Monday, 15 July 2019

London Mozart Players returns home to the restored Fairfield Halls, Croydon

London Mozart Players (Photo Kevin Day)
London Mozart Players (Photo Kevin Day)
Fairfield Halls in Croydon has been closed for three years for refurbishment and will be reopening in September 2019. On re-opening, the London Mozart Players will be returning to the hall as Resident Orchestra, marking the ensemble's 30th year as Croydon's Resident Orchestra and also bringing its 70th birthday year to a resounding close.

The re-opening will be celebrated with a gala concert being given by London Mozart Players on 18 September 2019, when three guest conductors will join the orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton (Associate Conductor), Jane Glover (former Artistic Director 1984–1991), Gerard Korsten (former Artistic Director 2010–2015) and Howard Shelley (Conductor Laureate). The concert will feature Fairfield Fanfare by Alex Woolf, who was inspired to become a composer after an LMP outreach event in 2006, Mozart arias with soprano Louise Alder, plus music by Prokofiev and Beethoven. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

LMP's season at Fairfield Halls will feature a wide range of concerts including soloists Sheku Kanneh-Mason in Saint-Saens, Craig Ogden in Rodrigo and Jess Gillam in Nyman and Glazunov.

In 2016,  LMP moved to St John's Upper Norwood where its innovative concert series ensured that classical music continued in the Croydon community, and the orchestra will be continuing its performances at St John's alongside the Fairfield Halls series and concerts in major London venues.

The project to restore Fairfield Halls sees the iconic venue sympathetically restored and upgraded as as part of a major project which returns many features of the original 1962 designs whilst providing new amenity spaces in the context of a wider regeneration scheme. You can read more at MICA Architects website.

Full details from the LMP website.

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