Claire Jones recording sessions

On Oct 22nd the LMP recorded a new album with Claire “The Girl With The Golden Harp”. The album is due to be released on March 1st. Please let us know if you would like to pre order a copy

Claire Jones (born in 1985) is a Welsh harpist who held the title of Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales from 2007 to 2011.

Jones was born in Crymych, Pembrokeshire, and began playing the harp at the age of 10; she performed for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when she was 16. In 2007, she was one of the inaugural winners of The Prince of Wales’s Advanced Study in Music Award, and was appointed as the prince’s official Harpist for a 3-year term. During the previous year, she had won the harp solo at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, been a finalist at the Third International Harp Contest in France, and won the Royal College of Music Harp Competition.

http://www.clairejones.co.uk

Connecting Generations: WW1 Songs Remembered and Shared

As part of a wide-reaching WW1 commemoration project, the London Mozart Players, Croydon’s resident orchestra, have been facilitating the visits of newly established primary school choirs to Croydon senior’s homes

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As well as preparing Jonathan Dove’s new commission For an Unknown Soldier, the children of Atwood Primary Academy, Croydon Parish Church Juniors, Ecclesbourne Primary Academy and Monks Orchard Primary, have also been learning old wartime songs, and creating their own variations of them to sing to residents of local care homes. Repertoire includes Wish Me Luck, It’s a long way to Tipperary and other familiar tunes.

The choir of Monks Orchard Primary School performed at Elizabeth Court  on Wednesday 1st October, which also happened to be International Older People’s Day.

The ‘Coffee Concerts’ which have come to be known as WW1 Songs Remembered and Shared, are an important part of the project for several reasons. They are providing an important performance opportunity for the schools in the lead up to the main concert on the 14th November, and they are also encouraging the children to engage creatively with a bygone era.

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PRESS RELEASE: World Premieres of ‘For an Unknown Soldier’

The London Mozart Players and The Portsmouth Grammar School collaborate to commission major new cantata from Jonathan Dove to commemorate WWI

• World Première performances in Portsmouth and Croydon in November 2014
• Over 300 children from Portsmouth Grammar School and Croydon primary schools involved in the first performances
• Featuring renowned choral conductor Nicholas Cleobury and outstanding young tenor Nicholas Sharratt.

The London Mozart Players and The Portsmouth Grammar School will present the World Première performances of a major new co-commission from Jonathan Dove on 9 November 2014 in Portsmouth Cathedral and 14 November in Fairfield Halls Croydon. For an Unknown Soldier is a setting for tenor solo, children’s choir, adult chorus and chamber orchestra of nine poems about the First World War. Opening with a setting of Wilfred Owen’s portentous ‘1914’, the work offers a moving meditation on the tragedy of war with poems by Mary Gabrielle Collins, Helen Dircks and Ivor Gurney among others.

The LMP is delighted to continue what has become an annual collaboration with Portsmouth Grammar School, which has in recent years seen the commissioning of important new work from composers such as Roxanna Panufnik and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

James Priory, Headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School comments:
“We are thrilled to be giving young musicians from Portsmouth and Croydon the opportunity to work with a living composer and to be involved in creating a major new musical work inspired by Remembrance. I cannot think of a better way for young people to engage creatively in the centenary of the Great War.”

Viv Davies, Managing Director of the London Mozart Players comments:
“We are really excited to be collaborating with the Portsmouth Grammar School and Jonathan Dove on such a significant and important project. The preparation for the events in November has brought together diverse individuals and groups in a unified and common purpose. We have no doubt that the première performances of the cantata will be profound and moving occasions that will express, in a wonderfully creative way, the essence, spirit and deep significance of remembrance. We are looking forward to it immensely.”

