Baritone Roderick Williams performs a Saturday night concert live on Facebook

With new video content every day, At Home with LMP is the London
Mozart Players’ response to the circumstances of lockdown. The players of
the orchestra and star guests have joined forces to produce interviews,
live recitals, premieres of new music and family fun. The project’s success
is not only bringing the LMP’s music to new audiences of all ages, but also
deepening the orchestra’s connection with existing friends and keeping the
players working and creating together.

One of the most popular strains of At Home with LMP is the weekly
Saturday Session. Visit the LMP’s Facebook page on a Saturday night at 7
o’clock and you’ll tune into a half-hour of music broadcast live from the
players’ homes. So far the Sessions have given a platform to such artists
as violinist Ruth Rogers and guitarist Craig Ogden, and they have shone a
spotlight on the brilliant and rich solo repertoires of orchestral
instruments in performances by harpist Rosanna Rolton, flute player Michael
Cox and violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish. Most recently, pianist Melvyn Tan
transformed his living room into a recital hall for a recital of Debussy,
Beethoven and Granados’ poetic fantasy ‘The maiden and the nightingale’,
showing up-close how he has earned a reputation as one of the industry’s
most imaginative players.

Roderick Williams and Lynn Arnold’s recital, which broadcasts at 7pm on
Saturday 30 May, will only be available to view during the livestream
itself. So tune in on the dot or you’ll miss their concert programme
celebrating great music written on British soil: George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, composed shortly after World War I, and Vaughan
Williams’ Songs of Travel, based on poems by Robert Louis
Stevenson. Rather than the high seas, their settings are the roads and
byways of England, and Stevenson’s idea that ‘The world is a highway-side’
takes on new meaning at a time when we can’t stray far from our homes.

Roderick says:

“One of the most frustrating things about lockdown for a collaborative
musician is not being able to make music with anyone else. I feel this
very deeply as a singer. So, the relief of being able to perform
something with (but not too near) Lynn Arnold was quite profound. I am
a singer and I want to sing. If I don’t sing … then what am I?”

At Home with LMP
continues into June with more exclusive performances, a player-to-player
interview with violinist and passionate advocate of music education Nicola
Benedetti, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf narrated by an
extra-special surprise guest. The orchestra will use their momentum to
continue developing an online offer, presenting high-quality music with
personality and player-led artistic direction, and to engage groups in the
community less able to access classical music.

London Mozart Players’ 7 o’clock Saturday Sessions continue with
performances by pianist Melvyn Tan (Sat 16 May), coloratura soprano
Christina Johnson (Sat 23 May), and baritone Roderick Williams (Sat 30

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Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega