Orchestras Live: LMP & Tim Ridout @ The Courtyard

HAYDN Symphony No. 44 in E minor, ‘Trauer’
TABAKOVA Suite in Old Style
ARNOLD Sinfonietta No. 1
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola in E flat

Tim Ridout, viola
Ruth Rogers, leader
London Mozart Players

LMP are delighted to be returning to the Courtyard with a sparkling concert of core repertoire, more recent works and an exciting young soloist, Tim Ridout. Composed in a minor key, Haydn’s ‘Trauer’ symphony was one of the first masterpieces of its time, inspiring movement towards the Romantic era. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for solo violin and viola is a firm favourite with audiences, featuring LMP’s illustrious leader Ruth Rogers as soloist, with the viola part played by Tim Ridout, who will also step forward for Dobrinka Tabakova’s melodic, exuberant and surprising ‘Suite in Old Style’. Arnold’s Sinfonietta No.1 completes the programme, with lush harmonies and hunting calls conjuring quintessential British scenery.

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Orchestras Live: Little Red Riding Hood @ The Courtyard

Little Red Riding Hood – Paul Patterson/Roald Dahl

Perfect for all the family from the young to the young at heart, Paul Patterson’s musical setting of Roald Dahl’s retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ will be performed by the wind players of the LMP Chamber Ensemble, alongside  vivacious presenter Polly Ives. With wit and the unpatronizing humour characteristic of its author, the wind quintet, pianist and story-teller will take you on a journey into the woods! Meet the precocious Miss Riding Hood, her cantankerous Grandma, and see the Big Bad Wolf as you’ve never seen him before! This lively and tuneful rendition of the fairy tale classic never fails to entertain.

Tickets £12, Concession £8, Family Ticket (2 adults/2 children) £32

Ian Fasham

Ian started playing the tenor trombone at the age of 11, and then joined the

Kent County Youth Orchestra on bass trombone in 1974, having been loaned an instrument.

He has played at the low end of the section ever since!

He went on to study at the Royal College of Music between 1978 and 1982 with Gerry McElhone, bass trombonist of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Ian developed a real passion for playing opera during this period, and works regularly at Glyndebourne, Garsington Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Covent Garden. He has also been involved in recording numerous film scores. Ian has been a member of the London Mozart Players since 1993, where he enjoys the different style of playing that is required for performing with a chamber orchestra.

Ian is married with two children, and in his spare time enjoys getting away to warmer climates.

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea: Mozart Requiem

MOZART Requiem
MOZART Vesperae solennes de confessore
MOZART Ave Verum Corpus

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
London Mozart Players
William Vann, conductor

The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is one of the finest professional church choirs in the UK. Its members regularly sing with many of the world’s leading consort groups, such as The Sixteen, Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico and Monteverdi Choir and also work in the fields of opera, conducting, teaching and music journalism.

Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor is undoubtedly the most famous of all unfinished musical compositions: composed in Vienna in 1791, the work was only partially complete when Mozart died of a fever on 5 December. It was completed the following year by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, in order to fulfil the original commission by Count Franz von Walsegg, an amateur chamber musician who routinely commissioned works by composers and passed them off as his own!

Mozart’s final work for Salzburg Cathedral, in 1780, was a setting of the texts for vespers, intended for liturgical use. The highlight, perhaps, is the wonderful soprano solo Laudate Dominum. We also hear his impeccable and renowned setting of Ave Verum Corpus, thoroughly appropriate for performance alongside the Requiem.

Esterházy Chamber Choir: Haydn Creation

HAYDN The Creation

Esterházy Chamber Choir
London Mozart Players
Richard Dawson, conductor

The Esterházy Chamber Choir was founded in 1993 and is based in Lewes, East Sussex. Comprising around thirty four experienced singers from a wide variety of backgrounds, the choir aims to perform a varied and exciting repertoire at the highest standard. Recent concerts have included Bach’s St John Passion and Mass in B minor, settings of the Requiem by Desenclos and Fauré, Howells’ Requiem and Parry’s Songs of Farewell.

