Waynflete Singers 50th Anniversary

Parry I Was Glad
SS Wesley Ascribe unto the Lord
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Roderick Williams New Work (First performance – Waynflete Singers Commission)
Barber Toccata Festiva
Tavener Svyati
Parry Blest Pair of Sirens

Roderick Williams, baritone
Andrew Lumsden, organ
Alice Neary, cello
The Waynflete Singers
London Mozart Players
Martin Neary, conductor
David Hill, conductor
Andrew Lumsden, conductor

 

The Waynflete Singers celebrate their fiftieth anniversary with a Gala Concert which re-unites them with former conductors David Hill and Martin Neary. Both musicians have chosen to conduct works that reflect their own particular tastes, while at the same time showcasing the typically wide repertoire of the Waynfletes. Martin Neary’s long association with John Tavener will ensure a very special musical experience while David Hill’s love of English music will illuminate the magic of Vaughan Williams. Our baritone soloist, Roderick Williams, will also supply our choral commission and we are thrilled that he has agreed to act in this dual role for our fiftieth birthday celebration. Our current music director, Andrew Lumsden, will conduct this exciting venture and will also display his virtuoso organ skills in a work by Samuel Barber. The London Mozart Players will provide the orchestral accompaniment under the direction of David Hill – a unique opportunity to hear one Winchester Cathedral organist being accompanied by another!

A Crowne of Sharpest Thorns

Fairhaven Singers
London Mozart Players
Ralph Woodward conductor

 

Goodall Invictus: A Passion

Purcell anthems

Mozart’s Requiem

Mozart Ave Verum Corpus
Bach Magnificat
Mozart Requiem

 

Christopher Dawe conductor

Simon Blendis leader

Anton Bruckner Choir

London Mozart Players

 

Following acclaimed performances of Christmas Oratorio, St John Passion, Mass in B minor and St Matthew Passion, and a highly successful Autumn tour to Leipzig, Anton Bruckner Choir and founder conductor Christopher Dawe return to St John’s Smith Square to complete their Bach odyssey. Fittingly the cycle concludes with the Magnificat in D, a microcosm of Bach’s choral music that packs into a scintillating half hour the full gamut of emotions, ranging from dazzling trumpet-led celebration to intensely felt spiritual intimacy. By way of contrast Mozart’s swansong, Requiem provides an opportunity to explore a range of darker colours within the overall spectrum of D major/minor, the sombreness of Mozart’s characteristic tragic key underlined with a rich scoring that draws on the imposing heft of trombones and basset horns.

Anton Bruckner Choir is delighted to be joined in its 25th anniversary year by a team of outstanding young soloists and to collaborate once more with the London Mozart Players, ideal partners for the evening’s traversal of high Baroque and Classical styles.

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Oxford Bach Choir

As the OBC’s contribution to Oxford’s celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, we are performing his titanic setting of the Mass. Beethoven wrestled with the Missa Solemnis for several years, and produced a work which is by turns solemn, heaven-storming, and turbulent, but also deeply contemplative. Beethoven wrote on his score “From the heart – may it go to the heart!”, and successive generations can testify that his wish has succeeded.

The OBC – which will be performing the Mass for the first time in over two decades – will be joined by the London Mozart Players and soloists Katherine Crompton (Soprano), Susanna Spicer (Contralto), Justin Lavender (Tenor) and Edward Grint (Bass).

Grayshott Concerts with Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley

London Mozart Players

Ruth Rogers violin

Sebastian Comberti cello

 

Massenet Meditation
Beethoven Triple Concerto
Rossini L’Italiana in Algieri Overture
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4

Virtuoso violinist, Ruth Rogers, Leader of London Mozart Players (our orchestra in residence), joins Sebastian Comberti, Principal Cellist LMP and Howard Shelley, international Pianist and Conductor Laureate LMP for a rare performance of Beethoven’s celebrated Triple Concerto for Violin, Piano and Cello.

