All posts tagged: music

London Mozart Players present Sounds of the Silver Screen

From Pinewood to . . . Norwood! London Mozart Players, the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra, bring the magic of the movies to St John’s, Upper Norwood on Sunday 18th November, in a concert that’s perfect for all the family. Imagine Jaws without its shark-infested semitones; Indiana Jones swashbuckling in silence; ET’s bicycle soaring soundlessly across the moon. Soundtracks can make a movie magnificent, underpinning the pictures with glorious melodies or terrifying tunes that shape how we react to what we see on the screen. LMP’s movie music matinee features some of the world’s greatest composers, showcasing soundtracks that depicts love, betrayal, drama, tragedy and horror. Revel in the passions of Pride and Prejudice, the sorrows of Schindler’s List and the heroics of Henry V. Popcorn anyone? Tickets London Mozart Players Sounds of the Silver Screen Conductor: Ben Palmer Sunday 18th November at 4pm St John the Evangelist London, SE19 2RX United Kingdom Unreserved seating NB please note 4pm start time Priority £23.00 (includes reserved seating, programme, interval drink) Adult £15 | Concessions £12 | Young Person (16-25) £10 | Under 16s FREE …

Concordia’s Autumn Concert: The Glory of Baroque

All the magnificent music in Concordia’s autumn concert was composed within the span of only 20 years – in the astonishing flowering of European music in the early 18th century which we now call The Baroque.  The programme especially celebrates the trio of composers whose work defines this golden era: Vivaldi, Handel and Bach. The centrepiece of the concert will be Vivaldi’s Gloria, almost a ‘lost’ masterpiece till the mid-20th century, but now one of the most popular and revered works in the canon of sacred music. The genius of Handel will be represented by two contrasting pieces: Zadok The Priest, which never fails to take the breath away with its sweep and majesty and Ode For the Birthday Of Queen Anne, a secular cantata, part of which was sung at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex this summer. Last, but not least, special guests, The South Circular Orchestra, will perform the 2nd of Bach’s much-loved Brandenburg Concertos. The performance is at 7.30pm on Saturday 24th November at All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Rd, SE21 …

Magnard Ensemble Concert at Dulwich Picture Gallery

It’s not all paintings at London’s oldest picture gallery in Dulwich. There is a host of events and activities for everyone on an almost daily basis. The Friends organization uses its golden address book in particular to bring in interesting speakers and musicians to enrich the audience. Highlights of forthcoming events include a young and lively quintet – the Magnard Ensemble – who will give an autumn concert at Dulwich Picture Gallery on Wednesday 7 November. A foot-tapping and varied programme, featuring pieces from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess to Bach, is designed to appeal to all ages and tastes and includes some more modern works by Paul Patterson which will close the evening. The well-received wind quintet is chosen from a pool of highly talented musicians and has performed internationally as well as at leading concert halls and festivals in the UK. Tickets cost £10 for under-18’s, £20 for Friends and £22 otherwise – and include a glass of wine after the event. They are available online, from the Gallery or by phone 0208 299 …

James Allen’s Girls’ School Opens New Community Music Centre

Last month saw the official opening of a new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) in East Dulwich. The two opening concerts featured performers from both the school and the local community and were attended by special guest Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, and actor Toby Jones who compered one of the two concerts.   As well as featuring world premieres composed by three JAGS pupils past and present, the concerts also showcased two bespoke works composed by JAGS Director of Music, Peter Gritton – one A Very Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra played by the JAGS Festival Orchestra, the other a work for orchestra and choir depicting an imaginary journey from Earth To Mars. Some members of the community got to roll massive dice to determine which sections were to be performed in this perilous journey! In the week leading up to the opening, JAGS pupils from 4-18 years were able to participate in a range of musical performances in and around the centre culminating in a celebration of …

Harpsichord Recital at Bell House

Lorraine Liyanage and Alexandra Kremakova, local musicians and teachers at the SE22 Piano School, will perform a harpsichord recital on 14th September to raise money for Bell House’s projects and courses that are funded by donations. Bell House is a registered charity. A harpsichord recital in this beautiful Georgian house is the perfect setting as the harpsichord we will perform on is based an instrument designed in the 1700s. The house itself was built in 1767 as a rural retreat from city life. A typical evening in a Georgian household would often revolve around the harpsichord or other musical instruments. Lorraine and Alex will perform Baroque music as well as music by living composers. The Harpsichord Recital will be performed at Bell House on September 14th at 7pm. Tickets are available online and include a glass of wine on arrival.