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Mozart’s music today is too often abandoned to the commercialism of chocolate boxes and ‘Mozart for Babies’ CDs, ignoring the far more complex and dramatic context within which it was written.
While many of his compositions were premiered to the applause of archdukes, kings and emperors, the aspiring composer came to the Austrian capital very much an outsider, driving himself into crippling debts in order to remain on the inside.
This season we explore the many facets of Mozart’s world, from imperial glamour and ostentation, to the darker underbelly of late 18th century Austria.
Buy a package from our Mozart journey and receive a free CD of Imogen Copper performing Mozart piano concertos. CDs will be delivered in September for all qualifying subscribers.
Past events in this festival
We start our musical journeys with Lars Vogt in his first concert as Music Director. Explore the...
Lars Vogt Chamber
"I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life." Mozart knew that he had...
Classic FM: Mozart Meets The North
The popular Clarinet Concerto was conceived when Mozart was at a low ebb: his attempts at gaining...
My Mozart Matinee One
This self-directed matinee gives Royal Northern Sinfonia the opportunity to present personal Mozart...
Lars Vogt puts Mozart into context, with works of his immediate classical Viennese contemporaries,...
Originally written for a castrato, but now (for obvious reasons) for soprano, the Exsultate,...
Classic FM: Classical Guitar
The Montenegrin guitarist has taken the classical world by storm; he brings his lightning dexterity...
Mozart Mass In C Minor
Facing the potential loss of his beloved Constanze, who was struck down with illness before their...
RNS Up Close: Timothy Orpen
Royal Northern Sinfonia clarinettist Timothy Orpen has picked a selection of clarinet works,...
Mozart In Paris
The 'Paris' symphony was composed almost in spite of the contemporary French musical styles, but...
My Mozart Matinee Two
The second My Mozart Matinee sees Royal Northern Sinfonia present two key works by Romantic...
Mozart In Prague
Mozart’s symphony revels in his lifelong love affair with the Czech capital, with its intense...
The 'Great G Minor Symphony'
The opening notes of Mozart’s Symphony No.40 adorn the Classical Hall of Fame, with its...
Mozart And His Contemporaries
Mozart had a lifelong admiration for Johann Christian Bach, and it was under the mastercomposer’s...