Howard has recorded over 200 CDs and has a world-wide reputation as a concert pianist, Beethoven interpreter and conductor. Both Howard and LMP have been pivotal in our success, so we bring them together for an exciting Birthday Celebration Concert programme including: Rossini – L’Italianna in Algeri; Massenet – Thais Meditation; Mendelssohn – Symphony No.4 (Italian).

Tickets go on sale on 21st January.

LMP Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon Trio

London Mozart Players Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon Trio

Tomasi Concert Champetre
Mozart Divertimento K439b
Devienne Clarinet in C/ Bassoon duo.
Beethoven Variations on La ci darem la mano
Milhaud Suite d’après Corrette
Tansman Suite pour trio d’anches
Auric Trio
Ibert Cinq Pièces en Trio

The Peak Music Society is a flourishing music society based at the Cavendish Hall at Edensor on the Chatsworth Estate. Peak Music Society members enjoy a series of high quality chamber concerts throughout the autumn and spring each year, including this concert featuring London Mozart Players’ oboe, clarinet and bassoon trio. Visit the Peak Music Society for tickets and further info.

Celebrating with Beethoven

Performances at: 3.00pm, 5.00pm, 7.30pm

Howard Shelley OBE
London Mozart Players

Howard Shelley OBE performs all five Beethoven Piano Concertos in one afternoon to mark his 70th birthday.

In addition to Howard Shelley’s 70th birthday, 2020 also sees the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, and when the London Mozart Players suggested the idea of a special celebration to Howard (who has given hundreds of performances with them over 45 years and is their Conductor Laureate) he decided that the joy and challenge of performing these five masterpieces in one sweep would be the most thrilling and indulgent 70th birthday present anyone could wish for.

Shelley has described the Beethoven piano concertos as a ‘Giant’s Causeway’ between the Classical and Romantic eras, progressing from the Mozartian qualities of the first he wrote to the almost Lisztian virtuosity and grandeur of the incomparable ‘Emperor’ concerto.

Conducting the London Mozart Players from the keyboard during these three inter-linked concerts, Howard will take us chronologically through the concertos, presenting each with a personal introduction illustrating how Beethoven gave the piano an ever-increasing dramatic and heroic power, even as, in his personal life, he moved from exuberant vigour to silent isolation.

Shelley’s CD set of the complete concertos won 5-star reviews in the musical press. Described by International Record Review as offering ‘performances that are vital, deeply considered and immensely satisfying’, it was also Editor’s Choice and Critics Choice in Gramophone magazine.

On a very special day that honours the best of the best, come and celebrate with Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players.

 

This three-concerts series begins at 3pm; attend all three for just £45 (+ booking fee). 

Book one concert: £20.00

Book two concerts: £32.00

Book all  three concerts: £45.00

(unreserved seating)

Tickets NOW ON SALE.

Reviews from Howard Shelley’s boxed-set recordings of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos:
‘Easily the equal of starrier sets from the past – Barenboim, Kempf, Perahia etc.’ The Arts Desk

‘Shelley’s delicate and beguiling touch immediately draws the listener in, and when the strings answer his perfectly weighted phrase with equally gentle seductiveness before building to a glorious climax you’re already asking yourself why can’t all recordings sound this good?’
Classic FM Magazine

‘Deeply satisfying performances, expressively modulated and beautifully recorded . . . Throughout, Shelley is a master of the notes, free from indulgence and mannerism, but always with spring, sparkle, shape and significance. A special set of performances – for a lifetime’s enjoyment’ Time Out

LMP Chamber Ensemble in Haslemere

Beethoven Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, Op. 16
Ibert 
Cinq pieces en trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Robert Kahn 
Trio Serenade in F minor, Op. 73
Poulenc 
Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano, FP 43
Mozart 
Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, K452

 

“…so for it to leave a lasting impression, the players must bring something new to the table. The fact that the London Mozart Players achieved all this with room to spare, attests to the sheer quality of this top international ensemble, and its direction from the front. Everyone thoroughly deserved their final standing ovation.”
Seen and Heard International

Create Yarmouth with Orchestras Live

MENDELSSOHN String Symphony in B minor
FINZI Five Bagatelles for clarinet and strings
PIAZZOLLA Oblivion & Libertango
BARTOK Romanian Dances for strings
Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals

Join the world-famous London Mozart Players for the launch concert of Create Yarmouth, a new orchestral residency in Great Yarmouth, beginning with this dynamic, thrilling and fun concert perfect for the whole family.

