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.
London Mozart Players is delighted to announce the appointment of Fiona Brice as Collaborative Composer in Association. Fiona, one of the UK’s most exciting and accomplished composers/arrangers/performers, has already collaborated with the LMP on many innovative and stimulating projects.
Known for her partnerships with John Grant, Anna Calvi and Placebo, Fiona’s recent work with the LMP includes arrangements for music sets by young artists in the LMP’s home borough of Croydon. These include a programme for DJ artist and producer Shift K3Y alongside LMP at Croydon’s Box Park, arrangements of music by British singer-songwriter Arjun for his performance with LMP at both the London and Croydon Melas, and more recently a collaboration with Afrobeat artist Silvastone with LMP for the Pride Festival. In April, a quartet from the LMP will be performing alongside Subrang Arts Dancers – a collective of Indian musicians and dancers at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, for which Fiona has arranged and orchestrated new compositions from the Indian musical tradition alongside music from the Western classical repertoire, bringing together musicians from both cultures in a truly exciting project.
Julia Desbruslais, Executive Director at LMP commented: ‘I could not be more thrilled that Fiona has come on board as our Collaborative Composer in Association. As well as being an extraordinary musician she is simply buzzing with ideas on how we can work with talent from across the musical spectrum. She is completely aligned with the LMP’s commitment to take music to new and unusual places and to ensure that there are no barriers to enjoying live classical music. I am so looking forward to working closely with her.’
LMP is intending many future projects with Fiona. She is an incredible talent and a trailblazer who is shaking up the classical music world with her stimulating and collaborative approach.
Fiona Brice – Biography
Fiona Brice is a British composer, arranger and performer (violin, piano, voice). She received her classical training at Kings College London and the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Silvena Milstein and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. She is known for her innovative orchestral arrangements, collaborating with orchestras to create exciting live concerts, studio albums and TV & radio broadcasts.
She has been commissioned by the London Mozart Players, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (BBC Proms), Royal Northern Sinfonia, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg to orchestrate large-scale concert performances for a diverse collection of renowned artists including John Grant, Roy Harper, Anna Calvi, Sharon van Etten, Ezra Furman, Florence & the Machine, Jarvis Cocker, Placebo, Will Young, Silvastone and Arjun. Her work has been performed in the UK’s major concert halls (Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican London, Liverpool Philharmonic, Colston Hall Bristol) and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music and MTV Unplugged.
Solo releases include “Scissors Paper Stone” (Thesis Drive Project USA 2019, featured by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC6 Music), “String Quartet No.1” (2018 Bigo & Twigetti, performed by Brother Tree Sound) aired on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction, and albums “Postcards From” and “Postcards Reframed” (Bella Union 2016). A 3-movement piece “Relationships for String Ensemble” received its world premiere in 2017 by the London Mozart Players.
As a session violinist she performs, records and tours with many high profile artists including those mentioned above, in addition to performing and touring her own music. In 2019 Fiona became an industry mentor for the ‘Musicians Union x she.grows’ scheme, and has taught workshops in composition, arrangement and performance at Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh Young Musicians), Sage Gateshead (Summer Studio sessions) and Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT). She also writes music for short films and documentaries.
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