MOZART 250 launched in 2015 with the first ever in-depth retrospective of Mozart’s childhood visit to London, during which he wrote his first symphonies and arias.
22 January 2015, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall, London
Mozart 250 began in 2015, the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s childhood sojourn in London, and launched with this fascinating retrospective of the year 1765. The programme featured music written in London, Paris, Vienna, Eisenstadt, Naples and The Hague, and included Mozart’s first symphony and concert arias.
Mozart in London
Friday 20 to Sunday 22 February 2015, Milton Court, London.
A major survey of Mozart’s childhood visit to England.
Classical Opera celebrated the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s childhood stay in London with an immersive weekend of related concerts and talks at Milton Court. Mozart arrived in London in April 1764 as a uniquely talented eight-year-old, and he and his family stayed for fifteen months. This weekend of events was the first major exploration of this important visit, and as well as all the key works that Mozart composed during the period it featured a vibrant cross-section of music that was being performed in London during his stay, some of which had not been heard since the eighteenth century. In addition to the five main concerts the weekend included a series of talks, led by leading Mozart scholar Cliff Eisen, and live foyer music.
Friday 20 February
Saturday 21 February
Capricious Lovers: the English Opera in Mozart’s London
Sunday 22 February
The Genesis of Genius: Mozart’s Chelsea Notebook
14, 16, 18 April 2015, 7.00pm, Britten Theatre, London
Johann Christian Bach’s Adriano in Siria was premiered at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket on 26 January 1765, the day before the young Mozart – who was visiting London at the time – celebrated his ninth birthday. Bach had come to London in 1762, having been commissioned to write two operas for the King’s Theatre, and apart from a couple of trips to Mannheim and Paris he was to remain here for the rest of his life. He and Mozart became good friends during Mozart’s fifteen-month stay in the English capital, and Mozart, who rarely had a good word to say about his fellow composers, was later to write of Bach, “I love him with all my heart, and I have the highest regard for him”. The Mozarts would almost certainly have attended at least one performance of Adriano in Siria, and the work’s remarkable beauty cannot have failed to exert an influence on the young composer as he strove to develop his own musical style.