Spring Concert – Saturday 24th February 2024

Elstree Mozart Players led by Lucy Cumming, conducted by Derek Holland will be performing a concert in All Saints Church in Borehamwood on Saturday 24th February 2024.

The concert will feature:

Elisabeth Venner will be joining the orchestra to sing arias by Mozart, and Johann Strauss II.

Peter Bussereau, Violin Soloist, will be performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor.

Other works to be performed include:

  • Rossini Overture ‘La Scala di Sieta’
  • Richard Strauss Horn Concerto 1 Soloist Tom Pinnell
  • Jarnefelt Praeludium
  • Schubert Symphony II

This concert will raise funds to support Borehamwood Foodbank, providing vital support for those in need in our local community.

Tickets cost £10.00 in advance of £15 or £12 concessions on the door.

Contact Pat Strack on 020 8386 3151

or Andrew Grady on 07802 736628 for further details.

Email elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com  

Web Site: www.elstreemozartplayers.org.uk 

Ticket Source Link:

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The Elstree Mozart Players, All Saints Church, Borehamwood, Saturday, 24th February 2024, 7:30pm.

Concert Review by Graham Wilson

Derek Holland with Elstree Mozart Players

Another jam backed concert from the Elstree Mozart Players and their conductor Derek Holland; overture, short piece, concertos, arias and a Symphony, something for every listener and some wonderful music making.

Elstree Mozart Players President Cllr. John Graham welcomed concert goers to the evening’s proceedings, introducing current Hertsmere Mayor Cllr. Chis Myers and his consort, plus Cllr. Farida Turner, representing the Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood.

Cllr Myers, in his welcome speech spoke highly of the orchestra’s beginnings complementing Derek Holland, Andrew Grady and Pat Strack for setting up the orchestra, which raises funds for needy charitable causes.

The concert on Saturday 24th February 2024 was set out to raise funds for the Borehamwood Foodbank, and raised nearly £200.00 for this worthwhile cause.

The concert began with Rossini’s Silken Ladder Overture. The playing and tempi were spot on, with the slower passages – smooth and silky, the fast music – sparkling and energetic. There must be special praise for the oboes who had some very virtuosic passages to negotiate, they played with aplomb. A thoroughly excellent start to proceedings.

Then a short piece by the Finnish composer, Järnefelt – Praeludium. Derek and EMP played like they knew it intimately, indeed for me it was like being reacquainted with an old friend, a piece I’d known years ago but not heard for decades, many decades! I glorious little gem to fill a Christmas stocking, or as an early Easter present, delightful.

Elizabeth Venner

More delight was to follow when out of the viola section stepped Elizabeth Venner, to sing “Batti Batti” from Mozart’s Opera – Don Giovanni. From supporting the orchestra instrumentally to singing out front, Elizabeth gave us a matchless performance of this exceptional aria. Clean intonation, coupled with a beautiful tone and expressive both musically and facially, she lived the part. The rousing applause at the end said it all, brilliant!

To end the first half, the accomplished violinist Peter Bussereau, who has performed with EMP previously, gave us a thoughtful and rousing rendering of Mendelssohn’s evergreen Violin Concerto in E minor.

Peter Bussereau

His playing was virtuosic in the quick passages, flowing and melodious in the slow ones. The slow movement being the highlight, Peter’s playing caressed the air and floated through the ether, ably accompaniment by EMP throughout. The Finale sped along with a virtuosic buzz and clean internation, a brilliant performance that had the audience applauding loudly. Bravo!

After the interval we were treated to another concerto, Richard Strauss’s virtuosic Horn concerto No.1 and it was another of the orchestra’s regular players – Tom Pinnell – who stepped forward for this.

Tom Pinnell

He had told me previously that Strauss was one of his favourite composers, so this was going to be an important challenge for him. He rose to that challenge, powering through all the difficulties.

The horn is the most difficult of the brass instruments to master and hornist battle with the beast. Tom conquered the beast, his playing technically brilliant in the virtuosic sections, whilst silky-smooth in the slow ones.

The finale was a great romp and well accompanied by EMP and Derek Holland to the final note. The audience gave this talented young player the applause he deserved. Well done, Tom.

Next, Elizabeth Venner sung yet another aria, Adele’s Laughing song from Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Again, the diction was flawless, the delivery perfect and surely there is an actor deep within her bones.

The audience was ecstatic with their applause, what a soprano voice and a find for the orchestra. Bravo Elizabeth.

