Wednesday 15 April 2020

Joanna Lumley's carnival and Alex Woolf's miniatures: London Mozart Players develop new digital content for LMP at Home

Illustration for Camille Saint-Saens 'Carnival of the Animals' by Cat Fuller
Illustration for Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals by Cat Fuller
As the London Mozart Players' (LMP) daily on-line content continues with its LMP at Home initiative, the orchestra has announced that on Friday 24 April 2020, as part of its 'Family Fridays' slot, that there will be a family-friendly collaborative performance of Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals with poems narrated by Joanna Lumley. And composer Alex Woolf has written a series of Homespun Miniatures for the orchestra, the first of which Duet No. 1 was premiered by LMP leader Simon Blendis and his wife Saoko Blendis on Channel 4 news.

Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals will be performed by different members of the orchestra and accompanied by animated illustrations created by designer Cat Fuller, and animal poems written by LMP violinist Martin Smith and narrated by Joanna Lumley. The performance will be premiered via LMP’s Facebook and YouTube accounts on Friday 24 April.

Alex Woolf has written a series of Homespun Miniatures for the orchestra to be premiered during April and May as part of LMP at Home. The first work, Duet No. 1, for violin and piano, can be seen on YouTube, and the second work Duet No. 2 for violin and cello will be premiered via LMP's digital channels on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Other highlights of LMP at Home include an introduction to Michael Nyman's Where the Bee Dances from saxophonist Jess Gillam on Wednesday h May, a Facebook-live recital from harpist Rosanna Rolton on Saturday 18 April and the next instalment of 'Mozart Mondays' on Monday 20 April featuring clarinettist Michael Collins, who will unpack and explore the first movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major.

Full details and schedule from the LMP website.

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