PRESS RELEASE: Simon Blendis appointed as Leader

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Blendis as joint Leader of the London Mozart Players. Simon will take up the position in October 2014 and share this highly prestigious role with Marieke Blankestijn, who has led the orchestra since 2011.
Simon has an international reputation as a soloist, orchestral leader and chamber musician, and has been a member of the award-winning Schubert Ensemble since 1995. He has made numerous, widely acclaimed solo and chamber ensemble recordings and appeared regularly at Europe’s major concert venues. He is in regular demand as guest leader with many of the UK’s major orchestras and has shared the position of ‘First Concertmaster’ with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan since 1999.
Simon responded to the news of his appointment by saying, “I feel so honoured to be taking on this role with the London Mozart Players. Over the past few years I have had the immense pleasure of directing the orchestra in a number of high-profile performances, and the prospect of further developing this and creating new projects in the years ahead is incredibly exciting. The LMP occupies a special place in the musical life of this country and this is a great time to be getting on board. I really can’t wait to get started!”
Sebastian Comberti, LMP’s principal cellist remarks that: “It is absolutely wonderful for us that a musician of Simon’s calibre and standing is joining the LMP team. Having worked with him in a variety of ensembles over many years, I am in no doubt whatsoever that he will bring a special zest to the orchestra. We are all hugely looking forward to this new collaboration.”
Viv Davies, the LMP’s Managing Director comments: “We are really thrilled that Simon is joining the orchestra as leader. He is an enormously talented musician and has established a wonderful rapport with the players. We are delighted to be working with him as we launch a new and exciting phase of development for the LMP as the UK’s first player-managed chamber orchestra.”
Simon launches his new role with the LMP in performances with international soloist, Tasmin Little, in October 2014.

http://www.simonblendis.com/

Our concert on November 13th with City Of London Choir in St John’s Smith Square

The LMP has been invited to accompany the City Of London Choir conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton in a programme entitled “Music in Time Of War”

Finzi – Requiem da Camera

Haydn – Missa in Tempore Belli

Tippett – Five Spirituals (from A Child Of Our Time)

Butterworth – The Banks of Green Willow

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Louise Honeyman – Recollections from Margaret Archibald

Personal Recollections of Louise Honeyman

The ‘phone rang. “Is that Margaret Archibald?” “Speaking.” “It’s Louise Honeyman; are you free on…” Just one more musician fixed for a date, but for me this was the beginning of a professional and personal relationship that was quite literally to change my life.

It was Louise who booked me near the start of my career for the Thames Chamber Orchestra and the English Symphony Orchestra, often playing for choral societies; it was Louise who seized on my enthusiasm for the C clarinet, asked if I was interested in authentic performance and launched me on my career as a period instrument player with my first date a Prom with the Academy of Ancient Music; it was Louise who helped me make the arrangements to have a babysitter with me on the flights and in the hotels when I took my four-and-a-half month old baby to Toulouse, Paris and Geneva; it was Louise who facilitated the arrangements when Lina Lalandi needed my seven year old son to be a Prince on stage for Gluck’s Alceste in Monaco; it was Louise who invited me to be sub- Principal clarinet of the London Mozart Players under Jane Glover and who told the wind players that she wanted us to form a wind chamber ensemble because she thought we deserved it. Finally, for me most life-changing of all, it was Louise who invited me to set up the “first year” of education and community work when the LMP became resident orchestra in Croydon, setting me on a course that saw me obsessively run the orchestra’s education work for the next 21 years.

Louise was more than just a fixer, she was a friend, a counsellor in times of trouble, always there to talk through a problem whether professional or personal. She would fight her corner but equally would listen to another point of view. She was a woman with a mission, and if this meant sacrificing a house and garden in north-west London for a tiny attic flat above the office in Croydon, this was something she cheerfully undertook to do in order to pursue her goal of fostering and building the London Mozart Players. Louise’s devotion to the orchestra was absolute, and she was always at every concert, sitting backstage busy with administrative tasks and ready to deal with any queries, comments, opinions or worries. I remember the anniversary of German re-unification when she bought the entire orchestra lunch in Dresden, following our morning concert there before we set out on another long coach journey to Leipzig for a concert that same evening in the Thomaskirche. On another occasion Louise chartered a plane to get us home from Lyons using an out-of-the-way military airfield somewhere for a late-night flight. She came with us on the ferry to Boulogne for the Menuhin Competition, and on the way home soothed the French customs officials who suffered a complete sense of humour failure when the mother of a young Japanese soloist took flash photos at the border post.

