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

Festive Concert in aid of the Foodbank

On Saturday 10th December Elstree Mozart Players, presented a fundraising Festive Concert in aid of Borehamwood Foodbank.

The charity is the designated causes for the mayor of the town Cllr Sandra Parnell, raising over £200.

The concert was attended by The Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere Borough Council, Cllr Victor Eni, with the Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Clive Butchins, and his wife Elaine, who was deputising for the town mayor.

From left to right: Cllr. Clive Butchins, Deputy Mayor EBTC, Cllr. Pat Strack, Leader EBTC, Andrew Grady, Sasha Capocci, and Cllr. Victor Eni, Deputy Mayor Hertsmere Borough Council.

At the beginning of the concert Cllr. Eni welcomed everyone to the concert, and introduced the Leader of the Orchestra Lucy Cumming, and then the conductor, Derek Holland.

The audience were enthralled by a performance of an eighteen-year-old Cellist Edwin Gatward of Rococo’s Theme for Cello and Orchestra.

The orchestra performed a programme of seasonal festive music or all tastes, featuring Overture to Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, which was conducted by Adrian Brown, a Patron of the Elstree Mozart Players. Adrian was a pupil of Sir Adrian Boult and has conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as many well-known orchestras around the country.

Also performed were Sleigh Ride from Three German dances K605 by Mozart, Polonaise from Christmas Eve Suite by Rimsky Korsakov; three movements from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky: Trepak, Dance of the Mirlitons Waltz of the Flowers, a Short Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Dorothy Parke, and Autumn from The Seasons by Alexandar Glazunov.

Also performed were two pieces from the pen of the resident composer for the Orchestra, Peter Wilson: The Field Marshals Baton and Emerald Green.

The gathered audience joined the Orchestra in singing two Christmas carols: O come all ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing both arranged by Sir David Willcocks.

At the close of the concert Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Clive Butchins offered a vote of thanks to all those who had made the evening possible, and read a short speech from The Food Bank and town mayor Cllr Sandra Parnell.

The next orchestral concert featuring Elstree Mozart Player is on Saturday 1st April 2023 and will be performing Handel’s Messiah from Scratch, see below poster for more details.

Christmas Extravaganza Concert 2022

Elstree Mozart Players is on Saturday 10th December, performing a seasonal concert of Yuletide classics, plus a solo performance of Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra by Edwin Gatward.

The concert will commence at 7.30pm and is being held at Allum Hall and Manor and is in aid of the Mayor of the town’s chosen charity, Borehamwood Foodbank.=.

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:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/elstree-mozart-players/christmas-extravaganza-concert/e-oxxebx

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

Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice Charity Concert

On Saturday 19th November Elstree Mozart Players, working in partnership with The Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood presented a fundraising concert in aid of The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, which is based in Barnet.

The charity is one of the designated causes for the Studio Rotary’s Club President, Sasha Capocci.

The concert raffle raised £400.00 for the Noahs Ark Children’s Hospice.

The Mayor and consort of Hertsmere Borough Council, Cllr John Graham, and his wife Barbara, plus town mayor Cllr Sandra Parnell were in attendance.

The audience were enthralled by the performance of internationally renowned soprano Janice Watson who performed several well-known Arias, such as ‘Strida La Vampa’ by Verdi, ‘The Suns whose Rays’ from the Mikado, and ‘Habanera’ from Bizet’s Carmen as part of the evenings concert.

Janice Watson with Elstree Mozart Players

The orchestra performed a programme of ‘light classical music’ for all tastes, featuring many well known pieces, such as The Light Caverly by Suppé, The Merchant of Venice Suite by Arthur Sullivan, The Emperor Waltz Op 437 by Johan Strauss, concluding the concert with The Cockaign Overture (In London Town) by Sir Edward Elgar

At the close of the concert Town Mayor Cllr Parnell, offered a vote of thanks to all those who had made the evening possible, which included Sasha Capocci, Pat Strack, Andrew Grady, along with other members from the Studio Rotary Club who had assisted in the running of the evenings concert.

Elstree Mozart Players
From left to right, Derek Holland, Cllr Sandra Parnell, Janice Watson, Cllr John Graham, Barbara Graham, and Sasha Capocci.

Sasha Capocci present Janice Watson with a bouquet of flowers at the close of the concert in recognition of her wonderful performances during the evenings concert.

