During the Covid-19 pandemic, live entertainment for our most vulnerable communities had to be put on hold. To help fill this gap, we are very excited to announce the launch of LMP Reach, a community initiative that sees the London Mozart Players take music, digitally, into these spaces. Members of the orchestra are filming a series of recitals specifically curated for those living in care homes or at home with carers, those living with dementia, or people in vulnerable groups who may not otherwise have access to community concerts and events.
Each LMP Reach recital will be performed by two LMP members (different players and instruments for each concert), and the 30-minute programmes will encompass music from Bach to Bernstein and everything in between! Wartime favourites, musical theatre standards and popular classical gems will be presented, and access will be offered to care homes, hubs, and centres across the borough of Croydon and further afield.
The concerts are free to access via a password-protected Vimeo link, with a new concert broadcast every two weeks, and we are asking care homes who use this service to entertain their residents (and concerts can be accessed as many times as required) to consider a donation of £10-20 per concert. This is the LMP’s way to give back to the community and build an on-going relationship with those most in need.
The first of these performances launched in July. Information and to find out how to access this service can be found here.
Now more than ever, people need to feel connected to their community. By joining the nation in the London Marathon-inspired 2.6 Challenge, you can help the London Mozart Players continue inspiring, connecting to and resonating with our local communities in Croydon and around London, giving as many people as possible access to the joy and creativity of classical music.
Exactly how you take part is up to you – simply think of an activity based on the number 2.6 or 26, and encourage your friends and family to make a donation. Whether you’re running 2.6 miles around your garden, icing 26 cakes or hopping on one leg for 26 minutes, we need your support! You can complete your challenge any time from Sunday 26 April – the only rule is to make sure the activity follows the Government guidelines on social distancing and how to exercise safely during this time.
Once you’ve decided how you would like to take part, visit the LMP 2.6 Challenge Charity Page and click ‘Fundraise’ to create a fundraising page for friends and family to sponsor you, or click ‘Donate’ to donate to the LMP directly. We’d also love to receive videos of you and your team doing any challenges that you come up with.
For more ideas, check out some of the Players’ completing their challenges: