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Project information

MOZART 250 2018

In Jan 2018, we launch the 4th year of MOZART 250. Described by The Observer as ‘among the most audacious classical music scheduling ever’, this innovative 27-year project follows the trajectory of Mozart’s life, looking back 250 years to explore the works of Mozart and his contemporaries.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Classical Opera

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  • Need


    Mozart is arguably the greatest composer of all time, and yet much of his music suffers from a lack of context. His early operas are frequently dismissed as inconsequential in comparison to his mature works, but when considered in the context of the contemporary music landscape they are shown to be astonishingly beautiful. A lack of knowledge about these works means that few people have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful music, which also offers a fascinating insight into Mozart’s develop.


    Launched in 2015, MOZART 250 is a unique exploration of Mozart’s life and work. Each year until 2041 we will perform all of his major works during their 250th anniversary year, alongside works by key contemporaries. In 2018 we will explore the year 1768 in 4 landmark performances and deliver 2 education projects to 300+ children, and we also plan to continue our complete Mozart opera recording cycle. MOZART 250 also provides emerging artists with crucial training and performance opportunities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To present an exciting retrospective of 1768, the 4th year of our ambitious MOZART 250 project.


    » Present '1768 - a retrospective' at Wigmore Hall in Jan 2018. The concert includes works by Mozart, Haydn, J C Bach & Vanhal, and a pre-concert talk.
    » Present a new production of Mozart's opera, La finta semplice, at Southbank Centre (our company debut debut) and Birmingham Town Hall (June 2018).
    » In September 2108, present a concert of Mozart's Bastien & Bastienne at Wigmore Hall, marking our 2018/19 Season Launch.

    What success will look like

    A full concert hall: our aim is to fill 532 seats (95% capacity).
    Positive reviews in the press
    The delivery of a successful marketing campaign
    Positive feedback from audiences

    Aim 2

    To support, nurture and develop world-class young singers at the beginnings of their career.


    » Specialist coaching and mentoring from our Artistic Director and conductor, Ian Page, & a bursary to contribute towards training for newest intakes.
    » The opportunity to perform and record alongside internationally renowned singers and orchestral musicians providing valuable experience and exposure.
    » Extended rehearsal periods, allowing the artists time to explore their roles in detail while benefiting from the experience of the Artistic Director.
    » Our dedicated Young Artist Project will be rare performance of Haydn's Applausus, in which all the main roles will be young singers (March 2018).

    What success will look like

    Singers will demonstrate improved musicianship; gain knowledge of 18th century musical style and repertoire; grow in confidence, improve their profile and career prospects.

    Aim 3

    Release an archive recording of the Mozart in London Festival Weekend, which launched MOZART 250.


    » In April, we will release an achive recording of the Mozart in London Festival Weekend, (Barbican Centre, February 2015), on Signum Records.

    What success will look like

    Positive reviews in the press
    Growing online sales via various outlets (Classical Opera website, iTunes, Amazon, Signum Records etc.)
    Strong CD orders from members and friends

    Aim 4

    Engage and inspire 120 children and their teachers in a MOZART 250 schools project in London.


    » In January, the project team will host an INSET to introduce teachers from participating schools to the project.
    » Between Feb and May, the project team will deliver 5 music workshops to each participating class, helping them to compose their own operas.
    » Participating classes will take part in a Discovery Day at the V&A to learn about 18th-century Europe.
    » Classes will come together in May to present a staged performance of their operas for friends and families.

    What success will look like

    120 children will visit the V&A, work alongside professional singers & musicians, learn about the Classical Period, receive singing coaching & take part in a final performance.

    Aim 5

    Engage and inspire 200 children and their teachers in a MOZART 250 schools project in Birmingham.


    » Ian Page will conduct an outstanding cast in a concert performance of Mozart’s early opera La finta semplice at Birmingham Town Hall (June 2018).
    » The concert will be supplemented by a pre-concert talk by Ian Page, who will introduce the opera and provide context for this fascinating early work.
    » We will deliver an immersive Orchestra Discovery Session for c.200 local school children and their teachers in partnership with Birmingham Town Hall.
    » We will subsidise an allocation of £5 tickets to Classical Opera’s performance at Birmingham Town Hall for up to 120 children and their families.

