LMP START Project: Carnival of the Endangered Animals let loose in Croydon

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 Read more

Piano Concert – half the ticket price comes to the LMP

Dear Friends and supporters,

One of the new collaborations we are working on may include booking new upcoming young artists. One or more of the pianists playing in this concert could be invited to play with us. You can go and get a “preview”. We have been offered an exclusive deal on this concert. If you buy a £20 ticket then the LMP will receive £10 of the ticket price as a donation.

The number of tickets available is limited so if your are interested then please respond as soon as possible.

Cadogan Hall on 11th June 2014 at 7.30pm. PIANOWORKS features four brilliant pianists at the outset of their careers from the UK, Turkey, UAE & India. All have been studying on scholarships at our excellent Royal Colleges. 
 
We are keen to engage with LMP friends and audiences on a journey exploring the next generation of outstanding pianists who might have a role to play with the LMP as future Pianists who could direct from the keyboard. This concert offers us just such an opportunity.
 
The concert would also be a wonderful opportunity for LMP players to meet you off the platform and join you as fellow audience members. The Music Entrepreneur Mark Stephenson, who the LMP is working closely with on the future development of the LMP, is the Artistic Director of PIANOWORKS and Vladimir Ashkenazy is the Patron, who of course appeared as a soloist with the LMP during the early Harry Blech days. 
 
Other guests attending include Dame Vivienne Westwood, who’s celebrity fitter is providing concert dress for the pianist Grace Francis, His Excellencies The Ambassadors from Albania, Turkey, UAE and the Deputy High Commissioner of India. 
 
Organisers of the concert are distributing complimentary tickets to other key sectors including the Press & Media, Publishing & Recording Industry and they are encouraging as many young people and students to attend the concert as possible. 
 
A link to their website is below. We hope very much you will be free for this event

Please contact Peter Wright as soon as possible if you are interested.

peter@lmp.org

A day at Surrey Hills Festival – May 3rd

From a Percussionist point of view. – Surrey Hills Festival – Rodion Shchedrin, Bizet Carmen Suite

Preparation.

This will be a very long day!  This is a large and complex piece to organise logistically and the percussion parts have been emailed to the percussion players in advance.  Each of the five players have their own individual part with a long list of instruments they will have to play.  The setup for each player is important – how to position the instruments around themselves to be able move from instrument to instrument in the most intuitive way to play everything that’s been written for them.  A percussion stage plan has been drawn which will undoubtedly change on arrival at the venue!

Between Sarah Stuart and myself we have worked out who is to bring which of the 45 or so separate percussion instruments for this work including 5 timpani, Marimba, Vibraphone, 2 pairs of bongos, tubular bells, 5 tuned tom toms, 3 tuned cow bells, Xylophone and copious toys and stands to put everything on.  The percussion equipment completely fills two vans.

In the morning the vans take an hour to load.  We arrive at the venue over two hours before the rehearsal.  This is the minimum amount of time we will need to unload, build all the instruments and work out how to position all the instruments on the stage.  As we work we realise the 5 timpani will have to go behind the double basses on the lower stage and the percussion will have to be staggered as there is not the room for all the percussionists to be in a line on the higher staging.

With just enough time for fine tuning some of the drums we are ready to play at 2pm.

The rehearsal.

With the curtains soaking up much of the sound the percussion players are finding they are having to play up more than usual. Shchedrin creates subtle textures with the Marimba and Vibraphone and even writes chords on the tubular bells using two players and these are important colours not to be lost.  The piece also really shows off the versatility and virtuosity of the LMP strings.

The Concert.

 The first half is Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat major and Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra.  These pieces demonstrate superbly the LMP’s deftness and lightness of touch, technical skill and world renound chamber skills in accompanying and supporting the soloists and giving them a perfect canvas and the right atmosphere to shine.  The second half is the Shchedrin Carmen Suite and is the perfect piece to showcase the LMP at their electric and exciting best.  After returning to the stage 5 times during the final applause, Daniel Cohen and Guest Leader Ruth Rogers lead the orchestra from the stage and leave the audience wanting more.

Roughly two and a quarter hours after the end of the concert at 00.10 Sarah and I leave; tired but extremely happy at the end of another fantastic day of music making with the London Mozart Players.

Written by Scott Bywater, Principal Percussion and Co-Principal Timpani of the LMP.

Many thanks go to Sarah Stuart for her help, organisational skills and splendid playing as guest Principal Percussion on this concert. 

Gala fundraising concert April 29th

LMP Gala Concert

A hundred or so people were privileged to attend the most delightful gala concert on Tuesday 29 May.  The concert was genially hosted by Sir Vernon Ellis. Sir Vernon is an eminent businessman, chair of the British Council, and famous for his enduring support to music, especially opera, as recognised by his knighthood.  The venue was one of the many stars of the evening; as out host explained, the venue was once a hotel, so the size of the reception area and its resemblance to the salons in which the music of Mozart and many others was originally performed was entirely explicable and appropriate.  Such is Sir Vernon’s love of music that he considers himself self-indulgent rather than generous to host as many as 90 concerts each year.