This concert marks the choir’s 25th Anniversary: a performance of Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ with The London Mozart Players and professional soloists in Lewes Town Hall.

Academy Choir Wimbledon: Mozart Mass in C minor

HAYDN Te Deum in C
MOZART Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’
MOZART Mass in C Minor

Academy Choir Wimbledon
London Mozart Players
Sopranos – Soraya Mafi and Rowan Pierce
Tenor – Alessandro Fisher
Bass – Thomas D Hopkinson
Conductor – Matthew Best

Mozart’s C Minor Mass is rightly numbered among the greatest choral works ever written whilst his 41st and final symphony is regarded by many commentators as being – at very least one of – his finest. Haydn’s Te Deum complements this programme very thoughtfully – few write music as invigorating as Haydn – and will open the concert.

Filled with drama, virtuosity and a clear sense of hope, Mozart’s C Minor Mass is a true great – in 2015 Pope Francis commented that one movement – the Et incarnatus est – “is matchless; it lifts you to God!”. Brahms observed of Mozart’s 39th, 40th and 41st Symphonies that: “I am able to understand … that Beethoven’s first symphony did impress people colossally. But the last three symphonies by Mozart are much more important.” Praise indeed!

Our soloists will be a complete delight and include the sopranos Soraya Mafi (an ENO Harewood Artist who won the 2016 Susan Chilcott Award and placed second in the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Award) and Rowan Pierce (winner of the President’s Award at the Royal College of Music in 2017 and the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition) alongside tenor Alessandro Fisher (who won the joint first prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award). The London Mozart Players will perform Mozart’s final symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) – regarded by many critics as among the greatest in classical music and of which Brahms observed: “I am able to understand too that Beethoven’s first symphony did impress people colossally. But the last three symphonies by Mozart are much more important.”

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The Waynflete Singers: Mozart Mass in C minor

Based in Winchester, the Waynflete Singers is one of Southern England’s premier amateur choirs, performing an exciting and diverse choral repertoire. We produce excellent musical events in the Winchester area and beyond, with the support of select professional orchestras and first class soloists.

Presenting an all-Mozart programme featuring his great C minor Mass and the Jupiter Symphony.

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate!
Mozart: Symphony No.41 in C ‘Jupiter’
Mozart: Mass in C minor

Anna Dennis, Soprano
Finalists, 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition
London Mozart Players
Andrew Lumsden, Conductor

Tickets will be available from Winchester Cathedral Box Office.

HOLST The Planets with Croydon Music & Arts

Join Croydon’s resident orchestra to travel to other worlds through music inspired by the wonder of the planets. Enjoy the excitement with Croydon young musicians as they make this journey for the first time!

Treat your loved one to a performance that is out of this world on Mothers Day.

Peter Stark conductor
Croydon Music & Arts
London Mozart Players

PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony
HOLST The Planets Suite *

*Side-by-side with the young musicians of CMA

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Orchestras Live & North Norfolk: Fiddler’s Hill & Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

MOZART Divertimento in Bb K.137
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in D minor
SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony Op.110a
JEFF MOORE Fiddler’s Hill (side-by-side)

Savitri Grier, violin
Jeff Moore, conductor
Young musicians of Norfolk Music Hub

North Norfolk and at Orchestras Live are partnering up to welcome the internationally acclaimed London Mozart Players to Sheringham in March with a diverse programme of music spanning more than 200 years, including Mendelssohn’s second Violin Concerto featuring the rising star Savitri Grier. The programme also includes a modern piece, Fiddler’s Hill, which will involve a number of young string players from North Norfolk performing alongside the professionals.

Piano Explored: Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto

London Mozart Players returns to St John’s Smith Square alongside Howard Shelley for its highly anticipated Piano Explored lunchtime series. In the final instalment of its 17/18 season, the Conductor Laureate whisks the audience through the rollercoaster 17 days it took Saint-Saëns to write his Piano Concerto No. 2 for his friend Anton Rubinstein.

