Royal Holloway & LMP

Royal Holloway in Concert with the London Mozart Players
Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra
Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway
London Mozart Players
Rebecca Miller CONDUCTOR
Rupert Gough CONDUCTOR
Programme to include works by Beethoven and Vaughan Williams

Royal Holloway, University of London, has a tradition of inspiring musical excellence spanning over 100 years. The campus community in Surrey is home to one of the world’s top university music departments with students, staff and alumni regularly performing across the globe.

The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in the UK. The 24 choral scholars that constitute the Chapel Choir undertake a busy schedule of services, concerts and tours, under the supervision of Director of Choral Music, Rupert Gough.

The Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra features some of the most distinguished student musicians in the Department of Music including scholars from the College’s orchestral scholarship programme. They are conducted by Director of Orchestras, Rebecca Miller, and regularly participate in a unique side-by-side performance scheme with the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra, The London Mozart Players.

Following on from the success of their 2017 debut performance together at St John’s Smith Square these ensembles unite once again with the London Mozart Players for a showcase including, amongst other highlights, Beethoven’s masterpiece 5th Symphony and Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music.

LMP receive new ACE Catalyst grant


We are thrilled to announce that London Mozart Players (LMP) is the recipient of a Catalyst small grant from the Arts Council of England (ACE); these grants are designed to help create a more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector. This is the second grant LMP has had from ACE in the last 18 months and shows our strengthening relationship with this important funding body. This most recent grant will enable LMP to become more financially secure and widen the orchestra’s income streams.

LMP will be using the grant in three ways:

  • To help develop and promote our new Podium leadership and training programme for businesses.
  • To help create an annual fundraising event during our 70th birthday year in 2019 featuring LMP alumni and ambassadors including Simon Callow and Jane Glover.
  • To recruit new members to our Development Group – a group of committed supporters from the business community who act as ambassadors for LMP, recruiting new patrons, donors and businesses.

More information on the grants here.


Madrid: Auditorio Nacional de Música

London Mozart Players
Serge Zimmermann VIOLIN

MOZART Symphony No.1 in Eb K.16
MOZART Violin Concerto No.5 in A K.219
MOZART Divertimento in D K.136
MOZART Symphony No.36 in C K.425 ‘Linz’

LMP are delighted to be invited to play at the Auditorio Nacional de Música alongside rising star Serge Zimmermann for an exhilarating all Mozart programme.

LMP reinvents itself ‘triumphantly’

After a wonderful night of music at St John’s Smith Square, with Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich on top form in a thrilling and visceral programme of Beethoven and Brahms, it was gratifying to read Ivan Hewett’s review in the Telegraph which opened with a couple of paragraphs on how the LMP had managed to successfully reinvent itself, while remaining true to its roots as custodians of excellence in classical music.

You can read the review here:

Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich & LMP

London Mozart Players
Nicola Benedetti VIOLIN
Leonard Elschenbroich CONDUCTOR

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture Op. 62
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Op. 77
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68

London Mozart Players present the first of a special two-part evening series with Classical BRIT award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti. In an evening celebrating Brahms, the Scottish-born instrumentalist demonstrates why she is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation as she performs the German composer’s Violin Concerto in D, labelled one of the great four German violin concerti by Joseph Joachim.

Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech, 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. Following on from the success of their Piano Explored lunchtime series with Howard Shelley, the orchestra returns to St John’s Smith Square for a special two-part evening series featuring a collaboration with award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti and an exclusive in conversation and performance with Royal Harpist Catrin Finch, hosted by Classic FM presenter John Suchet.


Grayshott Concerts: Brahms Violin Concerto

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. She is, arguably, the most famous British violinist since the time of Yehudi Menuhin.

Nicola Benedetti MBE will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with the famous London Mozart Players for Grayshott Concerts on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at St Luke’s Church, Grayshott. The Programme will include Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Brahms’ Symphony No.1 in C minor.

The performance, starting at 7.30pm, will be conducted by her long-time associate, Leonard Elschenbroich, who will be known to many as the accomplished and charismatic cellist working in trio with Nicola and pianist, Alexei Grynyuk.


Neville Osrin appointed new Chairman of London Mozart Players Orchestra Ltd

We are delighted to confirm the appointment of business psychologist and consultant Neville Osrin as the new Chairman of London Mozart Players Orchestra Ltd (LMP) with effect from 1st January 2018. He takes over from Paul Archibald who is stepping down after three years in the role, whilst remaining on the board.

