Composer, conductor, performer and Patron of Grayshott Concerts
London Mozart Players
Orchestra in residence Grayshott Concerts
Howard Shelley OBE
Pianist and conductor and Associate Artist Grayshott Concerts
Performed at Grayshott Concerts September 2019
Saturday 19th February 2022 at 7.30pm
Hallelujah, it’s the Messiah!
Join us for the ultimate in theatrical classical music with a full performance of Handel’s Messiah! from London Mozart Players and Pegasus, one of London’s top choirs, conducted by Adrian Butterfield. Since its premiere some 280 years ago, Messiah! has become the single most-performed piece of classical music worldwide.
Handel’s oratorio is based on the Old and New Testaments and delivered here in a most fitting venue at St Luke’s Grayshott. Now often associated with Christmas, it was in fact originally written for Easter, as while the first section focuses on the birth of Christ, it subsequently moves on to cover his death, and resurrection with the wonderful Hallelujah chorus.
The amazing Isata Kanneh-Mason makes her Grayshott debut supported by the London Mozart Players, conducted by fellow first-timer Delyana Lazarova. Isata will be performing Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto as included on her debut album Romance along with Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri and Beethoven's Symphony No. 8.
Isata is the recipient of the 2021 Leonard Bernstein Award and a 2020 Opus Klassik award for best young artist. Alongside equally talented members of her family, the Kanneh-Masons, she is also the Global Award 2021 best classical artist.
Bringing Bruch Back - an evening of virtuoso violin
Solo violinist Shoshanah Sievers, supported by Grayshott Concerts since 2007 and currently studying at the Royal College of Music, returns to Grayshott for an evening of
beautiful music including Bruch's Violin Concerto, Mozart's Magic Flute and Mendelssohn's Symphony No 3.
Shoshanah has previously delighted Grayshott audiences with performances including Enchantment, a new work written especially for her by Karl Jenkins which
premiered here in October 2020. Returning here accompanied by the London Mozart Players, conducted by Jonathan Bloxham, join us for another mesmerising performance
from this young talent.
Award-winning choir Tenebrae, one of the world's leading vocal ensembles, returns to Grayshott for the first time in over a decade with a programme taking us on a spiritual
and historical journey through the development and influence of Renaissance polyphony.
Showcasing this particular musical texture - where two or more lines of independent melody are sung simultaneously, our musical journey will begin in Renaissance Spain and
Italy with the sublime music of Lobo, Victoria and Allegri, before moving westwards to Mexico for Padilla's Missa ego flos campi. Moving on to Germany, prepare
to be moved by compositions from Brahms, Bruckner and Reger, performed with the passion and precision for which the Tenebrae is renowned.
Karl Jenkins returns The Healer 2022 Gala performance
Karl Jenkins, patron of Grayshott Concerts and as the most performed living composer in the world, returns to St Luke's for the first time since 2019. At this, our 2022 Gala
evening, he will be conducting his own work The Healer - A Cantata for St Luke, specially commissioned by us and originally premiered here in 2014.
Taking inspiration from St Luke's Gospel, the Book of Common Prayer and The Shepherd by William Blake and incorporating text written by Terry Waite, Carol Barratt and our
very own Vivien Harrison, it promises to be an unmissable evening. We are delighted that our choir-in-residence, Excelsis, and all the original premiere soloists alongside the
London Mozart Players will be joining us to perform this very special work.
In a totally new venture for us, to complete our 2022 programme we are focusing on 20th century music from not one but two American composers, namely Samuel Barber
and Aaron Copland. From Barber's hauntingly compelling Adagio for Strings to Copland's relentlessly lively Hoedown, this concert promises to take
you on a rollercoaster of emotions.
Other works on the evening's programme, delivered with technical excellence and musicality as ever by the London Mozart Players, include Barber's Violin
Concerto and Copland's Appalachian Spring and Quiet City.
Triumphant Return of Live Music at Grayshott With Free Concert for Local Key Workers
28th July 2021 - From nurses to teachers, retail assistants and volunteers of all kinds, over 200 local residents who have worked in the community throughout the Covid crisis came together on Friday night for a free Thank You concert at St Luke's Church in Grayshott. The concert featured a range of popular classical music performed by the London Mozart Players and was organised by local music charity Grayshott Concerts.
It's another first for Grayshott Concerts ! John Suchet, the presenter of Classic FM's flagship weekday-morning programme hosted our event on Friday 13th September 2019. An acknowledged expert and writer on major composers including Beethoven and Tchaikovsky John introduced the works performed and provided an insight into the background of the composers and their works.
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From nurses to teachers, retail assistants and volunteers of all kinds, over 200 local residents who have worked in the community throughout the Covid crisis came together on Friday night for a free Thank You concert at St Luke's Church in Grayshott. The concert featured a range of popular classical music performed by the London Mozart Players and was organised by local music charity Grayshott Concerts.
Hot on the heels of Grayshott's world premiere concert on national radio channel ClassicFm on 6 December, comes a recent piece in the Daily Express newspaper. In an article headed "O Come All Ye Faithless" - on page 13, the author gently chides the nation for only going to church at Christmas time.
But the piece shows how St Luke's Church Grayshott is bucking the trend. For 15 years, St Luke's has been 'packing them in' to hear regular concerts with top artists from the classical world, including Violin Superstar Nicola Benedetti and composer Sir Karl Jenkins in person. "It’s a great venue and the acoustics are fantastic" writes the Express, quoting Grayshott Concerts’ founder Peter Harrison ...
The Premiere of Sir Karl jenkins's Miserere (Psalm 51) featured three of the world's most sought-after ensembles including: Polyphony Choir (making their second appearance in Grayshott), Britten Sinfonia Orchestra (in Grayshott for the first time), Iestyn Davies (regarded as one of the foremost counter-tenors in the world), all under the baton of choir-director supreme, Stephen Layton.
The line-up also included soloists, Zands Duggan (percussion), Abel Selaocoe (cello) and Alis Huws (harp). The concert was recorded by Classic FM for broadcast at a later date.
We were thrilled to be joined by John Suchet, the presenter of Classic FM’s flagship weekday-morning programme, who proved to be a thoroughly charming host for Jamal Aliyev's performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme in September 2019.
Jamal, aged just 26, is a 'BBC Introducing Classical Artist' and winner of numerous international awards. As well as the Variations, he also performed a new piece especially composed for him by our patron Sir Karl Jenkins which received its premiere at the concert.
The programme also included Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, Mendelssohn's popular Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream together with one of Mozart’s best-loved Symphonies, No.35, 'The Haffner'.
Before joining Classic FM, John Suchet was best known as one of the country's most popular television newsreaders and newscasters. With a lifelong passion for classical music, he is an acknowledged expert and writer on major composers including Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. John also stayed on to sign copies of his books, including 'Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed' published in 2018.
The event was sponsored by Applegarth Farm and Surrey Oaks Wealth Management, to whom we express our gratitude for their crucial support.