The Battle of Trafalgar


The Battle of Trafalgar
10-Mar-2015 10:46

A participatory concert for school children 7-11yrs bringing the famous battle to life

The London Mozart Players are delighted to be working again with the Classical Road Show in presenting another fantastic schools concert at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Surrey. On Monday 8th June, the LMP will be joined onstage by David Leonard playing the esteemed role of Nelson/Narrator, dancers from the Central School of Ballet and our wonderful Associate Conductor, Hilary Davan Wetton.

Bookings are being taken from school groups via the Classical Road Show, so please contact Carol Leighton at if you are interested in attending.

There will be two performances lasting one hour at 11.15am and 1.30pm.

£3 Tickets for pupils (7-11yrs) & staff including Teachers’ Pack of songs, word sheets, learning CD and history project.

We are the concert promoters who note the loo breaks and re-write the scripts…

… because boredom is not an option. ‘ Children learn best through participation’ is the favourite maxim of Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor extraordinaire, who relishes wielding his baton fore and aft. In his Classical Road Show concerts, he woos the young audience of nine hundred 7-11yr olds, welding them into a high-performance unit, with the help of co-operative, top professional orchestral players, who conspire in this in-the-round experience.

Add to this specially commissioned pieces and teams of persuasive narrators – David Leonard is a compelling Nelson in the upcoming Battle of Trafalgar, but was equally convincing as Miss Trunchbull in the West End’s Mathilda the Musical recently – and you have a great package of entertaining, musical education.

These concerts are not aimed at school choirs, but include children who think they can’t sing in tune, or don’t even want to try. One favourite quote from a teacher told us of his rugby team of 10yr olds who went sullenly to the concert and sang all the way back in the bus – to the driver’s delight.

The Classical Road Show is a small, musical education charity, which according to one London orchestra manager ‘punches above its weight’. Founded in Guildford in 1988, they moved to the South Bank, London in 2005 and to Cadogan Hall with the RPO in 2006, where they remain. In 2013, they collaborated with the London Mozart Players in Croydon’s Fairfield Halls and now promote concerts there annually. All their concerts sell out.

Music is important. It gives many children a rare chance to shine, it alleviates worries, it bonds dissimilar types, it empowers. It deserves a slot higher up on the school curriculum.

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