Ian Page and his ensemble The Mozartists begin the fifth year of their ambitious 27-year MOZART 250 programme, this year looking at 13 year-old Mozart in the year 1769. The ground-breaking project sees the ensemble explore Mozart’s life, works and influences 250 years on, often uncovering new or lesser-known works as they go along. On 29 January 2019 Page and The Mozartists join forces with Swiss-Belgian soprano Chiara Skerath, recently announced as one of the ensembles new Associate Artists, and BBC New Generation Artist James Newby to perform their annual MOZART 250 retrospective concert. The concert explores the music of 1769 with works by Mozart – including a recently rediscovered aria – in addition to his contemporaries Arne, Paisiello, Haydn, C.P.E Bach, Gluck and Mozart’s father Leopold. 

Ian Page says: “Mozart’s compositional output in 1769 was unusually sparse, but this offers us the chance to dig a little deeper in our exploration of the music being written 250 years ago. Our programme on 29 January offers an intriguing cross-section, ranging from music by Mozart’s father and J. S. Bach’s eldest son to charming but rarely performed works by Thomas Arne and Paisiello. The programme also includes two works by Mozart himself, including an unusual and recently rediscovered aria, and concludes with Haydn’s magnificent ‘Maria Theresa’ symphony. We are delighted to be returning to the Southbank Centre with such fascinating and little-known repertoire.”

MOZART 250’s exploration of 1769 continues later in 2019 when Classical Opera and The Mozartists perform the long-overdue UK première of Johann Adolph Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe, featuring all three new Associate Artists Chiara Skerath, Ida Ränzlöv and Gwilym Bowen [28 March, Cadogan Hall] and a Gluck double-bill of Bauci e Filemone and the celebrated Orfeo ed Euridice (in the composer’s 1769 revision, also a UK première) with Ana Maria Labin, Susanna Hurrell, Rebecca Bottone, Rachel Kelly and Gwilym Bowen [29 & 31 May, Southbank Centre]. 

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