Elizabether Venner
Elstree Mozart Players

The final work of the evening was an early symphony by Schubert, No.2 in B flat. Derek made the point before they started, that this was written by a young man barely 18 at the time.

The music was remarkable for such a young composer and Derek with EMP produced a stunning performance.

The stately Largo opening led to an allegro vivace which with Derek is always an Allegro, no pulling back on that.

The string players had plenty of busy, scurrying passages to play, which didn’t get any easier in the later movements especially the Finale. The slow movement – Andante was a lovely interlude between the more strident First and Scherzo movements, allowing the woodwind players to really come to the fore.

The scherzo, more of an old fashioned menuetto was like an angry wasp, while the Finale bounced along, full of life.

Did I detect the ghost of Harry Blech, the late conductor of the London Mozart Players, hovering and smiling over proceedings?

Well may be, but one thing is for sure, the audience loved the resulting performance and gave Derek and EMP loud applause, even before the final cadences had ceased. Fantastic!

Cllr . Farida Turner

At the close of the concert Cllr. Farida Turner offered a vote of thanks to all the participants of the concert, and organisers plus helpers who had made the concert such a pleasure.

With Cllr. Myers, they presented small gifts of thanks to the three soloists for the evening, Violinist Peter Bussereau, Soprano Elizabeth Venner, and Horn Soloist Tom Pinnell.

The next concert featuring Elstree Mozart Players is on Sunday 23 June 2024, 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Borehamwood, and features:

  • Peter Wilson Guard of Honour March
  • Chaminade Concertino for flute and orchestra (soloist Emma Brown)
  • Leopold Mozart Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (soloist Alison Perry)
  • Robert Docker Legend for piano and orchestra (soloist Peter Wilson)
  • Bach concerto for Violin, Oboe, and orchestra (soloists Lucy Cumming and Barry Solomon)
  • Roderick Elmer Harwich Variations
  • Leroy Anderson Forgotten Dreams
  • Mozart Symphony 31 (The Paris)               

Tickets cost £10 in advance and are £15.00 on the door with £12.00 Concessions, and will be available from the 1st of May 2024

Contact Pat Strack on 020 8386 3151 or Andrew Grady on 07802 736628 for further details.

Email elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com 

Web Site: www.elstreemozartplayers.org.uk

Tickets will also be available from the Ticket Source Web Site

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Graham Wilson

EMP Concert Reviewer

Janice Watson Sings Cabaret – in aid of The Altzheimers Society

Join us for an enchanting evening of melodies as the renowned Janice Watson, with friends, Derek Holland, Helen Boyea and Simon Kenyon Smith along with the Barry Solomon Trio who will take centre stage in a charity concert like no other.

Janice Watson

Janice Watson is a celebrated artist, who brings her unparalleled talent to the stage, weaving a musical tapestry that transcends genres. Prepare to be enchanted by her captivating voice and charismatic stage presence.

Janice is one of the worlds’ major sopranos, renowned for the beauty of her sound. A flautist originally, she began taking singing seriously at the instigation of tenor Phillip Langridge. She studied firstly with Johanna Peters at the Guildhall in London, then later with Renata Scotto. There followed a period at the Ravel Institute in Ciboure, culminating in a Concert performance of Sheherezade with Michel Plasson and the Toulouse Symphony Orchestra. Then at the age of 23 she won the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Royal Overseas League, which launched her into the upper levels of the singing profession.

Janice has performed in most of the major opera houses of the world including; Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Vienna, Paris, Lyon, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, La Scala Milan, Naples, Turin, Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo, and has been a regular guest with both English National Opera and Welsh National Opera.

“Janice Watson Sings Cabaret” promises to be an unforgettable musical journey, set to captivate hearts, and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, the recognized charity for the President of the Studio Rotary Club for 2023-24, Andrew Grady.

Date: Sunday 24th March 2024
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: All Saints Church, Borehamwood
Tickets are priced at £10 in advance, and for the special concessions, it’s only £12 at the door (or £15 without concessions).

Don’t miss out on the chance to experience a night of exceptional entertainment while supporting the Alzheimer’s Society.

Tickets can be purchased either:
Online: www.ticketsource.co.uk/elstree-mozart-players/t-jzmmpoy
Or via Pat Strack: pat.strack@icloud.com  or Andrew Grady: 07802 736628
Email: elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com

This charity concert not only promises an evening filled with the soulful tunes of Janice Watson but also provides an opportunity for you to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards supporting Alzheimer’s Society initiatives.

