Centenary Concert for Remembrance

Jonathan Dove: For an Unknown Soldier

Fauré: Requiem

London Mozart Players

Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society

Wells Cathedral Choir

Matthew Owens – Conductor

 

To commemorate the ending of the First World War, Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society presents the cantata For an Unknown Soldier by Jonathan Dove.

The work was commissioned by the Portsmouth Grammar School to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the war and the school gave the first performance in 2014 with the London Mozart Players. We are delighted to be joining the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society for this concert in our first visit to Wells Cathedral, where we will be accompanying the choir and the Wells Cathedral Choristers.

It was after studying many first hand accounts that the composer knew he needed a more concentrated form of text, so he turned to the poetry of the time. What was produced is a work of poignant musical and emotional acuity. It is beautiful and not to be missed. Jonathan Dove said ‘Facing the enormity of the First World War, I thought it wise not to attempt to say too much. I wanted to tell the story of just one man, an unknown soldier, as vividly as possible’

Jonathan Dove will be attending the performance.

Hymn of Praise

Brahms Song of Destiny Op. 54

Brahms Alto Rhapsody Op. 53

Mendelssohn Lobgesang Op. 52 ‘Hymn of Praise’

 

Canterbury Choral Society

Rebecca Lea                       Soprano
Madeleine Shaw                Mezzo soprano
Peter Auty                           Tenor
Richard Cooke                    Conductor

 

 

This concert performance closes the Canterbury Festival with a romantic flourish. Brahms’ choral writing was centred on his German Requiem, but there are shorter works of similar quality, two of which – The Alto Rhapsody for alto solo, men’s choir and orchestra, and the Song of Destiny, will be performed by the choir and orchestra in the first half of the concert.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang, better known as Hymn of Praise, follows. A favourite of the choral repertoire ever since it was written in 1840, it has a similar structure to Beethoven’s 9th with three orchestral movements preceding the grand, extended choral finale. Hymn of Praise ends with a burst of uplifting energy and fiery choruses, offset by enchantingly lyrical orchestral writing and solos arias.

Shropshire Music Trust Concert

Grieg Holberg Suite Op.40

Haydn Cello Concerto in C

Tchaikovsky Souvenir do Florence

Jamal Aliyev Cello
London Mozart Players

This dynamic and thrilling programme performed by the LMP, will take you on a journey of styles and periods of some of the most exciting works in the classical repertoire.

With breathtaking virtuosity in the final movement Haydn’s cello concerto gives the opportunity for the YCAT soloist (Young Concert Artists Trust), Jamal Aliyev, to showcase the wonderful range and versatility of the cello in this classical concerto that was lost and rediscovered in a museum in Prague in the 1960s. It has fast become one of the most popular pieces of the cellist’s repertoire.

In complete contrast, Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence”, which as the title suggests was inspired by the composer’s visit to the city, will be heard in the version for full string orchestra. Tchaikovsky sets out to capture in music, the flavour and excitement of Italy from romance in the second movement, dance in the third and sheer exuberance in the outer movements. The tempting starter is Grieg’s Holberg Suite: written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the humanist and playwright, Ludvig Holberg, this delightful suite is based on 18th-century dance forms.

Enjoy a pre-drink: from 6.30pm | Interview with Jamal: 7.00pm

‘Ferdinand the Bull’ & other stories

Performed by the LMP string trio and narrator, Shropshire Music Trust present a show that will engage and delight a young audience with exciting stories set to music and allow them to be “up close and personal” with the string family of the orchestra.

Get to hear the bigger ensemble! Young people and their families are then invited to stay on and listen to the first 30 mins of the full rehearsal of the orchestra (in preparation for their evening concert): till approx. 3.30pm

Bold as Brass

Grayshott Concerts are giving 40 of Hampshire’s most promising young brass-players, an inspirational musical experience they will never forget!

They will take part in a One-day Workshop and Rehearsal working with members of the London Mozart Players to prepare an exciting and challenging programme for the evening public concert. The evening concert performance will include the world-premiere of a new work conducted and written specially for the youngsters by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, a prominent young composer whose works have been performed all over the world.