    What success will look like

    200+ children will learn about Mozart opera, experience a live orchestra, and meet the conductor and players, providing a foundation for further music in local schools.

  • Impact


    - Increased awareness of Mozart’s early works, and greater appreciation for the music of the Classical era as a whole
    - Improved career prospects for young singers so that they are better equipped to cope with the demands of the profession
    - Improved self-esteem, coordination, communication & team work of young children participating in our projects
    - Innovative teaching technique for teachers involved in our schools’ projects
    - Wider audiences for MOZART 250 performances by Classical Opera


    The primary risk to these projects is lack of funding. However, we have solid finance management procedures in place and are confident that we can fund these projects through a variety of income streams, including grants and donations. Besides funding, there is a risk that an artist may fall ill and be unable to perform. For concerts, we would draw on our industry network to find a suitable replacement. For artistic and education projects, we have budgeted contingency.


    Donors who support these projects will receive regular progress updates throughout the year. In addition, we encourage our donors to engage with Classical Opera on a personal level by inviting them to private receptions and events where they are able to meet the team and the artists.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £255,785

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      Amount Heading Description
      £112,404 Artistic: artist fees Performance and rehearsals costs: 2x concerts & 1x opera production
      £90,509 Artistic: production costs Production costs: rehearsals and performances (2x concets & 1x opera production)
      £7,958 Contingency For 2x concerts & 1x opera production
      £5,000 Bursaries Includes 3x Associate Artist bursaries and 5x artist publicity photos
      £19,560 London ed: project team costs Project leader, singing animateur, design workshop and research leader, x3 musicians
      £12,109 London ed: operational costs Includes management costs, open rehearsal, filming and contingency
      £4,775 Birm ed: artist fees Discovery Day
      £3,470 Birm ed: operational costs Includes travel, management costs & contingency.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Foyle Foundation £14,000 Guaranteed
    John Lyon's Charity £20,000 Guaranteed
    The Carne Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    The Sackler Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    The Garrick Charitable Trust £2,500 Guaranteed
    Birmingham Town Hall performance fee £8,000 Guaranteed
    Birmingham Town Hall contribution towards education project £4,122 Guaranteed
  • Background


    '1768 - a retrospective' will take place in London's Wigmore Hall. Haydn’s Applausus, our Young Artist Project, will take place at Cadogan Hall. We will be making our début at the Southbank Centre (Queen Elizabeth Hall) with a new staged production of Mozart’s La finta semplice. We will also perform La finta semplice at Birmingham Town Hall. We will deliver education projects in Birmingham (in partnership with Birmingham Town Hall) and London (in partnership with Ealing Music Service).


    - Concert goers of all ages and backgrounds. - Young people in particular will benefit from special ticket prices for under-36s
    - The young artists who we support will benefit from coaching, mentoring and performance opportunities
    - Primary school children and their teachers who
    will take part in our education projects
    - Partner venues who will have the potential to bring in new audiences through leveraging Classical Opera's support base
    - Donors, who can see the direct impact of their giving

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Renowned for high-quality performances and imaginative programming, Classical Opera has an unrivalled reputation for nurturing and championing emerging talent. Artists who work with us enjoy long, fruitful relationships with the company through their careers. Through M250, we're committed to broadening our reach and delivering quality music-led projects in localities where we work. Our outreach work responds to a clear need for greater engagement with music & better education in primary schools

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ian Page, Artistic Director And Conductor

    Our Artistic Director devises and casts all concerts and recordings. He also provides one-to-one training and mentoring for our Associate Artists.


    Our world-class singers and period-instrument orchestra have received widespread acclaim for the quality and vitality of their craft.

    Administrative Team

    Classical Opera is supported by a team of highly skilled, dedicated and ambitious individuals who share Ian's vision for the future.

    Yogesh Dattani, Head Of Service, Ealing Music Service

    Ealing Music Service provides local schools with high quality creative learning opportunities, and is keen to develop an ongoing partnership with us.