Paul, who has has done a brilliant job over the last three years, commented: ‘I feel that now is an excellent time to bring in some new ideas that will take the orchestra forward over the coming years. I have been proud to be part of the team that has overseen the transition of the London Mozart Players to a player-governed orchestra. The orchestra has a history of 70 years of high quality music-making and I believe Neville is the right person to guide the next stage of LMP’s exciting journey. The orchestra is a dynamic organisation and I look forward to continuing to play my part as a Director of the Board of LMP and Principal Trumpet.’

The appointment comes as we look forward to celebrating our 70th birthday in 2019, and cements a relationship with Mr Osrin who, as a member of the LMP Development Group, has been instrumental in guiding the LMP’s recent initiative in the development of ‘Podium’ – an interactive leadership programme designed to help businesses achieve greater levels of performance through the example of an orchestra’s teamwork and leadership model. Launched in December 2017, Podium fuses the thrill of live music-making with dynamic and insightful analysis of leadership issues.

Neville Osrin commented: ‘Being invited to serve as Chairman the Board of one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras is both an honour and an immense privilege. In a national and international musical landscape populated by many fine orchestras, the London Mozart Players occupy a near-unique position. It’s performances and many recordings demonstrate the extraordinary and consistent quality of its virtuosity and interpretative strengths. It is directed largely by its leader rather than a conductor, and the players themselves fill key managerial and Board roles. Their outreach programmes, community involvement, commissioning of new works and numerous innovative initiatives reveal an ensemble whose accomplishments are truly beyond the ordinary.

I look forward with great pleasure to working with the Board in meeting the many challenges facing those in the arts; enabling the LMP to thrive, while continuing to amaze and delight audiences with their peerless performances.’

Martin Grainger, sub-principal horn for the LMP since 2014, has also been appointed to the Board of Directors for London Mozart Players Orchestra Ltd.


Nicola Benedetti at St John the Evangelist

Nicola Benedetti | violin

Leonard Elschenbroich | conductor

London Mozart Players

Beethoven | Coriolan Overture Op.62

Beethoven | Violin Concerto in D Op.61

Classical BRIT Award-winner Nicola Benedetti comes to St John’s in Upper Norwood for a very special afternoon concert of world class classical music. Playing the Beethoven Violin concerto with the London Mozart Players, the Scottish-born instrumentalist will demonstrate why she is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation.

This exclusive concert, conducted by Leonard Elschenbroich, a hugely talented cellist who is beginning to make his name as a classical conductor, has been sponsored by businesses and private patrons to bring these musical stars to our home of SJUN in front of an invited audience of local community groups and young people.

We are releasing just 100 tickets for sale at £20.00 (+booking fees) so do not hesitate to secure your tickets for this very special event.

Tickets will NOT be sold or available on the door.

LMP Chamber Ensemble at Conway Hall

Join the dynamic and accomplished members of the LMP Chamber Ensemble for an exhilarating performance of some of the most beloved works from the chamber music canon in the wonderful setting of Conway Hall.

SCHUBERT Movement in B flat for String Trio
MOZART Clarinet Quintet
BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet

Tim Lines clarinet
Simon Blendis violin
Sijie Chen violin
Judith Busbridge viola
Sebastian Comberti cello


LMP’s Christmas Cracker at St John’s

Get your Christmas off to a cracking start with a celebratory concert of seasonal music by the London Mozart Players!

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
Antonio Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons
Howard Blake: Walking in the Air
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
David Braid: Yesterday, like you and me (new commission)
A selection of Christmas melodies performed by the Central Band of the Royal British Legion
Once in Royal David’s City
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jingle Bells
And carols for all!


Come along to St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, where the orchestra will be kicking off the countdown to Christmas with a concert your whole family will enjoy. They’ll be playing some of your best-loved Christmas music and will be joined on stage by the Central Band of The Royal British Legion and local choirs and schools for a programme that will really get you in the mood for the festive season, as will the mulled wine and seasonal treats. Bring along friends and family, your Santa hats, and plenty of festive cheer!

This concert is being held in aid of the Croydon Refugee Day Centre, a friendly safe meeting place that offers practical assistance for asylum seekers and refugees. A newly commissioned piece ‘Yesterday, like you and me’, based on a moving poem about the refugee crisis, with music by local composer David Braid, will be premièred in the concert, sung by pupils from Rockmount School in Upper Norwood.


