London Mozart Players launches 2013/14 season at Fairfield Halls, Croydon featuring a host of internationally acclaimed artists and conductors
· Two celebration concerts to mark the 70th anniversary of the LMP’s Associate Conductor Hilary Davan Wetton, celebrating the best repertoire of the British Isles from the early 20th century, also reflected in programmes across the season.
· Music Director Gérard Korsten conducts four beautifully crafted programmes, and the welcome return of regular guest artists to continue long-time collaboration – leading UK conductor/pianist Howard Shelley and “rock star equivalent in the classical world” (The Australian) violinist Anthony Marwood.
· New relationships are established with bright young soloists. BBC Young Musician competition winners clarinettist Mark Simpson and the most recent winner Laura van der Heijden, who makes her debut public performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, perform for with the LMP for the first time.
· A season-long focus on the cornerstones of piano repertoire, with internationally acclaimed soloist Angela Hewitt who makes her first ever performance with the orchestra at Fairfield Halls / Two programmes from Howard Shelley including an unusual, thought-provoking Poulenc and Haydn programme inspired by the 50th anniversary of Poulenc’s death in 2013.
· Celebrated Symphonies and Concerti, including:
o Haydn’s London Symphony, Dvořák’s New World Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5, and Mendelssohn’s rarely heard ‘Reformation’ Symphony
o Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, plus two favourite Mozart piano concerti from Howard Shelley (No. 25) and Angela Hewitt (No. 17).
· A programme centred on two famously stunning twentieth century song-settings with leading British soprano Claire Rutter – Strauss’s masterpiece the Four Last Songs, and Butterworth’s rich and elegiac orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad.
· The return of the hugely popular Family-Friendly Christmas concert – film and live soundtrack of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman.
· Crystal Palace Premieres: Schubert’s 1st and 2nd Symphonies reflect the rich musical legacy of South London continued by the LMP today. The Crystal Palace, destroyed by fire in 1936 was once the centre of ‘contemporary’ music, home to numerous world premieres by Schubert (including Symphonies 1 & 2). It established itself as the UK’s most important single location for music-making – for almost fifty years the orchestral concerts and choral festivals set new standards and introduced new music unparalleled anywhere in its time.
London Mozart Players showcase Dubzart at New Years Day Parade
Croydon's entry in the New Years Day Parade, London.
The LMP combined with a Dubstep DJ at the New Years Day Parade.
A quintet of brass players from Croydon’s London Mozart Players and DJ Toby Harrison joined forces to produce some Dubzart, a mix of Mozart and dubstep. The New Years Day parade, now in its 27th year, was televised across the continents to more than 500 TV stations. Croydon’s entry, named Connecting Cultures, aimed to celebrate the diversity of the town. More than 500,000 spectators packed the 2.2mile route through the West End of London. More..
FAIRFIELD AT 50 - GALA CONCERT 2 NOVEMBER!
Fairfield Halls, Croydon celebrated its rich fifty-year history on 2012 2 November with a concert featuring Surrey-born Violin superstar Chloë Hanslip. Concert information.
SOUTH HOLLAND SYMPHONY: LOCAL LANDSCAPES INSPIRES LMP'S LATEST COMMUNITY PROJECT
FOUR WORLD SEASONS: WORLD PREMIERE FOR LMP ASSOCIATE COMPOSER ROXANNA PANFUNIK AT BBC MUSIC NATION FOR THE LONDON 2012 CULTURAL OLYMPIAD
The LMP’s newly appointed Associate Composer, Roxanna Panufnik, introduces us to her most recent work, Four World Seasons which received its world premiere run over the weekend of 2/3 March, conducted by LMP Music Director Gerard Korsten. Four World Seasons, performed at The Anvil, Basingstoke on 2 March, before being performed again at Fairfield Halls, Croydon on 3 March, formed part of the Cultural Olympiad's Music Nation weekend. It featured acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little, with whom Panufnik has a long-standing creative partnership.
Panufnik writes "In early 2008, the violinist Tasmin Little rang me to ask whether I’d write a series of short pieces for her, accompanied by chamber orchestra. Considering a world where global concern for climate change and seismic shifts in international political landscapes affect us all, we decided to take Antonio Vivaldi’s much-loved 1725 Four Seasons and give the concept a 21st-century twist, creating an entirely new work with each season (lasting approximately 5 minutes) influenced by a country that has become culturally associated with it." Spring in Japan, an Indian Summer, Autumn in Albania and a Tibetan Winter form the music in this celebration of music across the world, reflecting the many cultures descending on London for the 2012 Games.
UPDATE: LMP APPEAL HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL!
The LMP is delighted to announce that its appeal to raise £50,000 by the end of July to keep the orchestra in business is on course to succeed. The response from the people of Croydon and around the country has been huge and has shown that the LMP is a valued organisation by many. Read the full press release here.
NEW LEADERS FOR THE LMP
Following the departure of David Juritz last year, the LMP is delighted to announce the appointment of Marieke Blankestijn and Susanna Candlin as Leaders of the orchestra. Currently Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Marieke is also principal guest leader with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and frequently appears as guest leader with the English Chamber, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras. Susanna has been Co-leader of the LMP for many years and will now work alongside Marieke as Leader.
LMP ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
After more than 60 years the London Mozart Players announces that it is today launching a campaign to secure its future.
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For more information, please contact Simon Funnell, Managing Director, on 020 8686 1996 or email email@example.com
LMP ANNOUNCE ROXANNA PANUFNIK AS ASSOCIATE COMPOSER
The LMP is delighted to announce the appointment of Roxanna Panufnik as its first Associate Composer.
Roxanna is perhaps better known for her choral writing but has an extensive catalogue of orchestral pieces, many of which are still to receive UK premieres. Her three year tenure, which begins in 2012, will include opportunities to hear some of these works as well as at least one new commission each year.
Roxanna will be closely involved with our local education and community work and several recordings are also in the pipeline.
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NEW CD RELEASE: HARRY BLECH, THE COMPLETE HMV STEREO RECORDINGS, VOL. 2
The second volume in the series of recordings of the complete HMV stereo recordings made by the London Mozart Players and Harry Blech. This disc includes newly discovered Abbey Road Studio recordings from 1954 and 1956. All tapes were remastered at Abbey Road using original analogue session & masters. Repertoire featured on this release includes the Symphony No.36, the Piano Concerto No.24 (featuring Louis Kentner at the keyboard) and the twelve Minuets of K568. To order a copy and preview tracks visit www.firsthandrecords.com or purchase at an LMP concert. Explore shop.lmp.org for our full range of recordings.