CARDIFF CLASSICAL SERIES EXTRAS PRE-CONCERT TALK (FREE) 6:30pm - 7pm | Lefel 1 Dr Jonathan James
One hour before each of our concerts we have a 30-minute insight into the music and the context to the performance. These popular events are accessible and informative and a great way to get more from your concert experience.
The talks are free to attend, but spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Doors to Lefel 1 will be open from around 6pm.
The concerts opens with Prokofiev’s effervescent ‘Classical’ Symphony, which cleverly juxtaposes 20th-century style with the traditional four-movement symphony – with some added parody and humour. But the spotlight is on our soloist Isata Kanneh-Mason, who performs Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, which Schumann composed at the tender age of 14. A BBC Young Musician finalist, four-time winner of the Royal Academy Iris Dyer Piano Prize (among many other prizes) and multi-scholarship winner, Isata is much in demand in concert halls around the UK and abroad. Isata recently recorded Schumann’s Piano Concerto in her much-celebrated debut album Romance. Rossini’s Overture to L’italiana in Algheri sets the scene for the second part of the concert, which centres on Mendelssohn’s jaunty and optimistic Italian Symphony.
‘She is a pianist who makes lines sing beautifully and virtuosic passages dance, finding intimacy and eloquence at telling moments…’ - BBC Music Magazine.
London Mozart Players
The London Mozart Players (LMP), the UK’s longest-established chamber orchestra, was founded in 1949 by Harry Blech to delight audiences with the works of Mozart and Haydn, and the orchestra is known for its unmistakable British roots. Over the last seventy-three years, the LMP has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming from Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music, and continues to build on its long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists including Dame Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Michael Collins. The orchestra enjoys an international reputation, touring throughout Europe and the Far East and records frequently for Naxos, Convivium, Chandos and Hyperion Records.
The London Mozart Players performs on London’s premier concert platforms, including the Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Cadogan Hall, as well as cathedrals and other venues across the UK. LMP has been the resident orchestra at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls for 33 years, and the ensemble continues to demonstrate a commitment to the borough’s cultural life. LMP is also embedded in the local community with an office at St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, where it runs an award-winning programme of initiatives. The orchestra has brought classical music stars Nicola Benedetti and Sheku Kanneh-Mason to SE19 in world-class performances, and has implemented a tailored calendar of events including family concerts and collaborations with local community groups and schools.
Praised for her passionate performances and dynamic presence, Bulgarian-born conductor Delyana Lazarova is a young artist with a quickly growing international career. She is the 2020 First-prize winner of Siemens-Hallé International Competition for Conductors, the newly-appointed Assistant Conductor to Sir Mark Elder at the Hallé Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra in Manchester, England. Ms. Lazarova is also the winner of the NRTA International Conducting Competition in Tirana, in 2019. Delyana has received James Conlon Conducting Award at the Aspen Music Festival, and has won the Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship at the Cabrillo Festival, California in 2017 and 2018.
Delyana’s future engagements for 2021/2022 season include concerts with the Hallé and London Mozart Players Orchestra in England, Real Filharmonía de Galicia in Spain, Klangforum Wien in Austria, Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden and Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland, Hungarian Radio Orchestra in Budapest, and Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra in Sofia. In season 21/22 Ms. Lazarova will be also the assistant conductor to Cristian Mâcelaru and Orchestra National de France. She will be taking the orchestra on a concert tour in France in January, 2022.
Isata Kanneh-Mason is the recipient of the 2021 Leonard Bernstein Award, a 2020 Opus Klassik award for best young artist and, as a member of the Kanneh-Mason family, the 2021 best classical artist at the Global Awards.
Her debut album on Decca Classics, “Romance – the Piano Music of Clara Schumann”, drew popular and critical acclaim, entering the UK classical charts at No. 1 when it was released in July 2019 and leading Gramophone magazine to extol the recording as “one of the most charming and engaging debuts” and Classic FM to praise Isata as “a player of considerable talent”. This was followed in July 2021 by “Summertime”, a journey through the varied piano repertoire of 20th-century America featuring Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and a world premiere recording of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Impromptu in B minor.