Early Bird discount: book by Friday 24th November to get a 25% discount on all ticket prices

Priority Ticket £22.50 (includes reserved seating, programme and interval drink)
Adult (standard): £15
Concessions (OAP): £13
Young Person (16–25): £10
Children (under 16): £5
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £36

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Martin Grainger – Sub Principal Horn

Martin was born in Stourbridge in the West Midlands. He read Music at the University of York where he studied the horn with Bob Ashworth, and later at the Royal College of Music in London with Julian Baker Whilst there he was awarded the Sir Arthur Somervell and Manns Prize for brass playing.

He spent the following years building a varied freelance playing career working with a wide variety of ensembles such as the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Royal Northern Sinfonia, English National Ballet, and Royal Ballet Sinfonia. He first worked with the London Mozart Players in 2006 and continued to play with them regularly before being appointed sub-principal horn in 2014. He also guests with other chamber orchestras such as Britten Sinfonia and City of London Sinfonia, and regularly plays principal horn with Brandenburg Sinfonia.

Martin has also performed extensively as a chamber musician – apart from LMP chamber ensembles, he plays regularly with Locke Brass Consort, Brandenburg Brass, Camerata of London Wind Quintet and Brass Monkeys Brass Quintet. As soloist in recent years Martin has performed Strauss 2, Mozart K417, and most recently Mozart K495 with Brandenburg Sinfonia.

Martin is a firm believer in the importance of music in education and is a keen and committed teacher, holding teaching positions at Trinity School Croydon, Winchester College, Croydon Music & Arts, and Sydenham School amongst others. He also coaches the horn and brass sections for the Croydon Youth Orchestra and Croydon Youth Winds.

When not playing or teaching, Martin enjoys spending time with his family, and tinkering with cars and mostly breaking bits of them.

Sijie (Susie) Chen – Co Leader

Sijie (Susie) Chen

Sijie Chen was born in China and moved to the UK when she was 5 years old. She started studying at Chetham’s School of Music when she was still only able to play in first position, and later she led the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra performing Mahler 6 with Mark Elder. While she was an ABRSM scholar at the Royal College of Music she reached the string finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, studied for a year as an exchange student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, and also fell in love with period performance. Now she enjoys a varied career performing on modern and period violins.

Sijie is most at home performing chamber music with small ensembles and in chamber orchestras. She has collaborated with Nicola Benedetti, Huw Watkins, Ben Gilmore, Alasdair Beatson, Christoph Richter, the Hebrides Ensemble, and other wonderful musicians and friends. Sijie is a founding member of the Raeburn Quartet, who play Classical quartets on gut strings. She regularly takes part in the Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music sessions, and has also performed chamber music in the Edinburgh International Festival as well as festivals in the USA, Canada and Israel.

Sijie is the co-leader of the London Mozart Players and she has appeared as leader and co-leader with the Academy of Ancient Music (of which she is a member), Scottish Chamber Orchestra (of which she was a member 2010-15), Dunedin Consort, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera, and she tours with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Piano Explored: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2

London Mozart Players return to St John’s Smith Square alongside Howard Shelley for a ‘Christmas special’; the ensemble’s Conductor Laureate reveals the hidden in-jokes and family stories behind Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a birthday gift of hope and freedom written for his son, and later the world, to enjoy. The jaunty first and third movements contrast with the hauntingly beautiful second movement, which is reminiscent of Mozart and Beethoven at their finest – with perhaps a hint of Rachmaninov thrown in for good measure. As it’s nearly Christmas we’ve got an extra treat of some glorious Tchaikovsky, and even some Christmas cake for everyone!

You can listen to Howard giving a preview of the piece here:


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.

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

Martin Smith – Violin

Martin Smith was an Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and a scholarship winner at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied violin with Lionel Bentley and Manoug Parikian. He subsequently studied further with Nicholas Roth and the renowned Russian virtuoso Grigori Zhislin. For some years he was a member of the Duke String Quartet, with whom he appeared throughout Britain and Europe, and he has also appeared with the Allegri and Bridge Quartets. He currently performs with the Ellerdale Piano Trio, which he founded in 1992, and with the Primavera Ensemble.

Martin first played with the LMP in 1988, and joined the orchestra a year later. From the outset he has been involved with the orchestra’s educational and outreach work, and particularly relishes coaching young string players. As a result he has been a key player (no pun intended) in the LMP’s many Side-By-Side projects. Away from the LMP Martin has worked with most of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, such as the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra. He also leads New London Sinfonia and Orchestra Nova, and has appeared as guest leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Brunel Ensemble and London Concertante. He has made solo appearances around the UK and also in France, Germany, Holland and the United States, many as leader of the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, which he led and directed for over ten years.