The best lunch-break you’ve ever had.’  —   International Piano

Designed for everyone from city workers and resident Londoners to holiday-makers day-trippers, London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored is the perfect addition to your lunch-time. In one whistle-stop hour, pianist and conductor Howard Shelley takes you on an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most recognised works for piano.

In our 17/18 season, audiences will uncover the anguish of Shostakovich, reminisce on a classic love story that spiralled Schumann to global success, delve into the grandeur of Mendelssohn in an exclusive two-part mini-series, whisk through Saint-Saens’ rollercoaster-esque creative process and dive into the explosive mind of Grieg.

Tickets available from St John’s Smith Square. £15 (£5 students)

Belfast: International Festival of Chamber Music – Masterclass

Two student ensembles are put through their paces by members of the London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble.

Belfast: International Festival of Chamber Music

Mozart         Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, K. 452
Poulenc       Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano, FP. 43
Ibert             Cinq Pièces for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Beethoven  Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, op. 16

The LMP Chamber Ensemble are delighted to be invited to play at Belfast International Festival of Chamber Music, with some delightful works by the masters, Mozart and Beethoven, and the genius of French composers Poulenc and Ibert.

Perth Concert Hall: Howard Shelley & LMP

Vivaldi Concerto in D for two trumpets
Mozart Piano Concerto No 21 in C K467
Haydn Symphony No 103 in E flat ‘Drum Roll’

Howard Shelley, piano/conductor

One of the UK’s most famed chamber orchestras makes a special visit to Perth Concert Hall with a hugely appealing programme. Vivaldi’s double trumpet concerto evokes visions of Venice, Mozart’s C major piano concerto provided the music for the film ‘Elvira Madigan’ and Haydn’s ‘Drum Roll’ symphony is one of his best loved works and one of the finest of all 18th century symphonies.

‘Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players where classical refinement and ebullience go hand in hand’ Financial Times

Mozart to Malabar! LMP at Ashburton Hall

Ashburton Hall presents Mozart to Malabar

With London Mozart Players featuring Classical Indian Dance

East meets West in a hugely exciting event that brings together world class performers of classical Indian dance and Western classical music. In a unique collaboration the London Mozart Players join internationally renowned Indian Dance Groups Bharatanatyam Dance from Tamil Nadu (choreography by Anusha Suhbrahmanyam) and Kuchipudi Dance from Andra Pradesh (choreography by Aishwarya Rajarshi) to present an exclusive and enchanting concert in the majestic newly modernized Byculla Suite at Ashburton Hall, Croydon’s newest community arts hub. We promise a spine-tingling cross-cultural evening of exceptional music and dance.

Tickets for this one-time only event are limited: book now!

Saturday 10 February, 6.30pm
 
London Mozart Players
Anusha Subramanyam – Bharatanatyam Dance
Aishwarya Rajarshi – Kuchipudi Dance
Mozart    Divertimento in D K.136
Barber     Adagio
Tchaikovsky   Serenade for strings
Bartok     Romanian Dances
Copland  Hoedown
Ashburton Hall, Croydon’s newest Community Arts Hub is open for bookings – Workshops, Events, Classes, Seminars

Ashburton Hall
Lower Addiscombe Road,
Near Woodside Tram Stop
Croydon CR0 6RX

info@ashburton-hall.co.uk
07856003777
www.ashburton-hall.co.uk
Open Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun, 9am-4pm

 

Ealing Youth Orchestra & LMP: Strauss Alpine Symphony

LMP are delighted to be joining the talented young musicians of Ealing Youth Orchestra for this Symphonic extravaganza as part of the Ealing Music and Film Festival!

DVORAK Cello Concerto in B minor
STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony

Leon Gee Conductor
Akito Goto Cello
Ealing Youth Orchestra
with students of RCM and members of LMP

Ealing Youth Orchestra is an independent youth orchestra which was founded in 1959 by music teacher John Railton MBE and has continued to flourish under the leadership of professional music directors, with generations of teenagers having passed through its ranks, many of them going on to musical careers themselves. The orchestra has 90 members aged 13-19 who attend over 30 different local schools around west London.

