Chopin Unpacked with Howard Shelley

ROSSINI Overture to L’italiana in Algeri

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 

 

Pianist extraordinaire Howard Shelley and London Mozart Players bring Chopin’s glittering Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor to Upper Norwood in a special concert dedicated to giving the whole local community access to the best in classical music.

An internationally celebrated pianist, Howard Shelley gave his first televised Chopin recital at the age of ten. Howard will give an illuminating introduction to this masterpiece, before embarking on a full performance accompanied by London Mozart Players. Although Chopin wrote this concerto at a young age, the work shows great musical maturity. Whilst it is probably best known for its lyrical middle movement, the entire piece is a treasure trove of hauntingly beautiful melodies that explores the full expressive range of the piano. 

Give the gift of music to our community

As part of LMP’s mission to bring world-class classical music to Upper Norwood, this concert is sponsored so that young music students, the disadvantaged and those who could not normally afford to go to concerts get a chance to come along for free. We are also releasing 100 exclusive tickets at £25 that can be purchased via Eventbrite on a first-come, first-served basis. These tickets are an important contribution towards the cost of the concert and enable us to share classical music with the whole local community. When you purchase a ticket via Eventbrite, you’ll be given the option to donate an extra £5 to enable someone less fortunate to come along to this concert.

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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.

 

Raphael Wallfisch with LMP

London Mozart Players 

Raphael Wallfisch cello

Simon Blendis director

 

Haydn Symphony No.96 in D major, Hob.I:96 ‘Miracle’ 

Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129 

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 

Mozart Symphony No. 38 in D major, K.504 ‘Prague’ 

 

Virtuoso cellist Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage today, joins the London Mozart Players for an evening of sublime genre-spanning music that showcases two masterpieces of the cello repertoire. 

Symphonies by the giants of the Classical era Haydn (‘Miracle’) and Mozart (‘Prague’) bookend great works for the cello by two titans of Romanticism, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. Schumann’s cello concerto boasts plenty of passionate melodies that soar against an unobtrusive orchestral accompaniment, particularly in the second movement with its passionate double-stopped surge – a golden moment in any cellist’s repertory. The Rococo Variations are the closest Tchaikovsky came to writing a cello concerto. Inspired by Mozart, whom he revered above all, Tchaikovsky dazzles with his virtuosic cello-writing which will take soloist Raphael Wallfisch on a beguiling journey through duets, cadenzas, cantabiles, waltzes, run and trills to an invigorating conclusion. 

  

With concert appearances around the world, Wallfisch is at the height of his powers with a masterful technique and a soaring, singing sound that evokes a tradition continued from his teacher, Piatigorsky. 

 

‘Wallfisch gives the finest account on cello I’ve ever heard. The Strad 

Royal Holloway side-by-side

To mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020, Royal Holloway, University of London, presents a programme of, and inspired by, his works.

Royal Holloway has a tradition of inspiring musical excellence which spans over 100 years. The university campus in Surrey is home to one of the world’s top music departments and ensembles of exceptional student musicians including the university’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered one of the UK’s finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs. The 24 choral scholars, under the supervision of Rupert Gough, will be joined in this concert by the university Chorus and Royal Holloway alumni soloists including soprano Sarah Fox. The Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Rebecca Miller, and will perform side-by-side with the London Mozart Players.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a cornerstone of the classical repertoire. Its uplifting theme of unity reflects Royal Holloway’s strong sense of community. Complementing this is Cecilia McDowall’s Ave Maris Stella. It takes as its central theme words from Woodrow Wilson “the freedom of the seas is the sine qua non of peace, equality and co-operation”. Taking inspiration from Beethoven’s work and legacy, a new commission from prize-winning Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi will open the concert.

‘Peace & Harmony’ with Subrang Arts

A Concert Extraordinaire with Sheku Kanneh-Mason

MOZART Symphony No. 31, K. 297 ‘Paris’ 

SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto in A minor 

RAVEL Pavane 

BIZET Symphony in C

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
Jaime Martin conductor
Ruth Rogersdirector
London Mozart Players

London Mozart Players return to Fairfield halls for a stylish programme of music with a distinctly French theme to the Phoenix Hall in January 2020, with very special guest, BBC Young Musician 2016 winner – cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

LMP brings a soupçon of Gallic charm to Croydon with a classical concert full of elegant delights. The programme includes Mozart’s Paris Symphony with its grand, thrilling opening and Bizet’s youthful masterpiece, his Symphony in C – a glorious homage to his mentor Charles Gounod. Before Ravel’s beautifully orchestrated Pavane pour une infante défunte, the crème de la crème of young British talent will join the orchestra for Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 – one of the best-loved of 19th-century concertos.

Soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who delighted the worldwide audience at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will bring all his virtuosic skills to Saint-Saëns’ gorgeous work. Rather than a Romantic cliché of soloist in conflict with the orchestra, the composer integrates the cello into the orchestral fabric, and yet at the same time ingeniously keeps the cello front and centre throughout this lyrical and enchanting piece. No need to cross the Channel for style and elegance, just come to Croydon’s finest concert venue.

The Snowman & The Nutcracker

The iconic animated film of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, with music by Howard Blake, has been a Christmas TV favourite since its première in 1982. As part of their award-winning #LMPOnTheMove series, Fairfield Halls’ resident orchestra London Mozart Players will perform the full orchestral score live-to-picture on a big screen in the Phoenix Concert Hall, in a pre-Christmas treat that’s perfect for the whole family.  

 

The programme includes a magical retelling in words and music of Hoffman’s original 1816 fairy tale The Nutcracker. Actor Tama Matheson will bring the enchanting story of Clara, the Nutcracker and the fight with the Mouse King in the Kingdom of Sweets to life with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score as a musical backdrop. The story will be presented alongside stunning artwork animations created by art students from Riddlesdown School. 

