London Mozart Players return to St John's Smith Square alongside Howard Shelley for their highly anticipated Piano Explored lunchtime series. In their Christmas special, the ensemble's Conductor Laureate unlocks the internal anguish and despair of the Russian composer in his Piano Concerto No. 2, a birthday gift of hope and freedom written for his son, and later the world, to enjoy. ‘The best lunch-break you’ve ever had.’ International Piano Designed for everyone from city workers and resident Londoners to holiday-makers day-trippers, London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored is the perfect addition to your lunch-time. In one whistle-stop hour, pianist and conductor Howard Shelley takes you on an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most recognised works for piano. In LMP's 17/18 season, audiences will uncover the anguish of Shostakovich, reminisce on a classic love story that spiralled Schumann to global success, delve into the grandeur of Mendelssohn in an exclusive two-part mini-series, whisk through Saint-Saens’ rollercoaster-esque creative process and dive into the explosive mind of Grieg.