Your attendance and contribution will help make a positive impact in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

So let’s come together, enjoy a night of musical excellence, and make a difference in the lives of those affected by this condition.

Make sure to mark Sunday 24th March 2024, on your calendar. Bring friends and family for an evening of joy, entertainment, and compassion.

Let the power of music unite us for a cause that truly matters.

See you at “Janice Watson Sings Cabaret” – where melody meets meaning, supporting the Alzheimer’s Society!

Autumn Charity Concert Review 2023

On Saturday 7th October 2023 the Elstree Mozart Players Autumn Charity Concert was organised to raise money for Alzheimer’s UK, being charity supported by Andrew Grady, a founder of Elstree Mozart Players, who is this year president of The Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood.

The orchestra being set up as a joint venture between Andrew Grady, Derek Holland and Pat Strack, having amongst its ranks many professional, semi-professional and very good amateur musicians, providing high quality classical music concerts around the locality.

The concert was conducted by regular conductor Derek Holland with Andrew Penny MBE as a guest conductor. Mr Penny and his wife are personal friends of Mr Grady, being a former colleague his late mother Mary Grady.

The concert featured music from Sir Arthur Sullivan, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky. The highlight of the concert was a rare performance of Violin Concerto in E minor by York Bowen performed by Peter Bussereau.

We were delighted to welcome our Cllrs Richard Butler Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere Borough Council and the Orchestra’s new President Cllr John Graham, a former Brough Mayor.

Also in attendance was Deputy Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Cllr Alpha Collins who gave an inspiring speech at the end of the evening.

The Studio Rotary Club members assisted to present a fantastic classical musical concert working both on the front of house ticket desk as well as providing the refreshments during the evening concert and assisting with setup and take down.

Mr Grady would like to thank all those club members who assisted with the smooth operation of this concert and all those who donated raffle prizes, which raised £380.00 on the night for the Altzheimer’s Society.

This was one of the most successful and best attended jointly run concert the orchestra and club have organised to date.

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President Elstree Mozart Players

Elstree Mozart Players are pleased to announce that Cllr. John Graham, will be the orchestra’s first President.

John has been influential in the last twelve months in supporting and promoting the Orchestra throughout the county during his term as ‘Hertsmere Borough Council Mayor 2022-23’, and has agreed to assume this role with the orchestra with immediate effect.

AUTUMN CHARITY CONCERT

IN AID OF ALTZHEIMERS SOCIETY DESIGNTED BY

THE PRESIDENT OF THE STUDIO ROTARY CLUB 2023-24ANDREW GRADY

On 7th October 2023 the Elstree Mozart players will be performing their regular autumn concert.

Andrew is one of the founders of Elstree Mozart Players and has a wealth of knowledge and contacts in the brass and orchestral scene through family connections.

The concert on 7th of October will feature some light music and include a performance of York Bowen’s violin concerto, soloist: Peter Busserau, conductor Derek Holland.

The orchestra will also feature under the baton of a special guest conductor, Andrew Penny MBE light music from the pen of Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Eric Coates.

Andrew Penny MBE hails from Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, and is an English Conductor.

He has recorded a complete cycle of Malcolm Arnold’s Symphonies.

From 1982 to 2022, he was Musical Director of the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra.
In November 1999 he directed two performances of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (the symphony of a thousand), as part of the Millennium celebrations in Hull.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to music.

Andrew will be joining resident conductor, Derek Holland for this concert which will feature Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture, Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, Glinka Ruslan, and Ludmilla.

The concert is a must for those who like light classical music.

Tickets will go on sale on 1st September and will be staged at Allum Hall, 2 Allum Lane in Elstree.

For more information about this concert or the orchestra please contact:

Pat Strack on 0208 3863151
Email – pat.strack@icloud.com

Andrew Grady 0208 953 7363
Email – elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com

SUMMER CONCERT REVIEW 2023

On Sunday 11th June Elstree Mozart Players performed their Summer Concert at All Saints Church, which heralded the opening of Elstree and Borehamwood’s Civic Festival 2023.

Cllr. Rebecca Chalice, the Mayor of Elstree & Borehamwood welcomed the audience to the concert.

Cllr Chalice was joined by the Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr Richard Butler, who represented the new mayor of Hertsmere Cllr. Chris Gray.

The concert featured a wide variety of music and included several solo performances from members of the orchestra.

