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Project information

Mozart 250 in 2015

Mozart 250 will explore the chronological trajectory of Mozart's life, music and influences exactly 250 years later, beginning (in 2015) with his childhood visit to London in 1765. Projects include a festival weekend, staged production of J.C. Bach's 'Adriano in Siria' and new learning programme.

January 2015 - June 2015

Charity information: Classical Opera

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  • Need


    Mozart is arguably the most famous composer of all time, and opera his most important genre. Many of his operas and other works are rarely performed and little known despite their astonishing beauty and accomplishment. There is a real need to accessibly bring this music to wide and new audiences of all ages, and a celebration of this important cultural anniversary for London offers an ideal opportunity to explore and celebrate Mozart's life, music and world.


    Performances, concerts and a new outreach programme will bring Mozart's early music to the widest possible audience and explore the cultural landscape of London in 1765. New partnerships with the Museum of London, Milton Court and the British Library will bring alive heritage and music, whilst a tour of a new production of J.C. Bach's 'Adriano in Siria' will bring this rarely performed but exquisite work to audiences in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To illuminate the life and work of Mozart exactly 250 years later.


    » A new strand of programming will explore Mozart's work, life and influences, as well as major works by his contemporaries, exactly 250 years later.
    » Projects include a '1765 Retrospective' concert, staged production and tour of 'Adriano in Siria' and 'Mozart in London' Festival weekend.
    » Digital activity and development on online platforms will seek to offer audiences new ways of engaging with Mozart's music and world.

    What success will look like

    Projects will be of the highest quality, achieving public and critical success. Digital and other resources will offer audiences further opportunities to explore music and context.

    Aim 2

    To expand Classical Opera's audiences, and engage new groups with Mozart's work


    » Learning and Engagement work will invite young people to take part in a music and heritage project in partnership with the Museum of London
    » Audience development initiatives focusing on those aged 35 and under will offer younger audiences access to performances, events and digital content.
    » Touring activity outside of London will engage new audiences in Manchester and Birmingham.

    What success will look like

    Audience figures will grow, particularly regional audiences, younger audiences, and those participating in new learning activities.

  • Impact


    Mozart’s reputation as arguably the greatest opera composer still rests on only a third of his operas. Our work will offer audiences a fresh perspective and overview of his complete canon, and provide an innovative and unique way in which to inspire current and future generations.


    The main risk is that we do not secure sufficient funding to bring the projects to fruition, but we are confident in our comprehensive fundraising campaign for each element of the programme. We have strict financial governance to ensure that we don’t make firm commitments that we cannot honour.


    Funders of our projects receive regular progress reports, and we involve many donors closely with our work, for example, inviting them to attend rehearsals, meet artists, attend pre-performance talks, etc. We also organise private events around many of our projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £225,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 'Mozart in London' Weekend A weekend of concerts, talks, and other activities exploring Mozart's only stay in London in 1765
      £15,000 Learning Project A new flagship learning project for 60 school children in partnership with the Museum of London
      £100,000 Adriano in Siria Production Production and artist costs for a staged production of J.C. Bach's 'Adriano in Siria'
      £45,000 Touring costs For performances in Manchester and Birmingham
      £15,000 1765 Retrospective concert Production and artist fees

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Box Office Income £60,000 Conditional
    Trusts and Foundations £20,000 Guaranteed
    Trusts and Foundations £20,000 Conditional
    Individual Pledges £50,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Classical Opera's performances will take place in London venues including Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Milton Court and the Britten Theatre. Touring performances will take place in Manchester and Birmingham.


    - The general public, concert goers, music students, and young people.
    - School children and young people, participating in learning and engagement projects
    - Performers, for whom it will provide an invaluable professional experience and training opportunity.
    - Donors, who will receive the satisfaction of bringing these projects to fruition, and have opportunities to become closely involved with the company’s work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Classical Opera has developed a superb reputation and following for its performances of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries. Under Artistic Director Ian Page, it has an outstanding track record for the freshness and quality of its interpretations and its development of world-class young singers, and its period instrument orchestra comprises many leading practitioners. Our perfomances and recordings have all attracted widespread praise and recognition.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ian Page

    The company’s Artistic Director and Conductor coaches and mentors our young artists, and also devises all our concert and recording programmes.

    Our Artists

    Our casts and orchestra are widely recognized as being among the leading practitioners of their generation.

    Our Administrative Team

    Our staff are highly skilled and we have a track record in delivering complex and ambitious artistic projects.