LMP at Croydon’s Festival of Peace

We’re inviting you to be involved in a cross-cultural, cross-arts, interfaith celebration of Peace this year. As the world remembers the centenary of the end of WWI, we can make a powerful, colourful, vibrant declaration of peace. Come to Croydon’s brilliant Festival of Peace and sing our Anthem for Peace!

LMP’s brand new Anthem for Peace highlights the role of music as a force for good and the perfect way to bring people together. This modern-day anthem, composed by children’s composer Richard Brown with lyrics by Thornton Heath poet Shaniqua Benjamin, can be played, rapped, sung, remixed or sampled by musicians of all abilities, ages, genres and backgrounds.

The Anthem was premièred in November 2017 by the LMP and children from Ecclesbourne Primary School, Thornton Heath, at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the LMP’s patron HRH Prince Edward – see the video of this exciting occasion here

The first public UK performance of the anthem will take place this summer in Croydon’s first Festival of Peace and we’d love you to be involved! Join players from the LMP and Ecclesbourne school choir to learn and sing the anthem for the first time together on Saturday 16 June at Wandle Park,  and then join in the performance at the end of the Festival on 23rd June alongside local choirs, schools, music groups and artists at large community performances.

Opening Event – 16th June, 3-4pm at Summer of Love Festival at Wandle Park
There will be a week-long programme of arts activities – more info coming very soon….

Closing Event – 23rd June, 3-4pm at Peace & Wellbeing Festival, Park Hill Park
There will be a finale Peace Parade and performance of the anthem with LMP and local brass players and a special dance commission by Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja Dance featuring local dance groups..

London Mozart Players: Recital Rush Hour

It’s festival time, but don’t rush on by! Stop and listen on your way to the park, as the LMP wind players will be performing some light classics in the station concourse to get you in the mood!

LMP + Bach to Baby – Bold as Brass

Get up close with the shiny brass section of the orchestra in a fun, interactive performance including well-known tunes, marching songs and a nursery rhyme sing-along.

Ages 0+

 

Image© Bach to Baby / Alejandro Tamagno

Anne Denholm

Grayshott Concerts: Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto

London Mozart Players
Director: Simon Blendis

Anne Denholm harp
Emma Halnan flute

BRITTEN Prelude and Fugue Op. 29
MOZART Concerto for flute and harp in C K299
FINCH Celtic Tales
MOZART Divertimento in D K251

Join LMP at their home from home – Grayshott Concerts, with Anne Denholm (Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales) and Emma Halnan (Winner 2016 Sir Karl Jenkins-Arts Club-Classic FM Prize) for a programme that spans the ages, including Mozart’s sublime Concerto for Flute and Harp.

Martin James Bartlett & LMP with host John Suchet

Martin James Bartlett | piano
London Mozart Players

Director: Simon Blendis
Hosted by John Suchet

Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro K492
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K491
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550

Brilliant young pianist Martin James Bartlett joins the London Mozart Players for a scintillating evening of Mozart masterpieces

‘Martin is a natural and powerful musician, he lives and breathes music’ — Nicola Benedetti

In 2014, 17-year-old Martin James Bartlett took the classical world by storm when he won the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year with his acclaimed performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He already had a brace of competition wins under his belt, awarded throughout his time at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Purcell School, including the prestigious Leaver’s Prize for Outstanding Musical Contribution.

Now a fully-fledged concert pianist, Martin is acclaimed as one of the leading musical talents of his generation. He is becoming a regular at concert halls around the UK and abroad, including appearances at the BBC Proms.

This concert of Mozart treasures includes the dark and passionate Piano Concerto No. 24 K491. Scored for more instruments than any of his previous piano concerti, this minor-key masterpiece has been acclaimed as Mozart’s greatest concerto by musicologists of all generations. Beethoven reportedly remarked to a colleague that ‘we shall never be able to do anything like that’.

Hosted by Classic FM’s John Suchet, this concert follows in the London Mozart Players’ almost-70-year tradition of promoting young musicians. Nicola Benedetti, Jacqueline du Pré and Jan Pascal Tortelier are just three of many young musical virtuosi championed early in their careers by the orchestra

This is a wonderful opportunity to see a huge musical talent at the start of his career, and to hear the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra doing what they do best: playing Mozart.

‘The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling’ The Times

Crystal Palace Festival – Storytime at the Farm

As part of the Crystal Palace Festival, let the London Mozart Players take you on an interactive musical journey featuring your favourite animals and nursery rhymes. Bring your little ones to Capel Manor Farm in Crystal Palace Park, where they’ll  discover woodwind, brass and stringed instruments, and share in the joy and fun of music making.

Three free LMP concerts at Capel Manor Farm, Crystal Palace Park: 11am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm

Suitable for 0-6 years.

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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