 

There’s no better way to get in the mood for the festive season! 

Tickets Adults £15 | Under 16s £8.25 | Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 kids) £38

 

 

Image © Snowman Enterprises Ltd
“The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin | www.thesnowman.com

A Christmas Carol

Tama Matheson

Trinity Chamber Choir

London Mozart Players (piano trio)

Festive seasons past, present and future combine in this seasonal treat as Charles Dickens gives a dramatic re-telling of his classic tale: ‘A ChristmasCarol’. In this brand-new adaptation, actor Tama Matheson breathes fresh life into Dickens who takes to the stage to tell his moving morality tale of Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and all those Christmas ghosts, accompanied by an atmospheric soundscape of Christmas carols performed by the Trinity Chamber Choir and a string quartet from the London Mozart Players. By turns gloriously funny, sad, joyous and heart-rending, this evocative blend of carols and drama captures the wonder, pathos and sheer spookiness of this Christmasclassic. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!

A Christmas Carol

Tama Matheson

Trinity Chamber Choir

London Mozart Players (piano trio)

Festive seasons past, present and future combine in this seasonal treat as Charles Dickens gives a dramatic re-telling of his classic tale: ‘A Christmas Carol’. In this brand-new adaptation, actor Tama Matheson breathes fresh life into Dickens who takes to the stage to tell his moving morality tale of Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and all those Christmas ghosts, accompanied by an atmospheric soundscape of Christmas carols performed by Trinity Chamber Choir and a string quartet from the London Mozart Players. By turns gloriously funny, sad, joyous and heart-rending, this evocative blend of carols and drama captures the wonder, pathos and sheer spookiness of this Christmasclassic. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!

A Classic Christmas

Programme includes:
Irving Berlin White Christmas
Felix Bernard Winter Wonderland
James Lord Pierpont Jingle Bells
Leroy Anderson Sleigh Ride
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite
‘Walking in the Air’ from The Snowman
‘Only You’ – written by Michael Omer and Crisis Skylight Singers

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
Ruth Rogers  director

THE CRISIS SKYLIGHT CROYDON SINGERS
WELCOME CHOIR
THE HIVE CHOIR
CROYDON CITADEL BAND
ROCKMOUNT & CYPRESS SCHOOLS

Christmas would not be Christmas without the London Mozart Players’ annual family Christmas concert at St John’s. We’ve got a programme packed full of your festive favourites as well as a few surprises, but do book early as this concert always sells out.
Put on that Christmas jumper, dig out that Santa hat and join us for what will be an unforgettable evening guaranteed to get you singing along!

Our programme includes the seasonal – The Nutcracker and Sleigh Ride, the modern – ‘Walking in the Air’ from The Snowman, and the brand new – ‘Only You’, a song written especially for this concert by Michael Omar with members of Crisis Skylight Singers. And of course, all your best-loved traditional carols to join in with. We have invited some of our best musical mates to perform alonside us, including the Croydon Citadel Band, orchestras from Rockmount and Cypress schools, the Rockmount School Choir, The Crisis Skylight Singers, The Welcome Choir and the newly-established Hive Choir. Soloists include Erin Morgan, playing a violin from LMP’s Amnesty for Musical Instruments collection, the winner of this year’s ‘Musical Star’ competition and a treble from Trinity School for the all-important solos. All this plus mulled wine, mince pies and a glorious Christmas tree!

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE – Early bird 15% discount available if you book by Tuesday 3 December.

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.

Geoffrey Hanson’s 80th Birthday Concert

London Mozart Players
The London Ripieno Singers

Paul Archibald – Trumpet
Anna Cavaliero – Soprano
Geoffrey Simon – Conductor

Elgar Serenade in E minor
Mozart Exsultate, jubilate
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Hanson Tumpet Piece: The Singing Will Never Be Done
(First performance)

The London Ripieno Society presents a concert to mark Geoffrey Hanson’s 80th Birthday with The London Mozart Players and The London Ripieno Singers

LMP Chamber Ensemble at Turner Sims

Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat, K407
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K581
Schubert Octet in F, D803

A joyful musical celebration courtesy of members of the London Mozart Players who make their second appearance at Turner Sims in their 70th anniversary year. The three works in the programme were all written with virtuoso performers in mind. Renowned clarinettists Anton Stadler and Ferdinand Troyer commissioned Mozart and Schubert respectively, with Schubert’s six movement octet being the largest chamber work the composer ever wrote. Mozart’s horn quintet, written for his longstanding friend Joseph Leutgeb, has been described by one critic as like a miniature concerto for horn in three movements.

Piano Explored – Cramer 

Howard Shelley – piano
London Mozart Players

Cramer Piano Concert No. 4 in C Op. 38

To celebrate Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley’s 70th birthday, the 2019/20 London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored lunchtime series will feature a selection of Howard’s favourite piano concertos, including this gem by Johann Cramer which has all the delights of an early Christmas present! Howard’s illuminating deconstructions will accompany a performance by the London Mozart Players alongside Howard at the piano. These popular lunchtime concerts are as fun as they are enjoyable!

Cramer, a renowned pianist, was greatly admired by Beethoven and considered his equal if not his superior in technical perfection. Also a prolific composer, Cramer’s works contain complex embellishments that showed off his prodigious talent and his Piano Concerto No. 4 demonstrates this perfectly, with its unusual cadenza in the final movement to which Howard Shelley, a leading exponent of the underrated Cramer, will bring all his dazzling, virtuosic brilliance. This ambitious finale follows two contrasting movements: the first poised and Mozartian, the second deliciously lyrical. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Cramer’s exciting work, played by a master of the keyboard.