Janice Watson (centre) pictured with Studio Rotary Club President Sasha Capocci (left) and the clubs President Elect Andrew Grady (right)

The next orchestral concert featuring Elstree Mozart Player is on Saturday 10th December, and will include a seasonal concert of Yuletide classics, plus a solo performance of Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra by Edwin Gatward.

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/elstree-mozart-players/christmas-extravaganza-concert/2022-12-10/19:30/t-krdnqem

Noahs Ark Charity Concert – Saturday 19th November 2022

Elstree Mozart Players will presenting a special charity concert on Saturday 19th November in Allum Manor & Hall, Allum Lane, Elstree in aid of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet, the charity for the year of The Studios Rotary Club Of Elkstree and Borehamwood, Sasha Capocci.

Please support this concert for a very worthwhile organisation.

This concert will feature works by Suppe, Montague Philips, Sullivan, J Strauss 2, and Elgar. Internationally renowned Soprano Janice Watson will also be singing some popular aria’s as apart of the evenings concert.

Tickets will be £15.00, with £12.00 Concessions. Tickets bought in advance will be 10.00 per head.

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

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

or E-mail: elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com

Elstree Mozart Players – Autumn Concert Review Saturday 8th October 2022

The Elstree Mozart Players was founded in 2018 by Derek Holland, in partnership with Pat Strack and Andrew Grady.

The third concert of the 2022 season was held on Saturday 8th October 2022 at Allum Hall & Manor.

The proceeds from the concert are to go to the Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood which raised around £200.00 for work the club does supporting several community-based projects.

The concert featured works by Offenbach, Walton, Smetana, Coates and White.

Sasha Capocci, President of the Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree, and Borehamwood welcomed everyone to the evening’s concert.

Also in attendance was the Mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr John Graham. In addition, Cllr Clive Butchins, Deputy Town Mayor, along with other representatives from the town council.

As a mark of reflection to her late majesty the Queen the orchestra performed Elgar’s Aubade from the Nursery Suite.

The concert a performance of ‘ Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No1 in G Minor Op 26, performed by Albert Kayedpour, currently in his final year of Postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Albert gave a wonderful performance of this concerto, which received a standing ovation from the audience.

At the close of the 1st half of the evenings concert the orchestra performed William Walton March Crown Imperial, a work that has been performed at the coronation of King George V1, and our late monarch Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

The concert also featured Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concert, performed by Nathan Mansell. Nathan began playing the Tuba whilst at primary school at the tender age of 7, joining Borehamwood Brass at the age of 10.  

Nathan is now in his 4th year studies at the Royal College of Music, and gave a thrilling performance of this work, which was greatly appreciated by the audience.

The concert also featured two works from the orchestra’s resident composer Peter White: Concert March Team Spirit and a concert Waltz Sapphire Blue, with the composer joining the orchestra playing the piano.

The evening was rounded off with a resounding performance of Eric Coates famous Dambusters March.

The orchestral management of Elstree Mozart Players would like to thank Allum Hall & Manor for hosting this concert.

In addition, we are also grateful for the support received from the Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree & Borehamwood in staging this concert, in particular Andrew Grady, Michael and Louise Ezuma, Nick Male, and Pat Strack, and Sasha Capocci, with assistance from Erika Grady.

The next concert by Elstree Mozart Players will be on Saturday 19th November in Allum Manor & Hall, Allum Lane, Elstree.

This concert will feature works by Suppe, Montague Philips, Sullivan, J Strauss 2, and Elgar.

Tickets will be £15.00, with £12.00 Concessions. Tickets bought in advance will be 10.00 per head.

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

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

or E-mail: elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com  

Elstree Mozart Players Autumn Concert 2022

The next concert by Elstree Mozart Players will be on Saturday 8th October 2022, at Allum Manor & Hall in Allum Lane, Elstree WD6 3PJ.

This concert will feature works by Coates, Johann Strauss II, Offenbach, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Peter Wilson and White.

It will include two solo performances. One given by Nathan Mansell, who will be performing a Tuba Concerto, by Vaughan Williams. The second Bruch’s Violin Concerto featuring Albert Keyedpour.

Tickets £15.00, with £12.00 Concessions, and in advance £10.00. For anyone requiring tickets, then please contact either Pat Strack on 020 8386 3151 or Andrew Grady on 07802 736628 or E-mail: elstreemozartplayers@outlook.com

This concert will be supporting the Rotary Charities as this concert is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood. Tickets will be available on the door, but we advise to reserve your seat to avoid