauré Requiem

BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
COPLAND Appalachian Spring
FAURE Cantique de Jean Racine
FAURE Requiem

Royal Choral Society
London Mozart Players
Conductor: Richard Cooke

The Royal Choral Society, the London Mozart Players and a trio of soloists perform two ebullient American musical masterpieces alongside two reflective French classics.

Bernstein’s exhilarating jazz-inspired setting of the Hebrew psalms for chorus and soloists, commissioned by Chichester Cathedral, and Copland’s much-loved ballet suite Appalachian Spring provide an inspirational contrast to Fauré’s ever-popular Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine.

The Royal Choral Society has been performing the great choral masterpieces ever since its formation for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871, including the UK premières of Verdi’s Requiem in 1875, and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater in 1884, both concerts conducted by their composers.

 

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Orchestras Live: LMP & Tim Ridout @ The Courtyard

HAYDN Symphony No. 44 in E minor, ‘Trauer’
TABAKOVA Suite in Old Style
ARNOLD Sinfonietta No. 1
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola in E flat

Tim Ridout, viola
Ruth Rogers, leader
London Mozart Players

LMP are delighted to be returning to the Courtyard with a sparkling concert of core repertoire, more recent works and an exciting young soloist, Tim Ridout. Composed in a minor key, Haydn’s ‘Trauer’ symphony was one of the first masterpieces of its time, inspiring movement towards the Romantic era. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for solo violin and viola is a firm favourite with audiences, featuring LMP’s illustrious leader Ruth Rogers as soloist, with the viola part played by Tim Ridout, who will also step forward for Dobrinka Tabakova’s melodic, exuberant and surprising ‘Suite in Old Style’. Arnold’s Sinfonietta No.1 completes the programme, with lush harmonies and hunting calls conjuring quintessential British scenery.

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Orchestras Live: Little Red Riding Hood @ The Courtyard

Little Red Riding Hood – Paul Patterson/Roald Dahl

Perfect for all the family from the young to the young at heart, Paul Patterson’s musical setting of Roald Dahl’s retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ will be performed by the wind players of the LMP Chamber Ensemble, alongside  vivacious presenter Polly Ives. With wit and the unpatronizing humour characteristic of its author, the wind quintet, pianist and story-teller will take you on a journey into the woods! Meet the precocious Miss Riding Hood, her cantankerous Grandma, and see the Big Bad Wolf as you’ve never seen him before! This lively and tuneful rendition of the fairy tale classic never fails to entertain.

Tickets £12, Concession £8, Family Ticket (2 adults/2 children) £32

Ian Fasham

Ian started playing the tenor trombone at the age of 11, and then joined the

Kent County Youth Orchestra on bass trombone in 1974, having been loaned an instrument.

He has played at the low end of the section ever since!

He went on to study at the Royal College of Music between 1978 and 1982 with Gerry McElhone, bass trombonist of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Ian developed a real passion for playing opera during this period, and works regularly at Glyndebourne, Garsington Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Covent Garden. He has also been involved in recording numerous film scores. Ian has been a member of the London Mozart Players since 1993, where he enjoys the different style of playing that is required for performing with a chamber orchestra.

Ian is married with two children, and in his spare time enjoys getting away to warmer climates.

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea: Mozart Requiem

MOZART Requiem
MOZART Vesperae solennes de confessore
MOZART Ave Verum Corpus

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
London Mozart Players
William Vann, conductor

The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is one of the finest professional church choirs in the UK. Its members regularly sing with many of the world’s leading consort groups, such as The Sixteen, Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico and Monteverdi Choir and also work in the fields of opera, conducting, teaching and music journalism.

Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor is undoubtedly the most famous of all unfinished musical compositions: composed in Vienna in 1791, the work was only partially complete when Mozart died of a fever on 5 December. It was completed the following year by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, in order to fulfil the original commission by Count Franz von Walsegg, an amateur chamber musician who routinely commissioned works by composers and passed them off as his own!

Mozart’s final work for Salzburg Cathedral, in 1780, was a setting of the texts for vespers, intended for liturgical use. The highlight, perhaps, is the wonderful soprano solo Laudate Dominum. We also hear his impeccable and renowned setting of Ave Verum Corpus, thoroughly appropriate for performance alongside the Requiem.

Esterházy Chamber Choir: Haydn Creation

HAYDN The Creation

Esterházy Chamber Choir
London Mozart Players
Richard Dawson, conductor

The Esterházy Chamber Choir was founded in 1993 and is based in Lewes, East Sussex. Comprising around thirty four experienced singers from a wide variety of backgrounds, the choir aims to perform a varied and exciting repertoire at the highest standard. Recent concerts have included Bach’s St John Passion and Mass in B minor, settings of the Requiem by Desenclos and Fauré, Howells’ Requiem and Parry’s Songs of Farewell.

This concert marks the choir’s 25th Anniversary: a performance of Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ with The London Mozart Players and professional soloists in Lewes Town Hall.

Academy Choir Wimbledon: Mozart Mass in C minor

HAYDN Te Deum in C
MOZART Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’
MOZART Mass in C Minor

Academy Choir Wimbledon
London Mozart Players
Sopranos – Soraya Mafi and Rowan Pierce
Tenor – Alessandro Fisher
Bass – Thomas D Hopkinson
Conductor – Matthew Best

Mozart’s C Minor Mass is rightly numbered among the greatest choral works ever written whilst his 41st and final symphony is regarded by many commentators as being – at very least one of – his finest. Haydn’s Te Deum complements this programme very thoughtfully – few write music as invigorating as Haydn – and will open the concert.

Filled with drama, virtuosity and a clear sense of hope, Mozart’s C Minor Mass is a true great – in 2015 Pope Francis commented that one movement – the Et incarnatus est – “is matchless; it lifts you to God!”. Brahms observed of Mozart’s 39th, 40th and 41st Symphonies that: “I am able to understand … that Beethoven’s first symphony did impress people colossally. But the last three symphonies by Mozart are much more important.” Praise indeed!

Our soloists will be a complete delight and include the sopranos Soraya Mafi (an ENO Harewood Artist who won the 2016 Susan Chilcott Award and placed second in the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Award) and Rowan Pierce (winner of the President’s Award at the Royal College of Music in 2017 and the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition) alongside tenor Alessandro Fisher (who won the joint first prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award). The London Mozart Players will perform Mozart’s final symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) – regarded by many critics as among the greatest in classical music and of which Brahms observed: “I am able to understand too that Beethoven’s first symphony did impress people colossally. But the last three symphonies by Mozart are much more important.”

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