Mozart and Moonlight by Candlelight
Beethoven – ‘Moonlight’ Sonata
Bach – Air ‘on the G string’
Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart – Salzburg Symphony No 2
Mozart – Piano Concerto No 12 in A
Belmont Ensemble of London
Costas Fotopoulos Piano
Peter Dyson Conductor
The Belmont Ensemble of London celebrated its 25th Birthday in 2016.
The Orchestra was founded by its Musical Director, Peter G Dyson in 1991, it is now one of the busiest and finest chamber orchestras in the capital.
The Belmont Ensemble was the pioneering force in establishing the famous series of baroque concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields in the early 1990s. They have now given over 650 concerts at the famous Trafalgar Square church attracting large international audiences to their regular concerts.
Now a seasoned fixture on the London musical scene, they have also performed regularly at London’s Southbank Centre and St James’s Church, Piccadilly, as well as appearing at Festivals around the UK. The orchestra receives no subsidies or sponsorship, relying purely on enterprising programming and box office receipts.
“One of the UK’s most exciting orchestras” Classic FM
“The band played with gusto… a very good chamber group” The Independent
“Transparency of articulation under their detailed direction of Peter G Dyson” The Strad
“Quite delightful, wholly witty and wonderfully rhythmic, the ensembles’ playing is light playful and precise” American Record Guide
Costas Fotopoulos has made numerous appearances as a concert pianist, giving concerto performances in Britain and both solo and chamber performances there as well as in Austria, Italy, Greece, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Nigeria.
His debut solo album, Costas Fotopoulos Piano, featuring works by Rachmaninov as well as his ownToccata, was released in February 2009 on the JCL Records label. He has recorded a Chopin Nocturne for the BBC Radio Worldplay, Hitler in Therapy (aired in January 2005), and chamber repertoire for BBC Radio 2 and 3. He has also recorded the piano solo work, Cross hands, for a CD of music by British composer Nicholas Sackman, released on the Metier label.
Costas studied with Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance with First Class Honours and a Master’s Degree in Performance with Distinction. For the third year of his Bachelor’s Degree he studied with Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School, New York on an exchange programme.
Costas won a Scholarship Award at the International Johannes Brahms Competition 2012 and was a keyboard finalist in the 2001 Royal Over-Seas League Competition. He has also performed and recorded as a jazz pianist, keyboard player and Music Director.