Martin is also active as a conductor. He has appeared with the London Mozart Players, and has led orchestral workshops for them and for ESTA. He has been conductor and artistic director of Enfield Chamber Orchestra since 2008, and of the Richmond Orchestra since 2016, and has also worked with various other orchestras in the south of England.

Martin’s hobbies include Roman roads, the outdoors in general, and the avoidance of housework. He lives in St. Albans with his solicitor wife Margaret, and hopes one day to understand his daughters.

Peter Francomb – Principal Horn

Peter Francomb began playing the horn at the age of ten.  His early studies were in Eastbourne with Jane Allen, and in London with Ifor James and Ron Harris. Early performing experience was gained with the Brighton Youth Orchestra. In 1974, he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Douglas Moore. In 1976 at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras, he won the Van Cliburn Foundation Scholarship, which funded a further year’s tuition with David Cripps and Tony Halstead at the Guildhall School of Music. On leaving college, he worked as guest principal horn with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  In the field of chamber music, he has worked with the Nash and Prometheus Ensembles and since 1985 has been a member of the Albion Ensemble.


In 1988 he was invited to become the principal horn of Royal Northern Sinfonia and in 2018 he will celebrate 30 years as principal horn. During his time in Newcastle/Gateshead, he has played a large part of the horn solo repertoire. In 1992 he was invited to perform Giovanni Punto’s 5th horn concerto at the International Horn Convention in Manchester, and he subsequently recorded this and three other concertos for Pan Classics with Royal Northern Sinfonia. In 2016, Peter was invited to become principal horn of the London Mozart Players and he now combines these duties with Royal Northern Sinfonia. In Spring 2016, Peter performed Mozart’s 2nd horn concerto with LMP at St. John’s Smith Square. This April, Peter performed Strauss 1st horn concerto with Thomas Zehetmair conducting, at Sage Gateshead, repeated at Keswick in October. Peter continues to be invited as guest principal with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, The Philharmonia, The RSNO, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Opera North.


Invitation to the Dance: Bach to Baby/LMP

London Mozart Players and Bach to Baby are delighted to present a special family event for the 2017 festive season.

Pull on your dancing shoes, bring out your ball gowns and tie those black ties – you are cordially invited to the Bach to Baby ball! Prepare to be swept off your feet by the sumptuous strings of the London Mozart Players. Dressed to the nines, we’ll be waltzing our way down the Blue Danube, bobbing along to Brahms’ spirited Hungarian Dance and getting graceful with Grieg’s Holberg Rigaudon. Shall we dance?

Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their families. Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow. No concert is complete without feeding, crying and nappy changing!

There will be two performances, one at 2.00pm and one at 4.15pm.

Tickets: ‘Bach Friday’ sale now on! Tickets reduced from £18 per adult (including two children free), to £14.40! Subject to availability.

Book tickets from the Bach to Baby website.

Beethoven Mass in C: Barnet Choral Society

Join the Barnet Choral Society for an exciting and invigorating all Beethoven programme!

BEETHOVEN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyager
BEETHOVEN Fantasia for piano, chorus and orchestra in C

Richard Brain conductor

Ticket enquiries or call Barnet Choral Society Box Office on 07402 591 966

Sebastian Comberti

Born in London, SEBASTIAN COMBERTI studied in Italy with Amedeo Baldovino and later with Derek Simpson and Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music, from where he graduated in 1977.
In 1976 he became a founder member of the Bochmann Quartet giving concerts throughout the British Isles and in Europe. In 1983 he became principal cello with the London Mozart Players, with whom he has appeared frequently as soloist, as well as being an active member of the LMP Chamber Ensemble.

A keen interest in historically informed performance has resulted in participation with  a great many of London’s period instrument groups, frequently appearing as principal cello with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and soloist with the  Hanover Band. Research into early cello repertoire led to several recitals being recorded by the BBC.

As soloist for CPO he has recorded 4 Cds of the Sinfonia Concertantes of JC Bach, while as a member of several  chamber groups he has recorded for CRD, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Meridian, Phoenix and  RCA.  In April 2001 Sebastian Comberti founded Cello Classics, a label devoted to recordings of rare repertoire and artists, for which he has himself released CDs of hitherto unknown sonatas by Boccherini, quartets for 4 cellos, early 19th Century sonatas with fortepiano, and discs of Sonatas by Stephen Paxton and concertos by Haydn and Zumsteeg with the OAE.