On what was an unusually warm evening, many guests arrived having survived the inconvenience of the tube strike, to be welcomed in a way which made the cares of the day swiftly dissolve. The LMP indulged their guests in a multi-faceted feast from start to finish.  Even before the main course of music, the guests enjoyed a champagne reception, with canapés and other hors d’oeuvres most of which were prepared by the multi-talented Julia Desbruslais, served generously and charmingly by members of the orchestra and at least one of their offspring.  The reception provided an ample opportunity for mingling with friends old and new.

The concert was wonderful in so many ways.  The programme was beautifully constructed and performed.  Our ears adjusted to the rather intimate acoustic of this venue to the sound of the Magic Flute overture, conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton.  Then we had another glimpse of the prodigious talent of Laura van der Heijden (BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012) performing the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with such apparent ease and finesse as if she’d been doing so far longer than her 17 years.  Tasmin Little followed, backed by the string section, in “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  Such was the intimacy of the occasion that Tasmin took the time before playing to introduce the composer’s markings to the score, which gave some of us, at least, a new perspective on a familiar piece.

Howard Shelley has a great knack of putting the great music he plays into context, as those who manage to attend the pre-concert talks/interviews that are such a feature of LMP concerts well know.  He led the orchestra through two movements of Mozart’s sublime concerto no 21, having explained how this was written in an extraordinarily productive period.

Those who assembled this programme might well have asked themselves “How do you follow that?”  With a nod to Monty Python, perhaps they said “and now for something not completely different”.  Somebody of undoubted genius (£10, please, Peter) but too young to have heard them live (that’s £20, please) claimed to recall the work of the incomparable Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, and in particular their song to the tune of Mozart’s horn concerto.   With great ingenuity (£30) he approached a trumpet student and successful author, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles and commissioned her to produce an updated version, around the theme of the LMP’s parlous financial circumstances.  Such was his persuasiveness (£40), that Cynthia accepted the commission and delivered a masterpiece.

With Messrs Flanders and Swann sadly no longer available, there was simply no choice but to plead, cajole or blackmail Sir Richard Stilgoe to perform the world premiere of this hilarious and linguistically demanding work.  Whatever the measures taken to arrange his cooperation, they worked and the outcome was a masterwork, both in conception and delivery.

Viv Davies, the managing director of the “new” LMP took the opportunity to thank all concerned for their generous contributions to the evening, including Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis, the performers (all of whom had waived their fee) and the audience.  Viv played particular tribute quite rightly to the members of the working group of musicians who are working tirelessly and almost sleeplessly on the various activities necessary to secure and enhance the future of the LMP.  Representing that group, Paul Archibald, Julia Desbruslais and Peter Wright then introduced the main themes of these projects

As if that wasn’t enough, we were all further indulged with a delicious buffet supper, again served by the indefatigable LMP players, but who then had more time to mingle.  It was a real privilege to be able to chat freely with the performers, and the evening came to an end all too soon.

Article by Nick Mallett

Mozart – It speeds up your reactions

Listening to Mozart minuets could speed up your reaction times when working, according to a new study. Researchers from Kyoto and Harvard Universities found people of a range of ages worked more efficiently while listening to the soothing strains of a Mozart minuet.

Participants aged between eight and nine and 65 to 75 were asked to complete a Stroop task, where a word spelling out a colour is presented in a different colour (such as ‘red’ written in blue letters). When listening to Mozart quietly in the background, reaction times were faster and error rates were lower than when listening to no music at all, or listening to a modified version of the piece with introduced errors.

These findings help make the case that music, sometimes thought of as a pleasant byproduct of evolution, may have played an positive role in human evolution, regardless of cultural systems of harmony or pitch. It’s also further evidence of the Mozart effect, which suggests listening to classical music can make you more intelligent.

Click here for the complete article

Wiltshire Music Centre

The LMP performed at this wonderful hall on Friday 25th April 2014. We would like to thank everyone involved at the hall for inviting us to perform. Thanks also to Orchestras Live for their support with this event.

Howard Shelley was conductor and soloist and gave a great performance – as usual. The program included Poulenc Sinfonietta and Aubade (for Piano and 18 instruments). The concert concluded with Haydn Symphony 104  “London”.

Thank you to Sebastian Comberti  and Howard for the pre concert talk. Members of the orchestra met the audience during the interval.

The staff at the hall were so friendly and helpful. They also provided yummy snacks and fruit with Tea during our breaks and made the orchestra feel extremely welcome.

We are really looking forward to re visiting in the future.

Louise Honeyman R.I.P.

Louise Honeyman died on March 19th 2014. Louise was the Managing Director of the LMP during the 80’s and 90’s. She was the first Woman MD of a British Orchestra. Jane Glover was appointed, by Louise, as Artistic Director. In March 1989 she approached Croydon Council and they agreed to make the LMP their resident orchestra. Louise was also responsible for bringing in HRH Prince Edward as the Patron.

