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St John's Smith Square
Smith Square
City of Westminster



Wolfgang Amadeus MozartPiano Concerto no.17 in G major, K.453


Howard Shelley – piano / director

London Mozart Players

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Programme Note

The latest in LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime series. In the week of the LMP's 70th birthday, Howard Shelley plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 which was played in the LMP's very first concert back in 1949.

This concerto, written in 1784, is one of Mozart’s finest. The finale is a sparkling set of variations on a single tune, which Mozart later taught his pet starling to sing; though he noticed that that the bird always held the sixth note (G) too long, and always sang the ninth and tenth notes (both also G) as G-sharp. Howard Shelley gives the full story behind this charming and much-loved piece before giving a bravura performance with the London Mozart Players.

Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.


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