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London Mozart Players: Mozart

Saturday 09 July 2022

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The remarkable Leia Zhu joins the London Mozart Players on a trip back to 18th century Salzburg – where the young Mozart was remaking the rules.

Mozart found his hometown of Salzburg a bit dull, but you can’t keep a genius down. An elegant violin concerto suddenly breaks into an earthy folkdance; a symphony by a teenager sends hunting horns galloping through an Archbishop’s palace. And at an all-night party, two separate orchestras come together and dance, in the extraordinary Serenata Notturna. This is Amadeus Unbound: expect elegance, outrage and melodies without end as the 16-year old violin phenomenon Leia Zhu and the London Mozart Players hit the town for a big night out with classical music’s most irrepressible boy wonder.


Mozart – Serenata Notturna
Mozart – Concerto for Violin No 5 in A K 219, Turkish
Mozart – Symphony No 29


London Mozart Players
Leia Zhu Violin

Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech to delight audiences with the works of Mozart and Haydn, over the last 70-odd years the London Mozart Players has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming from Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music. It continues to build on its long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Felicity Lott, Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti, John Suchet and Simon Callow. The orchestra enjoys an international reputation, touring throughout Europe and the Far East, most recently Dubai and Hong Kong, and records for Naxos, Chandos, Signum, Hyperion, Convivium Records and the German label CPO.

The London Mozart Players has been the resident orchestra at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls for thirty years, and in September 2019 enjoyed a gala concert to celebrate the Halls’ reopening. As Croydon’s resident orchestra, the ensemble has shown an invigorated and growing commitment to the borough’s cultural life. In 2016, LMP relocated its office from Fairfield Halls to St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, undertaking a programme of initiatives within the local community. The orchestra has brought classical music stars Nicola Benedetti, Michael Collins and Sheku Kanneh-Mason to Upper Norwood in world-class performances, and its annual St John’s season has included family concerts and collaborations with local community groups and schools.

Lauded for her musical maturity, expressive interpretations and impressive technical ability, 15 year-old British violinist Leia Zhu is recognised as a star of the future. Since her debut at age four, she has performed at prestigious festivals and venues in more than 15 countries around the world, and with numerous established orchestras and international artists.

Appointed Artist-in-Residence with the London Mozart Players in October 2021, she embeds herself within the orchestra, performing as featured soloist, leading play/​direct programmes and in chamber music. Leia also plays a crucial role in the orchestra’s community residencies in Croydon and Hastings, inspiring and motivating her peers through educational projects.

2021/22 season highlights include multiple engagements with London Mozart Players, a return to English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, concerts at KKL Luzern with Festival Strings Lucerne and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Sage Gateshead with Royal Northern Sinfonia and at Marvão International Music Festival, a three-city tour to Italy, and recital debuts at Tonhalle Zürich, Biblioteksaal Polling, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

She regularly posts videos on her popular YouTube channel, where she shares her joy of music, composers and creativity, which attract thousands of subscribers and views.

Dates, Times & Book

Sat 09 Jul 7:30 PM £32/£29/£22/£16/£10 Book

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