Memories of Louise are inextricably bound up with mental images of David, her partner, with whom she made common cause, building a vibrant community from a disparate group of freelance musicians and showing the way that an orchestra can be embedded in its local community through its outreach work. I was so lucky and honoured to be trusted by Louise to develop the LMP education and community work, and I threw all my personal creativity and energy at the project. At first I referred to Louise for every tiny decision until the day when she said, “Margaret, I haven’t got time to answer all these questions, just sort it out!” I went on “just sorting it out” for more than two decades and gained a wealth of experience, meeting many inspirational people in schools, nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, kids clubs, youth clubs and local authorities, and above all working with many wonderful colleagues who remain my very closest friends and with whom I continue to work now under the banner of my new charity Everyone Matters. Louise is a hard act to follow but I hope I can make even half the contribution that she did.

Margaret Archibald

Come on an International conducting course

Maestro Jorma Panula Conducting Masterclass with the World Famous London Mozart Players

November 26th -29th 2014

This International conducting course has 13 spaces available, and unlimited viewing only participant spaces.

The world famous London Mozart Players is one of the UK’s longest standing Chamber Orchestras containing the highest calibre musicians London has to offer. Each of its members play in all of the other London and UK orchestras not to mention internationally, so this is an ideal opportunity for new conductors to enhance their reputations not only in London but also throughout the UK and Internationally.

The course will comprise of 3 days of workshop allowing 13 students to have 25 minutes of podium time per day. On the 4th day there will be a short top and tail rehearsal for each candidate before giving a public performance showcasing what they have learnt during the course. Maestro Panula and the orchestra will agree the performance repertoire for this concert. Each evening before the concert day Maestro Panula will review the students work that day.

A vast amount of repertoire is available including works by Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Delius and Fauré and many more. A full list a repertoire can be forwarded and every effort will be made to accommodate the candidates’ choices once all the course places have been allocated.

Feed back and constructive comments will also be given from the orchestra members.

FOUR inexpensive rooms are available for accommodation with the possibility of sharing, these will be on a first come first served basis.

As a bonus, one or two exceptionally gifted conductors may be allowed to post material they record online, but only by consent of the orchestra members. No official recording will be made but candidates are welcome to bring their own video cameras / recording devices.

Fees: (to be made by bank transfer in sterling only)

Full time conducting participant £1950 Sterling circa 2460 euros

None conducting viewing only participant £300 Sterling circa 379 euros

Please contact Stacey Watton if you would like to participate. You will need to send a covering letter including your CV, Biography and Photo along with video footage of you conducting in performance and rehearsal. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact:
Stacey Watton Bmus (Hons) LGSM staceywattonconductor@gmail.com www.staceywatton.com
mobile: 0044 7811 373 415

Children learn about the war

LOOKING BACK: Children from Ecclebourne Primary School and music teacher Tim Sporerer with a log book from when pupils were evacuated from the school’s former buildings to make way for a war hospital. The book is on display at Croydon Museum”

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Croydon School Artwork Competition

Help us to mark the WW1 centenary with the community of Croydon

As part of our commemorative concert on 14th November at Fairfield Halls, we are inviting schools across the borough to produce one piece of artwork inspired by the words ‘For an Unknown Soldier’ to enter an art competition. The three best pieces of work as judged by independent judges will be displayed at The Croydon Clocktower, Katherine Street.

For more information contact Jenny Brady at the LMP office, telephone: 020 8686 1996, or email: info@lmp.org
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London Premiere – November 14

This event is expected to sell out. Tickets from £12.

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The London Mozart Players are proud to announce their special concert at Fairfield Halls to mark the centenary of WW1 on Friday 14th November at 7.30pm.

This concert is the culmination of a far-reaching community project funded jointly by the Arts Council of Great Britain, Croydon Council and Portsmouth Grammar School.

The project has touched the community of Croydon on many levels with the formation of four junior school choirs performing alongside Whitgift School, Croydon Minster and Portsmouth Grammar School choirs in the London premiere of For an Unknown Solider written by the renowned composer Jonathan Dove.

Riddlesdown Collegiate will curate a WW1 commemoration exhibition to be displayed in the foyer on 14th November created from their trip to the First World War, Stories of Croydon exhibition at the Museum of Croydon, memorabilia collected from the residents of Croydon and their written responses to these artefacts.

All schools in Croydon have been invited to produce artwork to mark WW1 that will be displayed that evening in the Fairfield Halls.

We will be joined in the concert by young instrumentalists from Croydon Music and Arts who will play side by side with the LMP. Flautist Emma Halnan, the Croydon Festival winner 2013, will also perform a concerto with us.

