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London Mozart Players Live from St John’s Smith Square

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London Mozart Players are delighted to have finally kicked off their ever-popular Piano Explored series, which embarks on its seventh season at St John’s Smith Square.  Its first concert, filmed for an online audience, is now live. LMP’s Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley OBE will direct all the concerts in the series from the St John’s Smith Square Steinway piano.
 
One of the staples in London’s annual classical music scene, Piano Explored has long been a firm favourite with lunchtime concert-goers: but this year the coronavirus pandemic has intervened, so the series is being performed under different circumstances from the usual lunch hour gatherings of the past. The five-concert series was delayed from October 2020 to February 2021 and is now going ahead with concerts every month from February to May (two in April). The concerts will be performed under Covid guidelines without an audience (until audiences are permitted to attend) and will be filmed for an online audience by Simon Weir at Classical Media, with the films broadcast shortly after filming, except for the final concert which may be livestreamed. The Piano Explored 2021 digital series follows on from LMP’s much-praised online autumn 2020 online series.
 
The format for Piano Explored remains unchanged. In an hour-long programme, virtuoso pianist Shelley gives an entertaining and insightful introduction to one or two famous or not-so-famous works for piano and orchestra, before performing them with the London Mozart Players. The programme of piano music for the 2021 season of Piano Explored combines a couple of the best loved virtuosic classics of Mozart and Saint-Saëns, some favourite works by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, and relatively unknown pieces by Hummel and Moscheles. Howard has a reputation for showcasing rarely performed piano works and this online series will be an excellent opportunity to expose them to a wider audience. Whether beloved or brand new, each equally brilliant work is a showcase for a virtuoso pianist, and Howard and LMP look forward to bringing them to life for their audience around the world in this series of perfectly pitched concerts for a lunch-hour, or anytime online!
 
Tickets for the online concerts will be £8.00, with films available to view for six months via LMP’s website (except for the Shostakovich concert on 13 May – 30 days only).

https://www.londonmozartplayers.com/
 

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