After launching an appeal to raise £100,000 for our birthday year, we’ve already hit the £75k mark. We’d like to say a massive thank you to all those who have donated so far – your generosity has made this season of exciting concerts and projects possible.
Our 2018/19 Birthday season started with a dramatic opening, as LMP members arrived on the number 70 Routemaster bus for a concert performance on the concourse at St Pancras Intl featuring Howard Shelley. Our lunchtime concert series Piano Explored at St John’s Smith Square is now well underway with one more performance before Christmas – the next Piano Explored concert (Wednesday 12th Dec) will feature a performance of Mozart’s ravishing Sinfonia Concertante by Leader Simon Blendis and Principal Viola Judith Busbridge. We’ve also performed at our resident venue St John the Evangelist with Radu Kis (teenage finalist of Hungary’s prestigious Virtuosos 2017 classical music competition) for our season launch, and film score aficionado & conductor Ben Palmer for Sounds of the Silver Screen. In December the orchestra will be performing twice at St John the Evangelist: Four Cellos – a free coffee concert on Saturday 1st December (made possible by the generous support of the LMP Friend’s network), and Deck the Halls – our Christmas extravaganza on Friday 14th December, a concert in aid of the charity Crisis.
For the full list of upcoming concerts, please visit our What’s On page. Alternatively, donate to our appeal and help us reach £100k by Christmas – Donations of any size are greatly appreciated!
To coincide with our 70th Birthday season launch, we launched an appeal to raise £100,000 to support the orchestra during its 70th anniversary season and beyond.
In just over two weeks, we’ve already received generous donations from our friends and supporters amounting to 35% of our target. Donations during our 70th year will be instrumental in extending the reach of our education and community initiatives, and also allow us to embark on an exciting year of music making.
Find out more about our what’s on during our birthday season, or alternatively donate to our appeal and help us reach our target goal in record time – Donations of any size are greatly appreciated!
If you are in London on the afternoon of Tuesday 25th September then do come along to St Pancras International Station at 3.30pm where London Mozart Players will be giving a FREE concert near the Eurostar Departure zone. We’ll be celebrating St Pancras’s 150th and the LMP’s 70th birthdays with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto 21 in C K.467, with our Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley playing the station’s ‘Elton John’ Yamaha piano alongside the orchestra.
This is a joint promotion with Classic FM who will be livesteaming on their Facebook page.
The LMP has launched it’s 70th anniversary year with a wonderful concert at its home in Upper Norwood, the church of St John the Evangelist, featuring the UK debut of acclaimed young violinist Radu Kis. This is the first concert in a packed 2018/19 season that will see the UK’s longest established orchestra perform in some of London’s most prestigious concert halls such as St John’s Smith Square, the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall. The LMP will also perform at a gala concert in June to mark the re-opening of Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, in the presence of their patron HRH The Earl of Wessex. The orchestra will also perform a season at SJUN in Upper Norwood, and appear in concert halls and some unusual venues around the country and abroad. All the concerts can be seen on the 70th Birthday page.
To mark the 70th birthday, the LMP will be using a brand new logo for the season.
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.
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: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/best-top-classical-concerts-january-2018-review/
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.
The London Mozart Players are inviting young trebles, both male and female from the borough of Croydon to audition to perform Howard Blake’s ‘Walking in the Air’ and the opening unaccompanied verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. The winning treble will perform in the LMP’s Christmas concert at St John’s Upper Norwood on 15th December.
All applicants will be auditioned by a panel from the LMP and Adrian Adams, Director of Music at St John’s Upper Norwood. These will take place at St John the Evangelist, Sylvan Road during the week of 27th November. Applicants should prepare ‘Walking in the Air’ from the Snowman and the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. Piano accompaniment will be available.
If you require a copy of either ‘Walking in the Air’ or ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ please contact the Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send applicant’s details: Full Name/Age/School/Contact Email & Name
• by email to Jenny Brady (email@example.com); or
• by post to LMP at St John’s, St John the Evangelist, Sylvan Road, Upper Norwood London SE19 2RX
And please also indicate which days you would be available for audition:
Wednesday 29th November 4pm-6pm
Thursday 30th November 4pm-6pm
Deadline for application is Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and audition times will be confirmed by Friday 24th November. Please contact Jenny Brady firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8686 1996 for any enquiries.
We’re thrilled and delighted to have been awarded the Cultural Impact Award at Croydon Business Excellence Awards for our ‘LMP on the Move’ series. This new award, sponsored by the Rise Gallery, reflects our commitment to widen audiences for classical music – particularly among young people and non-traditional classical audiences.
Through the LMP on the Move series we have been able to develop new partnerships and discover new venues for classical music in Croydon and this has enabled us to reinvigorate awareness of the LMP within Croydon (while the Fairfield Halls undergoes a facelift) and attract an audience that really reflects all the borough’s communities.
We have been on an amazing journey, met and played with some fantastic young musicians and even surprised ourselves with the diversity of venues, audience and music. This award really is the icing on the cake. Huge thanks to our partners and collaborators and of course to our supporters and audiences!
Arts Council England | Croydon Council | Regent Land & Development | Centronic | Croydon Music & Arts | Coulsdon College | St Nicholas School | Matthews Yard | Rooftop Cinema/Lost Format Society | Croydon Libraries | Boxpark Croydon | St John’s, Upper Norwood | Fiona Brice | Ben Palmer | Paul Patterson | Rebecca Kenny| Sheku Kanneh-Mason | Shift K3Y
Join us on Saturday 21 October 1.30-3.30pm at Christ Church Gipsy Hill, 1 Highland Road SE19 1DP for an celebratory afternoon consisting of:
• Afternoon tea
• Art activities and exhibition
• Live music including the London Mozart Players
It’s FREE – everyone’s welcome!
What is Compassionate Neighbours? It’s a growing network of trained volunteers offering their time, companionship and support to people around them living with a chronic or terminal illness or experiencing loneliness or social isolation. For more information contact Steph Turner, Community Participation Lead, at CN@stchristophers.org.uk or 07867 556472.
Join us in the evening as well for our launch concert at St John’s in association with St Christopher’s Hospice and Compassionate Neighbours.
Our brand new recording of Mozart’s Requiem with Malcolm Archer and Winchester College Chapel Choir has been released today! Recorded back in Summer 2016 in Winchester College’s stunning New Hall, we’re delighted with the final product, and sure you will be impressed too.
‘A cornerstone of choral repertoire, Mozart’s Requiem has been performed and recorded by many leading artists. This performance conducted by Malcolm Archer with Winchester College Chapel Choir, London Mozart Players, and soloists Sarah Fox, Diana Moore, John Mark Ainsley & Ashley Riches delivers a compelling performance: combining the thrilling clarity of Winchester College choir, a star studded line up of soloists and the integrity of the countries longest established orchestra in Süssmayr’s completion of the work.’
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