Mozart Explored: Piano Concerto No.18 in B Flat
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Wednesday 22 February 2023

Mozart Explored: Piano Concerto No.18 in B Flat

Our lunchtime series with pianist Howard Shelley is back and better than ever. This year, we’re turning our attention to the (17)80s classics when Mozart was at the top of his game in Vienna, composing reams of piano concertos for the finest instrumentalists of the day. Make the most of your lunch-hour with a Viennese whirlwind of music and insightful introductions as Howard plays 6 of these concertos in St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge.

Mozart wrote Piano Concerto No. 18 for his friend Maria Theresia von Paradis. Blind by the age of 5, Paradis became one of the most famous pianists of her day, a sensation in Vienna and the rest of Europe. Her father was Austria’s Secretary of Commerce; Paradis herself was taught by Antonio Salieri and commissioned music from Joseph Haydn. The history of this Piano Concerto offers a glimpse into the tight-knit musical circles of Vienna, as well as shining a light on how close musicians were to centres of power and influence.

Since you’ll be in the area, why not pre-book lunch at the Alfred Tennyson pub and restaurant which is just three minutes away? They’ll offer you a free drink (wine, Prosecco or beer) with a pre-booked meal, as long as you show proof of ticket purchase.

If you are a student, then you can get our ‘Education’ tickets for £10. Please bring suitable ID with you on the day to show at the door. All tickets can be bought on the door as well, as well as over the phone and online.

St Paul's Knightsbridge