TICKETS FOR THIS CONCERT ARE FREE.

Youth Action Wiltshire 70th Birthday Concert

Ben Hoffnung Conductor

Clare Tunney Soprano | Catherine Wyn-Rogers Mezzo-Soprano | Emmanuel Heitz Tenor | Darwin Prakesh Baritone

City of Bristol Choir

London Mozart Players

 

Beethoven Overture ‘Consecration of the House’ Op. 124

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125



Join the City of Bristol Choir and London Mozart Players for a special performance of Beethoven’s Overture and Symphony No. 9 in the exceptional setting of Marlborough College Chapel in aid of Youth Action Wiltshire’s 70th Birthday anniversary. Conducted by Ben Hoffnung (Principal Timpani – LMP), t
he concert will include a descriptive narrative ‘Beyond the Firmament’ read by Christopher Rose, that offers an insight into Beethoven’s life and work.

 

For further information on tickets, please email ginniekeen@gmail.com

Piano Explored – Beethoven

London Mozart Players

Piano and Director: Howard Shelley

Ruth Rogers: Violin

Sebastian Comberti: Cello

 

BEETHOVEN Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major Op. 56 (‘Triple Concerto’)

LMP returns to St John’s Smith Square for a brand new Piano Explored lunchtime series – with a twist! In their 70th anniversary season, musicians from within the orchestra join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley in works that feature multiple soloists.

Beethoven’s genius for composition is on display in his Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello – the only concerto Beethoven completed for more than one solo instrument. The potential balance problem of the piano (being the largest instrument) overpowering this ensemble – particularly the cello (being the lowest in pitch) is overcome by Beethoven’s solution of giving the piano a lighter part and awarding the cello the starring role, using its powerful top register. The result is a work of great beauty and ingenuity that combines lyricism with the scale of a grand concerto. Leader Ruth Rogers and Principal Cellist Sebastian Comberti join Howard Shelley in Beethoven’s somewhat underrated work which is usually seen as the ‘younger sibling’ of his more imposing works written about the same time – Fidelio, the Fourth Piano Concerto, the Violin Concerto, and the Fourth Symphony.

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 just £5

 

 

FIRE! The Classical Road Show

Richard Brown FIRE!

London Mozart Players
Karin Hendrickson conductor
Tobias Deacon & Annabelle Brown Narrators

FIRE ! re-telling the story of the Great Fire of London 1666

Join The Classical Road Show as we step back in time to September 1666 and the four days that changed London forever. Fire! tells the story of the Great Fire of London, narrated by Samuel Pepys and his loyal maid, Jane Birch.

A rare musical theatre experience performed by professional orchestra and actors. There will be two concert performances on this day, one at 11.15am and one at 1.30pm.The Classical Road Show is delighted to invite pupils aged 7-11 years to take part in these lively concerts, where children sing lustily from their audience seats accompanied by top professional orchestras. Visit the Classical Road Show website for more information on booking.

 

Kent International Piano Courses

Mozart Divertimento in Bb K.137

Elgar Serenade for strings

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor Op.35

Barber Adagio

Mozart Symphony No.29 in A K.219

Mary Methuen Director
Hilary Davan Wetton Conductor 
Jinah Shim Piano
Kent International Piano Courses have been established for 30 years under the direction of concert pianist and teacher Mary Methuen and take place in February each year.  They feature masterclasses given by artists such as Artur Pizarro, Noriko Ogawa and Cristina Ortiz, recital prizes including a recital at Steinway Hall and opportunities to perform with leading orchestras. This year, KIPC partners with The London Mozart Players.

Tickets: £15, Concessions £10, Course Members £5

boxoffice@tonbridge-school.org | 01732304241

Southend Borough Council Concerts

Boccherini      String Quintet in C for two cellos
Arensky            String Quartet No.2 Op.35
Schubert          String Quintet in C D.956

 

LMP kicks off the proceedings with the first concert in Southend Borough Council’s concert series running from October 2018 to June 2019, a series featuring 8 chamber music concerts.

