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Clarinet Celebrations - Michael Collins and London Mozart Players

When
Friday March 4, 2022 at 19:30
Where
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Tickets
£15, £23, £32, £45
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Tickets "at the door" - until sold out
  1. Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op 10 - Benjamin Britten
  2. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra No 2 in E flat Op 74 - Carl Maria von Weber
  3. Starburst - Jessie Montgomery
  4. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A K 622 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This year sees clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins’s 60th birthday – the perfect excuse for a musical celebration with the London Mozart Players.

Michael Collins directs the London Mozart Players and takes the solo spot for two of the best loved works in the repertoire – both inspired by friendships with great clarinettists. Mozart composed his still unsurpassed concerto with its sublime slow movement for Anton Stadler, who performed on a basset horn (the instrument Collins plays for this work), while Weber was inspired by clarinettist and life long friend Heinrich Baermann. These concertos display an engaging mix of beauty, daring and virtuosity, with Weber in particular demanding leaps and runs of the soloist. In a concert marking a milestone year, Collins brings all his dazzling artistry to these evergreen masterpieces.

Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge is Britten’s tribute to his revered teacher. The ten variations present a musical portrait, suggesting ‘his integrity... energy... charm... wit... gaiety’ as Britten wrote on his sketches. A tour de force for London Mozart Players's strings under the direction of Simon Blendis, the writing is daring and inventive, frequently parodying musical forms – opera, baroque, waltzes, marches and chants – but always on a virtuosic level.

The celebratory fireworks for the occasion are provided by Jessie Montgomery’s vibrantly inventive Starburst which fizzes and explodes with excitement and colour. The perfect soundtrack for any birthday party!


Venue
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
South Bank
London
London
SE1 8XX
England

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