The UK’s first chamber orchestra surprised commuters by performing live in the station with soloist, Howard Shelley, on the iconic Elton John piano
Tuesday 25th September: St Pancras International played host to the 25-piece London Mozart Players orchestra today, alongside world-class pianist and conductor Howard Shelley - with an exclusive live performance to celebrate the group’s 70th anniversary.
Forming part of the station’s ongoing calendar of events, including new and exciting art and music experiences, the live spectacle performed by the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra delighted passers-by on the station’s main concourse. The group has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous and creative programming, from Baroque to genre-crossing contemporary music. Touring across the globe, the orchestra has worked with some of the world’s finest artists, including Sir James Galway, Dame Felicity Lott and Nicola Benedetti.
Ordinarily, the London Mozart Players perform in premier concert platforms such as the Southbank Centre, St John’s Smith Square and Cadogan Hall. But today - to mark their 70th season and the stations 150th anniversary - they had the exclusive chance to play to the public under the station’s iconic roof.
Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 Ltd. says, “As a destination known for offering visitors new and exciting art and music experiences, St Pancras International is honoured to have hosted Howard Shelley and The London Mozart Players. St Pancras International will celebrate its own milestone next week, as the station marks its 150th birthday, so it was fantastic to watch a live orchestra perform around the Elton John piano to kick start the birthday season.”
Julia Debruslais, Executive Director at London Mozart Players, comments: ‘The London Mozart Players always strive to break down the ‘fourth’ wall between its musicians and the audience, and they definitely achieved this at St Pancras International today. It was such a privilege for the LMP to perform with internationally famous pianist, Howard Shelley, the LMP's conductor laureate, who was playing on the station’s famous Elton John piano’.