Louise was a much loved character and the LMP was her passion right through her retirement. She suffered a severe Stroke on March 15th 2014. Her partner was David Wilson who has been the General Manager of the orchestra since the 80’s. David bravely attended our concert on March 20th accompanied by Louise’s family.

We will all miss Louise tremendously. The concert on March 20th was dedicated to her memory. Our thoughts are with David and Louise’s family.

Press Release February 12th 2014

PRESS RELEASE: 12 February 2014

“A renaissance for the London Mozart Players!”

‘’……….it gives me more joy than I can say to perform and record with them, I am honoured to be their Conductor Laureate” (Howard Shelley)

The London Mozart Players, the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra and considered by many as one of Europe’s finest, is to become self-governing in a bold but characteristically creative move to counter recent funding cuts.

As of May 2014, when the LMP’s current principal conductor, Gérard Korsten, rests the baton at the final concert in their 2013/14 Fairfield Halls series, a core group of orchestral members led by Viv Davies, a former classical musician turned economist with 20 years senior management experience in the non-profit sector, will take up collective responsibility for the management and strategic direction of the orchestra, drawing upon a wealth of professional experience from within the ranks of the LMP.

Current members of the management team include Paul Archibald (Projects), Julia Desbruslais (Education) and Peter Wright (Operations). David Wilson (General Manager), Jenny Brady (Concerts Coordinator) and Martin Sargeson (Orchestral Librarian) will continue to provide crucial administrative, management and logistical support.

In support of the management team will be an impressive and experienced group of player ambassadors, led by Marieke Blankestijn, that will advise on the artistic direction of the LMP.

The LMP’s niche lies in interpretive research and understanding of performance style, but with the advantages of instruments designed for the modern concert hall and audience. Its mission is to perform classical music to the highest standards of excellence and to take music to communities where access to live concerts is limited. The orchestra is also committed to devising workshops for schools and hospitals, creating projects that bring people together and enrich lives through a shared musical experience. New plans and initiatives are now underway as the LMP is set to build exciting new partnerships within these communities.

There is unanimous commitment to ensuring the LMP will continue to occupy an exciting and dynamic position in the musical life of the UK and on the international stage. One of the LMP’s first engagements as a rejuvenated organisation will be a tour of China in May. In the meantime, a gala fundraising concert featuring Howard ShelleyTasmin Little and Laura Van der Heijden will take place on 29 April in Kensington. Discussions are also underway with sponsors for concerts through 2014/15, and for a range of community-based projects in the south-east and around the UK.

This orchestra is one of the jewels in the crown of British music.”(Hilary Davan Wetton)

 

For further information on the LMP and its activities please contact:

Paul Archibald: 07973 731866, paul@lmp.org

Peter Wright: 07831 157618, peter@lmp.org

 

ENDS

 

Sir Richard Stilgoe

We are delighted that Sir Richard has agreed to perform at our Gala fundraising concert on April 29th. You’ll have to come along to find out exactly how he will entertain you. But a re wording of a Flanders and Swan Classic is a clue!

London Mozart Players Go to China

The orchestra is due to fly to China on May 19th to perform 4 concerts with their Principal conductor Gerard Korsten. Cities include Beijing and Shanghai.

LMP Friends – Thank you

The loyal friends of the LMP made donations to help make this new website possible. Also the individual players of the orchestra each contributed £60 each. A big thank you everyone.

Sold Out indeed!

Snapped by David Wilson, our General Manager, at a concert in the district of South Holland. Read more

Howard Shelley returns to ‘St Johns Smith Sq’. & Fairfield Halls

The London Mozart Players are delighted to welcome back acclaimed pianist and director Howard Shelley for the first of three programmes this season. Read more

M & G series at ‘St Johns Smith square’ 2014

The LMP will return to ‘St John’s Smith Square’ in 2014 with concerts from Howard Shelley, Angela Hewitt and Gerard Korsten. Read more

LMP weekend at the grand hotel Eastbourne selling fast

The London Mozart Players’ weekend at the Grand Hotel is now a permanent and popular fixture in the hotel’s calendar. See below for more information about the weekend and how to book… Read more

Fairfield Halls 2013/14 season brochure available online

See below for LMP highlights feature, concert details, friends and booking information. Read more

PRS for music foundation confirms funding support for LMP

Jonathan Dove, one of the UK’s top contemporary composers, and winner of an Ivor Novello Award, will be writing a new cantata to be performed by the London Mozart Players as part of Croydon’s First World War Centenary commemorations next year. Read more

2013/14 Fairfield Halls season announcement

London Mozart Players launches its 2013/14 season at Fairfield Halls, Croydon featuring a host of internationally acclaimed artists and conductors. Browse the Fairfield Classical season brochure below. Read more