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 20thcentury, 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/pianistHoward Shelley and “rock star equivalent in the classical world” (The Australian) violinistAnthony Marwood.
- New relationships are established with bright young soloists. BBC Young Musiciancompetition 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:
- 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
- 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.
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