We invite you all to join us with the community of Croydon to mark the WW1 Centenary.

Friday November 14th 2014, Fairfield Halls, Croydon at 7.30pm

 

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LMP Plays for “Strictly” Star

The LMP have been asked to play for a charity event for Kristina Rihanoff – professional dancer from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. The event will be at the Mansion House and those in attendance will include the Prime Minister.

Kristina was the ‘Strictly’ professional partner of John Sergeant (2008), Jason Donovan (2011), and James Bond actors Goldie (2010) and Colin Salmon (2012).

Fairfield 25 Years Celebration

The photo is of the cake that Julia Desbruslais made and beautifully decorated with the new LMP logo.

 

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Without the support from the Friends, the LMP would be unable to continue to present concerts and develop its award-winning Education and Community Programme. Your donation will assist the orchestra to achieve the highest levels of artistic excellence and help us to maintain our position as one of the premier chamber orchestras.

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The annual subscription for a Friend is £40 for single membership and £60 for couple membership. Renewals take place in September, we offer a pro-rata subscription. We are very grateful to the Friends for their continuous support.

For more information on how you may become more involved with the LMP please contact Peter Wright at (peter@lmp.org), Nick Mallett (nick@lmp.org) or Jenny Brady (info@lmp.org) or Tel: 020 8686 1996.

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LMP Beijing May 2014

London Mozart Players: the ultimate comeback kids. Telegraph

Against all odds the London Mozart Players are still fighting fit, says Ivan Hewett. May 28th 2014

This week the London Mozart Players will prove that they really are the comeback kids of the orchestral world. Twice in recent years this fine chamber orchestra has threatened to disappear. The first time was in 2011, when it lost its Arts Council grant. The second was earlier this year, when Croydon Council pulled the plug on its very generous annual grant, after 24 years of support.

But it’s still with us, and on May 28 the LMP will be giving a concert with star guest soloist Angela Hewitt in St John’s Smith Square, repeated the following day at Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

The LMP has managed to pull back from the brink by practising what in America comes as second nature: self-help, and calling on a little help from friends. The orchestra has become a self-governing entity, with the players themselves acting as the orchestra’s agent, manager and PR. A few months back Vernon Ellis, chairman of the British Council and patron of English National Opera, hosted a fund-raising concert for the orchestra at his house. That and some energetic proselytising by the players has raised just under £100,000. A number of eminent musicians associated with the orchestra have given their services for free, including pianist Howard Shelley, conductor Hilary Davan Wetton, violinist Tasmin Little, and the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012, cellist Laura van der Heijden. These two concerts this week are a way of saying we’re still here and we mean business.

I’m glad they’re still here, because for me and many other classical music lovers the LMP is part of this country’s musical furniture. The orchestra was founded in 1949, which makes it the oldest chamber orchestra in Britain, and was led right up to the early 1980s by its founder Harry Blech. I saw him as a student in the latter part of his reign, and remember thinking he seemed as old as the hills. He strode stiffly up to the podium and conducted with a no-nonsense sturdy technique, as if he was kneading dough.

Since then Jane Glover, Matthias Bamert and Andrew Parrott have all taken on the role of MD. I remember the Bamert years especially well, as the orchestra’s programming was particularly lively, with a steady flow of commissioned works. Since 2010 the gifted South African-born conductor Gerard Korsten, whom the players clearly warm to, has taken the lead.

So what next? There are several steps the Players are taking to survive in the medium term, such as reviving their connection with Croydon’s Fairfield Halls. This has the best acoustics in Greater London, and the orchestra has a history of residency there stretching back 24 years. The orchestra also has a long-standing relationship with Portsmouth Grammar School, which has involved commissiong a string of new works, and also burgeoned outwards into the local community. There are plans to transplant the fruits of this back into the orchestra’s original Croydon base.

This combination of artistic enterprise with grass-roots involvement gives a model of how the orchestra might prosper in the long term. Bringing this off won’t be easy. Like the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the LMP has had some of its shine taken off by the rise of “period” bands such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. At the other end of the historical spectrum are those groups which have pulled the chamber orchestra into the modern era, such as the Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Ensemble.