A New Season of Concerts & a Website to Match

LMP at Stradivari Festival in Cremona

Mozart Divertimento in Bb, K 137
Haydn Concerto in D Major
Mozart Violin Concerto in D Major No. 4, K 218
Haydn “Trauer” Symphony 44 in E minor

 

James Ehnes Violin
Laura van der Heijden Cello

 

LMP perform with acclaimed soloists James Ehnes and Laura van der Heijden at the Stradivari Festival in Cremona.

LMP at the East Finchley Arts Festival

London Mozart Players
London Ripieno Singers
Charlotte King mezzo‐soprano
Matthew Bernstein baritone
Ignas Maknickas piano
Geoffrey Simon conductor

 

DEBUSSY Trois Chansons

MOZART Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K488

HANSON Death be not Proud

The LMP returns for their regular appearance at the East Finchley Arts Festival. Over the years the LMP has premièred several works by the Festival Director, Geoffrey Hanson, and this concert will include his new work Death be not Proud.

This new work, a large‐scale composition for vocal soloists, chorus, organ and orchestra, draws together visionary poetry on the subject of life, death and the afterlife, concluding with a setting of John Donne’s transcendental ‘Death be not Proud’.
It also includes poems by Shelley, Keats, Tagore, Prudentius and Tennyson.

Young prizewinning Lithuanian pianist Ignas Maknickas will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, and the concert opens with Debussy’s settings for a cappella chorus of texts by Charles d’Orleans, performed by the London Ripieno Singers.

 

Tickets: £25 / £20 / £12
Box Office opens Tuesday 28 August

 

St Pancras Intl presents The LMP

MOZART          Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467

Howard Shelley Piano

London Mozart Players

Join the LMP for a very special event at St Pancras International Station! The orchestra will be playing LIVE at the station near the Eurostar departure zone. Our Conductor Laureate, Howard Shelley will be joining us to perform Mozart’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 21 in C.
This special collaboration celebrates two anniversaries! The station’s 150th anniversary, and our own 70th birthday season. The performance will also be live-streamed on Classic FM. So why not come on down to the station and join in the fun – A rare opportunity to see the LMP perform for FREE at one of London’s historic landmarks.

70th Birthday Appeal: 35k out of 100k raised in 2 weeks

To coincide with our 70th Birthday season launch, we launched an appeal to raise £100,000 to support the orchestra during its 70th anniversary season and beyond.

 

In just over two weeks,  we’ve already received generous donations from our friends and supporters amounting to 35% of our target. Donations during our 70th year will be instrumental in extending the reach of our education and community initiatives, and also allow us to embark on an exciting year of music making.

 

Find out more about our what’s on during our birthday season, or alternatively donate to our appeal and help us reach our target goal in record time – Donations of any size are greatly appreciated!

 

LMP free concert at St Pancras 25 September @ 3.30pm

If you are in London on the afternoon of Tuesday 25th September then do come along to St Pancras International Station at 3.30pm where London Mozart Players will be giving a FREE concert near the Eurostar Departure zone. We’ll be celebrating St Pancras’s 150th and the LMP’s 70th birthdays with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto 21 in C K.467, with our Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley playing the station’s ‘Elton John’ Yamaha piano alongside the orchestra.

This is a joint promotion with Classic FM who will be livesteaming on their Facebook page.

Launch of LMP’s 70th anniversary series

The LMP has launched it’s 70th anniversary year with a wonderful concert at its home in Upper Norwood, the church of St John the Evangelist, featuring the UK debut of acclaimed young violinist Radu Kis. This is the first concert in a packed 2018/19 season that will see the UK’s longest established orchestra perform in some of London’s most prestigious concert halls such as St John’s Smith Square, the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall. The LMP will also perform at a gala concert in June to mark the re-opening of Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, in the presence of their patron HRH The Earl of Wessex.  The orchestra will also perform a season at SJUN in Upper Norwood, and appear in concert halls and some  unusual venues around the country and abroad. All the concerts can be seen on the  70th Birthday page.

To mark the 70th birthday, the LMP will be using a brand new logo for the season.