London Mozart Players (LMP) reveal the concerts in their 2024/25 season. As well as continuing their events at Fairfield Halls, where the orchestra is Resident, Smith Square Hall and on the South coast, LMP announce a new series at St Martin-in-the-Fields where the orchestra will present six concerts.

FOUR WORLD SEASONS – LMP’S OPENING CONCERT LAUNCHES THEIR NEW SERIES AT ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS

THE AGES OF MOZART – PIANIST ANGELA HEWITT JOINS LMP FOR AN ALL-MOZART PROGRAMME

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FRENCH CAPITAL WITH PIANIST ZEE ZEE

CHANGING SEASONS – A MULTI-GENRE SPECTACULAR AT FAIRFIELD HALLS FILLED WITH NEW COMMISSIONS FROM FOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS

TASTING NOTES – THE THIRD SERIES OF LMP’S MUSICAL WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE AT SMITH SQUARE HALL

A PLACE IN TIME – JESS GILLAM JOINS LMP FOR A FOLK-INSPIRED  EVENING

LMP ON THE MOVE – ACCESSIBLE COMMUNITY-FOCUSED POP-UPS AROUND CROYDON AND HASTINGS

MARVELLOUS MAESTROS – A GCSE SET-WORKS CONCERT CREATED TO HELP STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THEIR UPCOMING EXAMS

Flynn Le Brocq, LMP Chief Executive, commented:

“We are committed to delivering the ‘LMP Experience’, ensuring that everything we present is distinctive and accessible to all. Our 24/25 season offers a whole range of experiences including musical wine tastings, pop-up performances in town centres, some of LMP’s most loved repertoire (complete with stellar soloists) and innovative community commissions.”

Jonathan Bloxham, LMP Conductor-in-Residence and Artistic Advisor, commented:

“Building on the fabulous work we’ve done together over the last two years, I am very excited to continue the adventures with LMP in our 24/25 season. I’m thrilled to welcome some wonderful new soloists to the LMP stage and look forward to continuing our recording and international touring work throughout the year.”

LMP’s season opens with Four World Seasons (26 September, St Martin-in-the-Fields), a fusion of Vivaldi and Roxanna Panufnik’s interpretation of the world’s seasons, complete with live immersive digital projections which will transform St Martin’s into a visual spectacle.

The following month, pianist Louis Schwizgebel takes to the stage to perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor in Mendelssohn and The Schumanns (18 October, St Martin-in-the-Fields). Pianist Angela Hewitt returns to perform with LMP in The Ages of Mozart (8 November, St Martin-in-the-Fields) for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major. Jonathan Bloxham also conducts the orchestra through two Mozart symphonies, No.1 in E flat Major and No.36 in C Major.

Angela Hewitt commented:

“It will be a huge pleasure to work once again with LMP – my first time ever performing at St Martin-in-the-Fields! To play Mozart with such a stylish group who knows this repertoire so well will be a joy for both me and the audience.”

French Connections: Music from the Parisian Stage (13 February, St Martin-in-the-Fields) highlights the music that premiered in the French capital, with pianist Zee Zee making her debut with LMP performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. Following this, Flights of Fancy (25 April, St Martin-in-the-Fields) explores programmatic music including The Lark Ascending and Coleridge-Taylor’s Four Noveletten for Strings.

Concluding the series at St Martin’s is A Place in Time (30 May, St Martin-in-the-Fields) featuring LMP’s Education Ambassador, saxophonist Jess Gillam, who joins the orchestra as soloist and presenter for this folk-inspired programme.

In the leadup to Christmas, LMP’s brass ensemble take centre stage at the newly-rebranded Smith Square Hall for Christmas with London Mozart Players (13 December, Smith Square Hall) featuring a festive selection of music with Croydon SDA Gospel Choir and Trinity Boys Choir and Trinity Girls Choir. The brass ensemble will also travel to Henry Ward Hall, Hastings and St John’s, Upper Norwood for Christmas Crackers (12 December, 14 December).

Changing Seasons (15 February, Fairfield Halls) builds on the success of LMP’s events in Croydon’s year as London Borough of Culture with a multi-genre, community-focused spectacle. This new production responds to the climate emergency by interspersing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with new seasonal-themed commissions from four community groups; Queer Croydon, Club Soda, Subrang Arts and Croydon Music & Arts. The event will be preceded by a free afternoon showcase in the open spaces of Fairfield Halls, featuring local talent from over 30 music and dance groups.

As part of their commitment to being Croydon’s Resident Orchestra, LMP will take their music outside of the concert hall by reigniting their successful LMP on the Move initiative. Performing in local community venues and popping up in public places around the borough, LMP on the Move will bring accessible performance formats to the local residents throughout the year. The Orchestra will also take LMP on the Move to Hastings, building on their residency on the South coast. 

Tasting Notes, LMP’s musical wine tasting experience, returns for its third season to Smith Square Hall with three dates this season (31 October, 28 February, 6 June). Tasting Notes pairs quality wines with thoughtfully selected string quartet music alongside lively talks from a wine expert and LMP Leader, Simon Blendis. This season of Tasting Notes is European themed, including music and wines from France, Italy and England.

LMP’s community residencies in Upper Norwood and on the South coast continue in this season. Marvellous Maestros (7 March, St John’s, Upper Norwood) and Now That’s What I Call (Classical) Music: Baroque to Rock (6 March, De La Warr Pavilion) both focus on the GCSE music set-work syllabus, helping local students to prepare for their exams.

Full details of the season can be found via LMP’s website.