The signs are that the LMP is learning a few tricks from these upstarts. There are plans to build relationships with starry musicians to act as soloists and directors for particular projects, as the Britten Sinfonia does so cleverly. There’s also a sense among these younger orchestras that rooting what they do in a particular place and time is the key to success, as much as artistic quality. For example, rather than just commissioning a composer to write a piece, you link it to something specific about the moment. The LMP has tried this already with its Portsmouth commissions, where each year the new piece has been linked to the theme of Remembrance Day (a particularly emotive topic in a naval city).

This shows the LMP is serious about reinventing itself. On the other hand, there is the accumulated loyalty and affection, among both audiences and musicians, for what the LMP has always been. And of course there’s the inherited treasure of the orchestra’s core repertoire. Mozart and Haydn’s symphonies and concertos will always be great music, and there will always be an appetite for them.

The difficulty is that these different aspects of the orchestra’s identity pull in different directions. The trick over the coming months and years will be to manage that tension, so that past and present knit together in a way that makes sense. It’s a more than worthy enterprise, and we should wish them well with it.

Hong Kong Airport

LMP Daily update on China trip – Peter Wright

Late night eating in Wuhan

Late night eating in Wuhan

 

Full blog and photos. www.lmporchestra.wordpress.com

 

May19th/20th

Following a short rehearsal in London we all got on a coach and arrived at Heathrow 4 hours early.

Lots of time for shopping, eating and drink. Flight left on time.

Smooth 12 hour flight and landed bang on time but in a severe storm. We weren’t allowed to disembark because of the danger of lightning strike on the gangway!

The onward flight was then delayed due to bad weather and we landed at Wuhan about 9pm. There was an air conditioned limousine waiting – not of us but – for Gerard who whisked away into the night. We got onto one of 2 coaches (not sure why as there are only 27 of us) for the interesting hour long journey to the hotel. The 2 drivers raced each other through the busy streets both determined to get us to the hotel first but risking none of us arriving at all! En route some interesting sights of young girls dressed up in short skirts, high heals and lip stick but on what looked like a hair dryer purporting to be a motorbike with no lights and not wearing crash helmets!

We finally arrived at our luxurious hotel, about 11pm, after nearly 24 hours travelling. Then, after finding our rooms on the 23rd floor, it was off to eat, back for a drink, catch up on emails and bed.

May 21st

I woke at 5am. 1st problem to sort. The British council had emailed to say they were delighted to inform me that they had invited 20 people to use the 20 complimentary tickets I had promised for our Shanghai concert. The problem was that a) we had actually been allocated only 8 tickets and b) I had already promised 4 of them to someone else. Great. So it’s looking like my day off will be busy sorting that little problem. However, another email was a request from Kristina Rihanoff (strictly come dancing) to quote for providing musicians for an event in September.

Another email. The British council want to bring 14 people to the Beijing concert.

Enough for now. Back to sleep.

Awake again.

Our ‘free day’ to recover.  News that Beijing has ‘sold out’ (2000 tickets).  Amazing breakfast in the hotel. Noodles, Dim Sum etc etc. Then Paul, Scott and I took a taxi into town. We thought that last night’s coach was scary but this was something else. No seat belts, no signals, mains roads shared by lorries, cars, push bikes, pedestrians and chickens. Very smoggy and raining. Not hugely interesting.  Back to hotel. Practise and then a managing group meeting at 6.30pm

Now just heard that Shanghai only have 8 seats unsold and Wuhan is also a sell out. Everyone loves the LMP out here. Are there any Chinese people who might like to come to Croydon next Thursday 29th?

David Wilson and Gerard went to the hall and met with Sa Chen – the soloist. In the evening the management group went to the most astonishing restaurant. Not one person spoke a word of English and I’m not sure they had EVER had a westerner in their restaurant.  But they had wifi! We linked to “google translate” and typed in “spicy chicken” “spicy pork”  “spicy noodles” and out popped the Chinese translation. The waiters had never seen anything like it and ran to the kitchen shouting Instructions.

A word of warning. DON’T use the word spicy unless  you like mountains of red and green fresh chillies.

Downtown Wuhan

Downtown Wuhan

 

May 22nd

4.22am. Can’t sleep. Jet lag. Concert tonight as well.

