Prokofiev, Mozart, Haydn & Delius

London Mozart Players
Howard Shelley – conductor / piano

Prokofiev  Symphony No 1
Mozart  Piano Concerto No 25
Delius  On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Haydn  Symphony No. 104 (London) 

Free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm by Clive McClelland.

Howard Shelley & LMP in Dublin

Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 ‘Classical
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503
Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London

Howard Shelley, world-renowned pianist and Conductor Laureate of the London Mozart Players, brings this wonderful orchestra, the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra, to Dublin for a special concert as part of the orchestra’s 70th birthday celebrations. He will perform in the dual role of conductor and soloist.

Late masterpieces by Mozart and his revered older contemporary Haydn feature along with Prokofiev’s witty and affectionate tribute to the classical style: ‘a symphony as Mozart or Haydn might have written it…had either one of them been my contemporary…’ as young Prokofiev put it.

The Mozart concerto in C is one of the last three concertos Mozart wrote at the height of his maturity, with a first movement of almost Beethovenian grandeur. Haydn’s London symphonies represent some of his greatest achievements, with No. 104 being the fitting finale and the last symphony he ever wrote.

The cuckoo in this classical nest is the evocative tone poem On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Delius. Otherwise described as a ‘mood picture for small orchestra’, the piece imitates the natural sounds of the cuckoo which can be heard by the oboe, strings and clarinet. So whilst the literal connection to our
‘Beethoven: Before and After’ strand across the season is Mozart and Haydn, there is more than an echo of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony here.

Presented by NCH
Media Partner The Irish Times

Orchestras Live at Darlington Hippodrome

Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Vaughan Williams – Lark Ascending

Elgar – Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

 

Ruth Rogers violin

London Mozart Players

 

This concert has been co-produced by Orchestras Live.

FIRE! The story of The Great Fire of London

London Mozart Players

Guildhall School of Music Students

Conductor  Benjamin Pope

Narrators Michael Dore (Pepys) Annabelle Brown (Jane)

Music by Richard M Brown

Script by Sarah Harding and Fern Dickson

Lyrics by Richard M Brown and Fern Dickson

The powerful story of the Great Fire of London related by Samuel Pepys and Jane, his maid. From the fire’s modest beginnings to the high flames, inept commands of the King and the destruction and re-birth of a brighter and better London.

Old Masters, Young Talent

Prokofiev Symphony No.1 in D Op.25 ‘Classical’

Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor, K.466

Matthew Olyver Concerto in Clockwork

Haydn Symphony No.104 in D ‘London’

 

Old Masters, Young Talent is the dynamic opening concert that launches the LMP’s 2019/20 classical music season at St John’s Upper Norwood, and sets the tone for a series full of virtuoso performances that encompasses old friends and new acquaintances.

The LMP’s St John’s season will bring the best in classical music to Upper Norwood, and we are delighted to have the orchestra under the baton of LMP Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley, who will lead the musicians through time-tested classics such as Haydn’s ‘London’ and Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ symphonies. As the LMP has always been a champion of new talent, we are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with Armel Opera Festival in bringing you pianist Soma Balázs-Piri, the 14-year-old winner of a prize at the Virtuosos classical music competition in Budapest, who will be playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466. His concert appearance with LMP is the Armel Opera Festival prize.

As an extra treat we have the world premiere of a brand-new commission by Matthew Olyver, winner of the Arts Society prize.

This concert is supported by the Arts Society Greater London. 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 Partership Fund.

 

Chelsea History Festival: The Lark Ascending

Roderick Williams baritone
Siân Philipps violin
London Mozart Players
William Vann conductor

Internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams joins forces with violinist Siân Philipps, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Hospital’s Director of Music, William Vann, for a concert of English vocal and orchestral music at the historic Wren Chapel.

Recently voted Britain’s favourite piece of music, The Lark Ascending was written in 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War. It was first performed in 1921, when its composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, lived in Chelsea’s Cheyne Walk. The concert will also include a new arrangement of George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, his folk tune suite The Banks of Green Willow and Samuel Barber’s popular Adagio for Strings, as well as songs by Frank Bridge and Gustav Holst. The music will be interspersed by readings from Chelsea Pensioners, commemorating events from 100 years ago.

The evening will open with a complimentary glass of wine, soft drink or water in the spectacular Great Hall, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Siân Philipps is sponsored for the evening’s concert by the Zetland Foundation.

This event is supported by Masterpiece.

New World Symphony

Mendelssohn Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’

Dvorak Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’

Mendelssohn’s dramatic ‘Scottish’ evokes historic tragedy and beauty of landscape in powerful melody and Dvorak’s magnificent ‘New World’ symphony is a potent blend of longing for his Czech homeland, poignant themes and blazing brass in the Finale. Janusz Piotrowicz conducts.

 

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

Beethoven’s choral masterpiece is given wings by Crouch End Festival Chorus, alongside a competition-winning choral piece.

London Mozart Players
David Temple conductor
Sarah Fox soprano 
Jess Dandy contralto
Robin Tritschler tenor 
Neal Davies bass
Crouch End Festival Chorus
New work Winner of CEFC `From the heart’ competition
Beethoven Mass in D (Missa solemnis)

‘From the heart – may it return to the heart!’

These words of Beethoven’s, written on the front of his score, sum up the profundity of this greatest of choral works, the Missa Solemnis.

The dramatic score conjures up images of angels hovering, and even an impending invasion.

As a prelude to this great work, the chorus premieres the winning piece from a competition that invited composers to create a short a cappella setting of Beethoven’s words.

20% discount – quote BEETHOVEN when booking.

A Fanfare at Fairfield!

Piano Explored – Mozart

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 in C K503

Howard Shelley piano
London Mozart Players

The 2019/20 the London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored lunchtime series celebrates the 70th birthday of its Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley with a selection of his favourite piano concertos demonstrating his flair and breadth of virtuosity. Take the opportunity to revel in the classics or discover something new, all in a whistle-stop lunch hour!

Mozart’s magnificent C major piano concerto has something of a Beethovian air about it – certainly Beethoven references it in his own Fourth Piano Concerto, and the famous motif of his Fifth Symphony can also be heard. There’s lots to love in this, the longest and perhaps the most virtuosic of Mozart’s piano concertos: a touching slow movement, a march reminiscent of the then unwritten ‘Le Marseillaise’ and an animated finale with its gavotte theme from Idomeneo.

These popular lunchtime concerts, now in their sixth season, include an insightful deconstruction of the piece by Howard Shelley, followed by a full performance of the work by Howard with the London Mozart Players.

‘Shelley is a superb musician: not only does he play with great taste and insight but his conducting is impeccable’ BBC Music Magazine

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: The fourth concert season in SE19

Mill Hill Music Club Concert

London Mozart Players
Director: Simon Blendis

Mozart – Divertimento in B flat major K.137
Piazzolla – Libertango & Oblivion
Britten – Simple Symphony Op.4
Tchaikovsky – Serenade in C major Op.48

The Mill Hill Music Club is now in its 65th year and LMP is delighted to perform in its 2019/2020 season opening concert on 22nd September.

Encompassing classical strings, a romantic serenade, two passionate tango-inspired works and a string symphony that’s both boistrous and sentimental, it’s a varied programme that perfectly showcases the talent within the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra.

The concert will take place in The Hall, The Henrietta Barnett School, with its superb acoustics, easy accessibility and friendly atmosphere.