Jonathan Dove, one of the UK’s top contemporary composers, and winner of an Ivor Novello Award, will be writing a new cantata to be performed by the London Mozart Players as part of Croydon’s First World War Centenary commemorations next year. Dove will be exploring the theme of Remembrance and its resonance for today’s audience in a commission made possible by a grant from the PRS for Music Foundation.
Jonathan Dove was approached for this project on account of both his artistic excellence and his experience in delivering community-based projects. Previous work includes three community operas for Glyndebourne, three works for the London Borough of Hackney and the award-winning cantata On Spital Fields (2005) for the Spitalfields Festival.
The piece will have two performances: in Portsmouth Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday and at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, where LMP is the resident orchestra. In both locations, the concert will be the culmination of a year-long learning and participation programme aimed at engaging a wide cross-section of each community, particularly primary schools and community choirs, many of whom will participate in Jonathan Dove’s piece alongside the LMP.
Further support for the project will also be provided by Arts Council England and Croydon Council.
London Mozart Players gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation.