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Mozart and Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight

Saturday 29 October 2022

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Costas Fotopoulos and the Belmont Ensemble perform Beethoven, Mozart and more.

Programme

Handel – Arrival of The Queen of Sheba
Mozart – Salzburg Symphony No 1 in D
Bach – Air on the G String
Mozart – Piano Concerto No 12 in A
Beethoven – ‘Moonlight’ Sonata
Purcell – Chaconne
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Performers

The Belmont Ensemble of London
Costas Fotopoulos Piano
Peter G Dyson Conductor

The Belmont Ensemble of London was founded by its Musical Director, Peter Dyson in 1991, winning instant critical acclaim. It is now one of the busiest and finest chamber orchestras in the capital. They have now given over 700 concerts at the famous Trafalgar Square Church where they are firmly established as the most popular of the principal orchestras, attracting large international audiences to their fortnightly concerts. A recent highlight was a concert given in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra.

The Orchestra was originally established to enable exceptional music graduates the opportunity to bridge the gap between leaving conservatoire and finding full-time employment, within a professional environment. Now a seasoned fixture on the London musical scene, the orchestra receives no subsidies or sponsorship, relying purely on enterprising programming and box office receipts. In 1996 the Ensemble made their acclaimed debut at the Purcell Room, and in 1998 made their sold-out debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Orchestra has appeared at The Banqueting House in Whitehall, St Clement Dane’s Church, St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, The Blackheath Halls and they have established an ongoing concert series at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.

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 own Toccata, 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, Music Director and keyboard player.

Dates, Times & Book

Sat 29 Oct 7:30 PM £32/£29/£22/£16/£9 Book

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