With an exciting programme spanning 200 years and five countries, LMP will perform an array of family favourites including Mendelssohn’s sizzling String Symphony in B minor, the evocative Five Bagatelles by Finzi, Piazzolla’s tangos Oblivion and Libertango, and Bartok’s colourful Romanian Dances. To round off the evening, LMP will breathe life into Saint-Saëns brilliantly comic Carnival of the Animals. This exquisite and humorous collection of short movements depict a whole menagerie of animals from lions and fossils to pianists and cuckoos – a family classic that’s perfect for animal lovers of all ages!

Create Yarmouth is an initiative that will deliver an inspiring programme of creative work and performances bringing together the London Mozart Players and a wide range of people in Great Yarmouth during 2020.

Cellofest with Raphael Wallfisch

Romberg Cello Concerto No. 4 in E minor
Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso
Rossini Une Larme
Mozart Ave Verum
Schubert Ave Maria
Piatti Serenata
Haydn Cello Concerto in C 1st mvt
Dvorak Silent Woods

RUTH ROGERS director

SAM PITTIS (Classic FM presenter) compère

RAPHAEL WALLFISCH cello

Cello ensemble: Constantin Macherel, Sebastian Comberti, Tim Posner, Dan Benn, Anna Crawford & Keira Morgan

CROYDON YOUTH ORCHESTRA

 

Who can resist the beautiful, haunting sound of this favourite of the string family? World-renowned cellist Raphael Wallfischwill be joined by amazing cellists of all ages and stages at St John’s in a masterful demonstration of the beauty and versatility of the cello. The concert will also be compèred by Classic FM presenter Sam Pittis who lives locally and has supported LMP concerts both at St John’s and Fairfield Halls.

The musical programme for Cellofest includes Romberg’s Cello Concerto No.4 in E minor. Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne, Dvorak’s Silent Woods and Rossini’s Une Larme are also on the programme which has been compiled to showcase the versatility and beauty of this beloved of instruments. Wallfisch, together with a talented cello ensemble of players, will delight the audience with works by Haydn, Schubert and Piatti. In addition, fifteen young cellists from the Croydon Youth Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and a cello sextet will play Schubert’s Ave Maria.

There is something for everyone in this cello cornucopia!
TICKETS NOW ON SALE. Early bird 15% discount available if you book by Thursday 20 February.

The LMP’s 2019/20 ‘Season of Virtuosos’ at St John the Evangelist is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Croydon Cultural Partnership Fund.

Orchestra’s Live with Norfolk Music Hub

Holst St Paul’s Suite

Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 in E Flat

Haydn Symphony No. 49

Tippett Little Music for strings

 

North Norfolk District Council, Norfolk Music Hub and Orchestras Live are pleased to present London Mozart Players with soloist Ben Goldscheider (winner of the Brass Section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016). The London Mozart Players, the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra, celebrated its 70th birthday in February 2019.

University of Essex Choir & LMP

London Mozart Players
Richard Cooke conductor
University of Essex Choir

FAURÉ Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine
ELGAR The Snow
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite
MENDELSSOHN Hör mein Bitten (Hear my Prayer)

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Mendelssohn Elijah

 

Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
Katie Bray mezzo-soprano
Ed Lyon tenor
Colin Schachat baritone
City of London Choir
London Mozart Players
Hilary Davan Wetton conductor

An exciting cast of soloists joins the London Mozart Players and the City of London Choir for a vivid interpretation of Elijah: the biblical epic brought to life by Mendelssohn’s beautiful and powerful score.

The story of the great prophet – an important figure in Judaism, Christianity and Islam – is full of drama: false gods, famine and flood; ravens and resurrection; earthquake, wind and fire. The oratorio was immediately taken to the hearts of the British audience for whom it was written, thanks to its strong characters and narrative, rich orchestral colour and stirring choruses, and has remained one of the most loved choral works to this day.