In recent years the orchestra has been honoured to play with soloists of the calibre of Tasmin Little and former BBC Young Musician winner Martin James Bartlett. As part of the Festival’s outreach programme, EYO players have also enjoyed mentoring by world-famous professional musicians, with whose members they have appeared in side-by-side performances of works including Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Mahler’s Symphony no 1.

EYO gives five concerts a year in West London venues plus another three on the annual European summer tour, as well as running an active outreach programme to local schools. EYO is a self-funded charity which offers bursary support to enable talented young musicians to participate regardless of family income.

Vacancies in the orchestra arise each September as around 25% of their membership moves on to higher education. Auditions are held in June/July and September and they welcome applications from players aged 13-18 of approximately Grade 6 standard or above.

The Festival Trust are delighted that EYO will be mentored and supported by members of the London Mozart Players, in conjunction with their Voyager Outreach Programme. Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech, the London Mozart Players is the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Known for its unmistakable British roots, the orchestra has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming from Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music. LMP has enjoyed a long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Felicity Lott, Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti, John Suchet and Simon Callow. In addition, students of the Royal College of Music are supporting the EYO brass section.

Piano Explored: Mendelssohn Piano Concerto

The best lunch-break you’ve ever had.’  —   International Piano

On Wednesday 7th February, come along to St John’s Smith  Square for the perfect lunch break: Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor. This work of magic, beauty and drama was written when the composer was just 21, and was such a hit that, for a while, it was the most performed concerto ever written.

Howard’s introduction will include snippets of information that add a fascinating context to the full work that follows. Revel in the lightning first movement, the intimate slow movement and the glittering finale which is sure to bring the house down.

In this short video, Howard shares a few insights to this dazzling piece: find out which composer was so dismayed by the work’s success that he claimed that pianos would go on playing it even after being chopped up…!

Howard Shelley on Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1

Designed for everyone from city workers and resident Londoners to holiday-makers day-trippers, London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored is the perfect addition to your lunch-time. In one whistle-stop hour, pianist and conductor Howard Shelley takes you on an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most recognised works for piano.

Tickets available from St John’s Smith Square. £15 (£5 students)

University of Essex Choir: Duruflé Requiem

Duruflé: Requiem
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Copland: Appalachian Spring

London Mozart Players
Hannah Cooke, mezzo
Dominic Sedgwick, bass
Richard Cooke, conductor

The University of Essex Choir has developed a reputation for high quality and inspirational performances and is widely recognised as one of the foremost large ensembles in the East of England. Founded in 1977 and numbering about one hundred and thirty singers, membership is drawn from staff and students of the University and from the local community. Since 1981 the Music Director has been Richard Cooke who also directs the Royal Choral Society and Canterbury Choral Society. Under his inspirational leadership the choir has sung many of the major classical works, often in the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, near Aldeburgh. In performance the choir is joined by excellent professional musicians, both orchestra and soloists. Many have gone on to become well-known nationally and internationally. The concerts attract audiences of up to eight hundred, and are generally recognised as some of the best choral concerts in East Anglia, winning well deserved critical acclaim.

The Grand, Eastbourne: A weekend with the LMP

The London Mozart Players’ weekend at the Grand Hotel is now a permanent and popular fixture in the hotel’s calendar. The 2018 weekend, the sixteenth year of the event, showcases the talents of the London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble with special guest pianists Cordelia Williams and Melvyn Tan.

Opening the weekend in style, Cordelia Williams joins LMP musicians for a programme of monumental proportion, set to include Mozart’s charming Piano Quartet, a movement from the remarkable Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, and Brahms’s mighty Piano Quintet, a pinnacle in chamber music repertoire.

2018 also marks the centenary of Claude Debussy’s death, so to celebrate the great French composer and his significance with the Grand, LMP are delighted to be joined by Melvyn Tan for a performance of La Mer, arranged for Piano Trio by composer Sally Beamish, who will provide the illustrative talk earlier in the day. A tonic of bottled sunshine rounds off the evening in the form of Schubert’s Trout Quintet, sure to warm a February evening.

Please contact The Grand to book or to be placed on the waiting list.