The concert opened with a rousing rendition of Rossini’s Overture II, ‘Signor Brushino’ which was skilfully executed by the orchestra, under the direction of Derek Holland.

Next the orchestra accompanied Barry Soloman, on Cor Anglais and Dylan Lahner on trumpet, in a performance of Quiet City, for Cor Anglais and Trumpet.

Then the orchestra, consisting of over 30 musicians from across the area performed Waltz Citrine, and the Concert March HRH The Countess of Wessex, two pieces from the pen of Peter Wilson, the orchestra’s resident composer.

Before the interval, we were treated to a masterclass on the Cello with a performance of Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, performed by the orchestra principal cellist Juliet Maclean. Her performance received a standing ovation in what was a faultless performance of the work.

After the internal the orchestra’s principal Clarinettist, Stephen Randall enchanted the audience with a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet concerto No. 2 in Eb Major, receiving a rapturous applause from the over sixty strong audience in attendance.

To close the concert the orchestra performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A ‘The Italian’ to round off a wonderful evening of music making.

Conductor Derek Holland, who with Pat Strack and Andrew Grady founded Elstree Mozart Players was overwhelmed with the outstanding performance of both the orchestra and soloists that performed during the evening’s concert, commenting ‘That he was so pleased to be able to present such a high-quality concert for the townsfolk and to raise the curtain on this year’s Civic Festival’.

The concert raised £200.00 for Woodcock Hill Village Green, a local community charitable organisation that is trying to safeguard a much-loved area of the town from being developed.

At the close of the concert Cllr. Chalice added her vote of thanks for all those had made the evening possible.

This included the churchwarden Pam Kubica, for allowing the use of the church for the evening’s concert, Hazel McAuliffe, Pat Strack, for providing the refreshments; the front of house team which included Cllr. John Graham, Cllr. Sandra Parnell, Andrew & Erika Grady, plus members of the Studio’s Rotary Club, Raymond Shamash, and Sam Covill.

Cllr. Butler then presented some flowers to Juliet Maclean thanking her for the inspirational solo she gave as part of the evenings concert.

The next concert from Elstree Mozart Players is on Saturday 7th October. The orchestra will be presenting, in collaboration with The Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood a charity concert, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The concert will be given at Allum Manor & Hall, Elstree at 7.30pm, and features Glinka Russia and Ludmilla Overture; Pomp & Circumstance March no 1, by Elgar.

Performances of Henry VIII Suite by Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Eric Coates Flight will be performed, both works to be conducted by Guest Conductor Andrew Penny MBE.

The concert also includes a performance of York Bowes Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Peter Busserau, with the Finale for the concert being Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.  It’s a concert not to be missed.

Tickets cost £15.00 with £12.00 concessions, being available from the 1st September 2023

If anyone requiring more information about, or interested in becoming a Patron of the orchestra then please contact either:

Pat Strack on 020 8386 3151 or Andrew Grady on 07802 736628

or E-mail: elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com  

Summer Concert 2023

The next concert is on Sunday 11th June 2023 at 7.30pm we will be performing a concert as part of Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council’s Civic Festival.

The concert will include music by Weber, Mendelson, and Wilson, including performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto, soloist Juliet Maclean.

In addition Barry Solomon and Dylan Lehner will be the soloists in a performance of ‘Quiet City’ by Copeland.

The concert will be rasing funds to support Woodock Hill Village Green

Tickets cost £15.00 with £12.00 concessions on the door with tickets available at £10.00 in advance from Ticket Master https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/elstree-mozart-players/t-eaqqlpx

For more information, please contact either:
Pat Strack on 020 8386 3151 or Andrew Grady on 07802 736628
or E-mail: elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com

CONCERT REVIEW

‘MESSIAH FROM SCRATCH’

SATURDAY 1st APRIL 2023

All SAINTS CHURCH, BOREHAMWOOD

Elstree Mozart Players – Messiah Orchestra 2023

On Saturday 1st April 2023 Elstree Mozart Players organised a concert of Handel’s celebrated ‘Messiah from Scratch’ to support The Peace Hospice, the chosen charity for our Mayor of Hertsmere Cllr. John Graham.

Cllr. Graham, a Patron of the orchestra invited other Mayors’ and civic dignitaries from across Hertfordshire to this concert.