First concert tonight. Amazing audience. The soloist had to do 2 encores and we did the whole of the last movement of the Jupiter symphony as our encore. Stats for audience. 90% under 30 years old! Everyone played brilliantly. I did a speech at the beginning of the concert with a translator by my side. After the concert back to hotel and a drink and now bed. It’s 12.21am and the coach leaves for the airport at 6.50am. That’s the schedule every day now. 6.30am coach, flight, rehearsal, concert, hotel by 11pm the coach at 6.30am!

Wuhan concert hall

Wuhan concert hall

 

May 23rd. Wuhan – Shanghai

Travel via plane to Shanghai. Very hot and humid. Short walk to concert hall. Apparently Putin had been there the day before. We found a restaurant in the Lonely planet but didn’t choose the Bullfrog! I had invited representatives from the British Council back to the hotel bar after the concert. I left the concert hall in a hurry to ensure I arrived at the hotel before they did only to find the bar full of “ladies of the night”. I quickly rang the BC and changed the venue. Phew!

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May 24th Shanghai – Beijing

Travel to Shanghai station and bullet train for 5 hours to Beijing. 298kmh. Paul and I thought we’d managed a cheeky upgrade for £9.70 only to find that was only an upgrade for one stop! So we had to sneak back to our original seats. Check into hotel and we had 20 mins before coach to concert hall. Astonishing hall. Completely sold out. Met representatives and guests of British Council then back to hotel, drink and bed.

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May 25th Beijing – Guangzhou

5.45am onto the coach to the airport. 3 hour flight to Guangzhou (it’s as far as London to Moscow).

Check into hotel and 3 hours before rehearsal. Had a noodles in a local tiny restaurant Followed by a sleep. Then to the hall. It’s VERY hot and sticky here. Wonderful hall and loads of children in the audience.

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The audience were totally thrilled and afterwards about 30 of them wanted photos taken with me and Scott.

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Then back to the hotel where Gerard bought everyone drinks. Our Chinese soloist Chen Sa joined us. We ate and drank until 1.30am. Then emails to sort until 2.30am and sleep. Up at 6am.

May 26th. Guangzhou – Hong Kong – London

Incredibly unhelpful coach driver refused to put the luggage on the bus so David Wilson got inside the underneath of the coach and did it himself. Then the driver had to reverse his coach out of the car park onto a busy road then drove erratically to the airport.

We have now checked in and having coffee before 16 hours flying back to London!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LMP START Project: Carnival of the Endangered Animals let loose in Croydon

LMP START Project: Carnival of the Endangered Animals let loose in Croydon!
Over 500 young people across the London borough of Croydon presented a brand new work developed Read more

Piano Concert – half the ticket price comes to the LMP

Dear Friends and supporters,

One of the new collaborations we are working on may include booking new upcoming young artists. One or more of the pianists playing in this concert could be invited to play with us. You can go and get a “preview”. We have been offered an exclusive deal on this concert. If you buy a £20 ticket then the LMP will receive £10 of the ticket price as a donation.

The number of tickets available is limited so if your are interested then please respond as soon as possible.

Cadogan Hall on 11th June 2014 at 7.30pm. PIANOWORKS features four brilliant pianists at the outset of their careers from the UK, Turkey, UAE & India. All have been studying on scholarships at our excellent Royal Colleges. 
 
We are keen to engage with LMP friends and audiences on a journey exploring the next generation of outstanding pianists who might have a role to play with the LMP as future Pianists who could direct from the keyboard. This concert offers us just such an opportunity.
 
The concert would also be a wonderful opportunity for LMP players to meet you off the platform and join you as fellow audience members. The Music Entrepreneur Mark Stephenson, who the LMP is working closely with on the future development of the LMP, is the Artistic Director of PIANOWORKS and Vladimir Ashkenazy is the Patron, who of course appeared as a soloist with the LMP during the early Harry Blech days. 
 
Other guests attending include Dame Vivienne Westwood, who’s celebrity fitter is providing concert dress for the pianist Grace Francis, His Excellencies The Ambassadors from Albania, Turkey, UAE and the Deputy High Commissioner of India. 
 
Organisers of the concert are distributing complimentary tickets to other key sectors including the Press & Media, Publishing & Recording Industry and they are encouraging as many young people and students to attend the concert as possible. 
 
A link to their website is below. We hope very much you will be free for this event

Please contact Peter Wright as soon as possible if you are interested.

peter@lmp.org