GET IN to Classical Music - Concert Series launch Autumn 2013
Think that Classical Music isn’t for you? Worried you’ll clap in the wrong place? Love music but not sure whether you like it classical? LMP’s GET IN concerts launch at Fairfield Halls in Autumn 2013, with two one hour-long concerts that explore classical masterpieces by Mozart and Vaughan Williams in an informal setting. More details on GET IN!
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 in recent weeks with LMP clarinettist and workshop leader Anthony Bailey. Funded by The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts, the project culminated in the children performing 'Carnival of the Endangered Animals' at Fairfield Halls on Thursday 23 May. Read our blog about the project from the coal-face from ace intern and community music expert Jenny Brady, here! LMP in Primary schools and watch our video of how the project developed!
London Mozart Players launches 2013/14 season at Fairfield Halls, Croydon featuring a host of internationally acclaimed artists and conductors
The London Mozart Players, Croydon’s resident orchestra, announces its 2013/14 season at historic concert venue Fairfield Halls. Local connections and celebrations, the music of the British Isles and a new concert platform for young artists alongside leading established international soloists are presented under the excellent leadership of Music Director Gérard Korsten.
·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 the50th anniversary of Poulenc’s death in 2013.
·Celebrated Symphonies and Concerti, including:
oHaydn’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
oMozart’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..