The London Mozart Players was deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden death in April of David Angel, beloved colleague and friend, co-principal 2nd violinist with the LMP for the past 22 years. David will be remembered for his enthusiasm, energy, musical integrity, consummate musical knowledge, and particularly his wonderful sense of humour that could lift any situation. All who came into contact with him were touched by his gentleness, generosity and humility. He is a massive loss to the world of classical music and irreplaceable as a musician and personality within the LMP.
The LMP and the Maggini quartet will be celebrating David’s life with a free concert on Sunday, 29 October, 2017 from 4:00pm–6:00pm to be held at the Church of St John the Evangelist, London, SE19 2RX. This will be a warm and informal occasion for friends and family to remember and celebrate David and his huge contribution to classical music.
MOZART Magic Flute Overture
ELGAR String Quartet (mov.II) (Maggini Quartet)
ELEANOR ALBERGA New Commission
MOZART Symphony No.41 in C K.551 ‘Jupiter’
The concert will feature the London Mozart Players and the Maggini Quartet, with appearances by Hilary Davan Wetton, Howard Shelley and Andrew Fardell. A highlight will be a special new commission for string quartet and chamber orchestra by Eleanor Alberga. Musicians who would like to join the orchestra for their performance of Mozart’s Symphony No.41 (Shelley) as a tribute to David are invited to contact the LMP office on 020 8686 1996.
The concert is free, but please book in advance via londonmozartplayers.com to secure your seat.
David Angel was a founder pupil of the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Yehudi Menuhin, Frederick Grinke, Jacqueline Salomons and Nadia Boulanger. In 1971 he won an Associated Board Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, continuing his studies with Frederick Grinke and receiving chamber music coaching from Sidney Griller, winning prizes for both solo and chamber music. He was a co-founder of the Maggini Quartet in 1988.
David’s solo playing received great acclaim, winning high praise in The Times for performances of Bach’s Chaconne and E major Concerto with the London Contemporary Dance, and in the Financial Times in 1988 for a performance at the Almeida Festival. He played Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on many occasions, notably at the Barbican with the London Mozart Players, and was a soloist with London Musici.
Co-principal of the second violin section of the London Mozart Players, he led the second violins of many top London chamber orchestras, including the London Chamber Orchestra, London Musici, Orchestra of St. John’s and Sinfonia 21.
David was an ARAM and in demand as a teacher and chamber music coach; in autumn 1993 he was appointed Professor of quartet playing at Birmingham Conservatoire, and he was also an Honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University College and Brunel University.