String Septet – Seaford Music Society

Ruth Rogers leader

LMP string septet

 

LMP perform for the Seaford Music Society in a concert that will feature Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen – composed exactly seventy-five years ago, after the destruction of Frankfurt during World War II.

Celebrating Strings – LMP by the Sea

MOZART Divertimento in D major

PIAZZOLLA Oblivion & Libertango

BRITTEN Simple Symphony

HOLST St. Paul’s Suite

BACH Air on the G String

MOORE Fiddler’s Hill

 

London Mozart Players

Ruth Rogers director

Hastings Area Music Centre

 

The London Mozart Players return to Hastings for the second concert in their LMP by the sea series with a playful programme that pays homage to the strings – Prepare to be dazzled by our line-up of classical greats composed solely for the string section!

A musical showcase designed for all ages, LMP will perform all-time favourites such as Bach’s Air on a G string, Britten’s Simple Symphony and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, and in a thundering finale, will be joined on stage by over 100 instrumentalists from the Hastings Area Music Centre to perform Jeff Moore’s ‘Fiddler’s Hill’, a collaborative side-by-side piece composed for string players of all standards. This exciting community-led concert, which encompasses a large outreach project in the local community, including a vast number of school visits, will give young instrumentalists from Hastings Music Service the opportunity to show off their skills and play alongside a world-class orchestra in a performance that will be nothing short of spectacular. Bring the whole family along for this momentous occasion!

Tickets

Adult £13 | Concessions (OAP) £11

Young Person (16-25) £8 | Children £5 

Family Tickets £30 (2 adults, 2 children)

 

This series is supported by the Arts Council Great Britain, the Magdalen and Lasher Educational Foundation, Foyle Foundation, the Isabel Blackman Foundation and the Hastings Arts and Culture Scheme, the LMP will deliver a programme of concerts and outreach work to this seaside community throughout the 2019-20 season.

The Grand Hotel Eastbourne Weekend

Friday night programme:
Beethoven  Octet op. 103
Dove Figures in the Garden (after Figaro)
Hummel Partita, S.48
Mozart Serenade in C minor, K.388

Saturday night programme:
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, K.364, arr. string sextet
Strauss Metamorphosen

Now in its eighteenth year, the London Mozart Players’ annual weekend at the Grand Hotel is a popular fixture in the hotel’s calendar. The 2020 weekend showcases the talents of the London Mozart Players combined with wonderful accommodation, dining and relaxation in great company.

Piano Explored – Chopin

Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS 

Howard Shelley Piano/Director 

 

The London Mozart Players’ 2019/20 Piano Explored lunchtime series continues with another of Howard Shelley’s favourite piano concertos, performed to mark his 70th birthday year. Take some time out and enjoy sublime music and Howard’s trademark ‘deconstruction’ of a great work, all in a whistle-stop lunch hour!  

Written when the composer was only twenty, Chopin’s piano concerto in E minor is full of exquisite virtuosic writing. The second movement, the ‘Romanza’, with its lush and romantic melodies is particularly beautiful. Chopin suggested that ‘it should give the impression of gazing tenderly at a place which brings to mind a thousand dear memories. The energetic final movement, based on a Polish folk dance, is vivacious and contemplative by turns, and it is no wonder that on its premiere the Warsaw audience greeted Chopin’s performance with ‘deafening bravos’ – according to the composer. The simplicity of the orchestral accompaniment gives the piece an intimate quality seldom heard in concertos, allowing the soloist the freedom to explore the full expressive range of the piano.  

 

Howard Shelley has recorded many discs for the Chopin Institute in Warsaw. They also invite him annually to give concerts and masterclasses in their ‘Chopin and his Europe’ Festival.  

Britten, Haydn & Barber

Britten Simple Symphony
Haydn Cello Concerto no. 2 in D, op. 101
Barber Adagio
Mozart Symphony no. 29

London Mozart Players
Simon Blendis director
Sebastian Comberti cello