Verdi’s Requiem with The Croydon Philharmonic Choir

Verdi – Requiem

The Croydon Philharmonic Choir returns to Fairfield Halls with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem, one of the most dramatic and sumptuous works in the entire choral canon. The Croydon Philharmonic Choir is Croydon’s largest and longest-established classical choir – it was founded in 1914 – and the Verdi Requiem will see it at its very best.

With guest singers from other choirs, it will be over 100 strong on the night, with the further bonus of performing with the  London Mozart Players, restored to their own home venue once more. Music director David Gibson will be conducting choir and orchestra, and top-flight soloists will include the brilliant soprano Erica Eloff, one of the choir’s vice-presidents. It promises to be a wonderful celebratory occasion – not to be missed!

Prokofiev, Mozart, Haydn & Delius

London Mozart Players
Howard Shelley – conductor / piano

Prokofiev  Symphony No 1
Mozart  Piano Concerto No 25
Delius  On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Haydn  Symphony No. 104 (London) 

Free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm by Clive McClelland.

Howard Shelley & LMP in Dublin

Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 ‘Classical
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503
Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London

Howard Shelley, world-renowned pianist and Conductor Laureate of the London Mozart Players, brings this wonderful orchestra, the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra, to Dublin for a special concert as part of the orchestra’s 70th birthday celebrations. He will perform in the dual role of conductor and soloist.

Late masterpieces by Mozart and his revered older contemporary Haydn feature along with Prokofiev’s witty and affectionate tribute to the classical style: ‘a symphony as Mozart or Haydn might have written it…had either one of them been my contemporary…’ as young Prokofiev put it.

The Mozart concerto in C is one of the last three concertos Mozart wrote at the height of his maturity, with a first movement of almost Beethovenian grandeur. Haydn’s London symphonies represent some of his greatest achievements, with No. 104 being the fitting finale and the last symphony he ever wrote.

The cuckoo in this classical nest is the evocative tone poem On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Delius. Otherwise described as a ‘mood picture for small orchestra’, the piece imitates the natural sounds of the cuckoo which can be heard by the oboe, strings and clarinet. So whilst the literal connection to our
‘Beethoven: Before and After’ strand across the season is Mozart and Haydn, there is more than an echo of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony here.

Presented by NCH
Media Partner The Irish Times

Orchestras Live at Darlington Hippodrome

Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Vaughan Williams – Lark Ascending

Elgar – Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

 

Ruth Rogers violin

London Mozart Players

 

This concert has been co-produced by Orchestras Live.

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.

A Season of Virtuosos

Prokofiev Symphony No.1 in D Op.25 ‘Classical’

Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor, K.466

Matthew Olyver Concerto in Clockwork

Haydn Symphony No.104 in D ‘London’

 

Our SJUN season opening concert weaves together the time-tested and the brand-new. This concert gives you the unique opportunity to experience Howard Shelley as well as Soma Balázs-Piri, winner of the Budapest piano competition, and hear a brand-new commission by Matthew Olyver alongside some well-known Haydn and Mozart. 

Tickets coming soon

New World Symphony

Mendelssohn Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’

Dvorak Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’

Mendelssohn’s dramatic ‘Scottish’ evokes historic tragedy and beauty of landscape in powerful melody and Dvorak’s magnificent ‘New World’ symphony is a potent blend of longing for his Czech homeland, poignant themes and blazing brass in the Finale. Janusz Piotrowicz conducts.

 

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

Beethoven’s choral masterpiece is given wings by Crouch End Festival Chorus, alongside a competition-winning choral piece.

London Mozart Players
David Temple conductor
Sarah Fox soprano 
Jess Dandy contralto
Robin Tritschler tenor 
Neal Davies bass
Crouch End Festival Chorus
New work Winner of CEFC `From the heart’ competition
Beethoven Mass in D (Missa solemnis)

‘From the heart – may it return to the heart!’

These words of Beethoven’s, written on the front of his score, sum up the profundity of this greatest of choral works, the Missa Solemnis.

The dramatic score conjures up images of angels hovering, and even an impending invasion.

As a prelude to this great work, the chorus premieres the winning piece from a competition that invited composers to create a short a cappella setting of Beethoven’s words.

Piano Explored – Mozart

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 in C K503

Howard Shelley piano
London Mozart Players

The 2019/20 the London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored lunchtime series celebrates the 70th birthday of its Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley with a selection of his favourite piano concertos demonstrating his flair and breadth of virtuosity. Take the opportunity to revel in the classics or discover something new, all in a whistle-stop lunch hour!

Mozart’s magnificent C major piano concerto has something of a Beethovian air about it – certainly Beethoven references it in his own Fourth Piano Concerto, and the famous motif of his Fifth Symphony can also be heard. There’s lots to love in this, the longest and perhaps the most virtuosic of Mozart’s piano concertos: a touching slow movement, a march reminiscent of the then unwritten ‘Le Marseillaise’ and an animated finale with its gavotte theme from Idomeneo.

These popular lunchtime concerts, now in their sixth season, include an insightful deconstruction of the piece by Howard Shelley, followed by a full performance of the work by Howard with the London Mozart Players.

‘Shelley is a superb musician: not only does he play with great taste and insight but his conducting is impeccable’ BBC Music Magazine

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.

 

Bright Stars – The Drama and Music of Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence

 

LMP launch their partnership with actor Tama Matheson and Word & Music Production Company at the Wimbledon Music Festival 2019, with a performance of ‘Bright Stars shone for Us’. Written by Tama Matheson, this is a night dedicated to telling the story of  Tchaikovsky through drama and music.

 

 

 

Fairfield Halls Opening Gala Concert

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

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

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

MOZART Arias, soloist Louise Alder

WOOLF Fairfield Fanfare (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 three 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 in the Phoenix Concert Hall, 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 soprano Louise Alder will be performed alongside an exciting new commission, Fairfield Fanfare.  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 Davan 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.

 

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’

Hosted by Classic FM’s John Suchet, LMP will perform a glittering programme of Mendelssohn, Mozart & Prokofiev. 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

Vaughan Williams’ pastoral romance The Lark Ascending is the centrepiece of a ravishing programme of music that brings the countryside into the centre of London. This glorious piece, voted No.1 in the 2019 Classic FM Hall of Fame, features a soaring violin solo, to be performed by Ruth Rogers, that depicts a lark serenely ascending to lofty heights above rolling fields. The bucolic theme continues with exquisite serenades from Elgar and Tchaikovsky, each evoking an atmosphere of wistful longing for times past. Mozart’s ever-popular serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik, provides a lively opening to this concert.

Come along to the iconic church of St Martin in the Fields for music perfect for a balmy summer’s evening.

 

LMP #OntheMove: Brass at IKEA Croydon

LMP is on the move again! This time, our brass quintet is heading to IKEA Croydon on Tuesday 6 August, 5:00pm – 8:00pm to add to the fun at IKEA’s Crayfish party by delighting shoppers and staff with some up-beat tunes.

 

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.

LMP Friends trip to Phoenix Pianos

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.