Those in attendance included, The Chair of Hertfordshire County Council, Cllr. Annie Brewster, the Deputy Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Syed Abi, the Mayor of Stevenage Borough Council Cllr. Margaret Notley, the Deputy Mayor of Dacorum District Council Cllr. Alan Johnson, pictured below.

Cllr John Graham, Mayor of Hertsmere with invited Mayors’ and civic dignatories fromn across Hertfordshire

The concert included choir members from Radlett, Wembley, and Borehamwood, along with other individuals interested in being part in the evenings concert.

Soloists for the evening were:

Nicola Hooke, Soprano, who has given several BBC TV and Radio broadcasts for religious programmes, gave a vocal performance presenting tonal balance being a pleasure for the gathered audience to listen to.

Janice Watson, Mezzo Soprano who is well known to concert goes around the globe, renowned for the beauty of her sound, and a recipient of the Kathleen Ferrier Award. Janice’s exquisite voice enthralled the chorus to sing their hearts with open voice.

John Upperton, Tenor, who has appeared with the Royal Opera House, English National Opera gave an enchanted rendition of the Arias within the Messiah.

Stuart Jenkins, Bass who has sung a wide range of choral music and styles and as a soloist he has performed in works by Handel, Purcell, Mozart, Telemann, Rutter, Gilbert & Sullivan gave a strong performance.

In the Aria ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound’ Stuart was joined by Alison Perry who played her part of the solo trumpet with dignity, as required by the composer.

Derek Holland, Conductor, who with Cllr. Pat Strack and Andrew Grady founded Elstree Mozart Players was overwhelmed with the outstanding performance of both the orchestra and the over 40 members of the gathered combined choirs, commenting ‘That he was so pleased to be able to present such a high-quality concert for the townsfolk and to raise funds for Cllr. John Grahams designated charity for his year in office’.

Derek was also grateful to Louise Sherlock, who acted as chorus master for the evenings concert, and for Chris Gundry, who was our guest leader of the orchestra, in a change to the published programme.

At the close of the concert Cllr Graham added a vote of thanks for all those had made the evening possible, the current ‘Team Lead for The Anglican Churches in Elstree and Borehamwood’, Rev. Louise Collins, and the churchwarden Pam Kubica, for allowing the use of the church for the evenings concert.

Cllr. John Graham thanking the solists for the evening at the close of the concert

Others who made the concert possible were Hazel McAuliffe, Cllr. Sandra Parnell, Cllr. Victor Eni, Sasha and Michael Capocci, Erika Grady, Sam Covill, and Geof Strack.

Elstree Mozart Players

The next concert from Elstree Mozart Players is on Sunday 11th June 2023 as part of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council’s Civic Festival.

It will include music by Weber, Copeland, Mendelson, and Wilson, plus a performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto, soloist Julie Maclean.

Tickets cost £15.00 with £12.00 concessions and will be available from the 1st May 2023.

On Saturday 7th October the orchestra will be presenting, in collaboration with The Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood a charity concert, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The concert will be given at Allum Manor & Hall, Elstree at 7.30pm, and features Glinka Russia and Ludmilla Overture; Pomp & Circumstance March no 1, by Elgar.

Performances of Henry VIII Suite by Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Eric Coates Flight will be presented, both works to be conducted by Guest Conductor Andrew Penny MBE.

The concert also includes a performance of York Bowes Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Peter Busserau, with the Finale for the concert being Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.  It’s a concert not to be missed.

Tickets cost £15.00 with £12.00 concessions, being available from the 1st September 2023

If anyone requiring more information about, or interested in becoming a Patron of the orchestra then please contact either:

Pat Strack on 020 8386 3151 or Andrew Grady on 07802 736628

or E-mail: elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com  

Messiah from Scratch Concert 2023

The orchestra’s 2023 season starts on Saturday 1st April 2023 at 7.30pm presenting a charity concert at All Saints Church in Shenley Road, Borehamwood, in aid of The Peace Hospice in Watford.

This is the designated charity for Cllr. John Graham, Mayor of Hertsmere 2022-3

The concerts feature’s a performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah from Scratch’. If you would like to sing in this concert, please contact Derek Holland on derek.holland3@btopenworld.com

Tickets are £15.00, with £12.00 Concessions at the door, though bought in advance are £10.00 per head, and are available via the below link from 1st February 2023.

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/elstree-mozart-players/t-yaeqazr

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For more information about the orchestra, please contact either:

Pat Strack on 020 8386 3151 or Andrew Grady on 07802 736628
or E-mail: elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com