Event review: Little Red Riding Hood with the London Mozart Players, Tuesday 30th May


By - Thursday 8th June, 2017

Delightful half-term entertainment delivered with gusto


Photo by the London Mozart Players, used with permission.

The latest date by the London Mozart Players on its #LMPOnTheMove tour took place in Croydon Central Library on Thursday 1st June. Energetic storytelling by the skilful Rebecca Kenny was accompanied by five members of the orchestra playing bassoon, French horn, oboe, flute/piccolo and keyboard. The story was Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood – great source material, so they were off to a head start.

The musicians introduced themselves and their instruments and even pulled off a few jokes involving reeds, much to the delight of the young audience. That done, Rebecca began her story, accompanied throughout by an impressive orchestral score. She prowled around the big half term audience of parents and children, playing all the characters with gusto and only a few props. She sniffed and drooled over us, put her wolf’s foot in our faces and licked ears. Her wolf was dopey and her Red Riding Hood feisty. The kids laughed and screamed and generally everyone had a good time including my five year old niece who thought the musicians were “really very, very good, really”.

Photo by the London Mozart Players, used with permission.

I was very happy to finally get a taste of what LMP can do, after sadly missing its performance at the rooftop cinema. Their #LMPOnTheMove tour series is an opportunity to take orchestral music-making to new audiences across the South London community, and in the process reach people of all ages, backgrounds and musical interests, using the time the ensemble is away from its Fairfield Halls base (during refurbishment) and operating from St John the Evangelist’s church, Upper Norwood. These five shows express real commitment to audience development and engagement, not to mention to Croydon. Only the black outfits jarred a little – I would definitely leave those for the concert hall.

To find out more about the continuing #LMPOnTheMove tour, click here.

Anna Arthur

Anna Arthur

Anna Arthur is a mum of three, dog owner and director of Croydonites Festival of New Theatre. Born in the north-east, she grew up just outside of Portsmouth but London and Croydon have been her home for over 20 years. She also works in contemporary dance, but don’t hold that against her.

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