Mozart in London
From 22 July 2023 to 23 July 2023/ Germany / Wesselburen
Exploring Mozart’s childhood visit to London in 1764-5, this concert reveals a cross-section of music that was being written and performed in the English capital during the composer’s 15-month stay. A fascinating view emerges of what was at the time the largest and wealthiest city in the world – a city frequented by Dr Johnson and Horace Walpole, by David Garrick and William Pitt the Elder – and of the musical landscape that was to exert such a formative influence on Mozart’s own compositional style.
Alongside works by Thomas Arne, the ‘London’ Bach and the young Mozart himself, the programme features a range of delightful rarities by composers whose names are now long forgotten, and a selection of readings from Leopold Mozart’s letters and anecdotes from Mozart’s time helps to bring 1760s London to vibrant life.