Surrey Mozart Players


Saturday 24 June 2023, 7.30 pm

Holy Trinity Church

High Street, Guildford, GU1 3RR

Music for a Summer Evening 

Sibelius - Pélleas et Mélisande
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Annmarie McDade - Violin

Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 

Conductor - Philip Ellis


Tickets: Adult £21.00; 21 & under £5.00 

Book tickets online via Eventbrite (link below).

Via orchestra members at rehearsals. 

Available on the door.

More about the music

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony is a miraculous work, peppered with countless musical innovations, slights of hand, form, harmony and invention. We can marvel at each moment of genius, but it’s not why we love the piece so much. We love the exuberance, elan and sheer energy of this affectionate portrait of Italy and its people, playing against Mendelssohn’s great sadness at the deaths of three close friends – he produced a life-affirming masterpiece.


The great Finnish master Sibelius is unsurpassed at conjuring atmosphere and feeling out of seemingly nothing. His Suite Pelléas et Mélisande carries great weight and meaning, creating an entire world of brooding tragedy - yet at the same time it is slight and beautiful.  


Completing our Summer evening, Vaughan Williams “The Lark Ascending” offers us a pastoral idyll; a devotional poem to nature, the English countryside and its folk song, another work exploring great heights even at the edge of silence.  Annmarie McDade is our glorious avian explorer.

More about the conductor

This concert will be conducted by Philip Ellis who has recently been appointed as Music Director of the Surrey Mozart Players.  Meet him on YouTube here.

Since winning first prize in the Leeds Conductors’ Competition in 1991, Philip Ellis has worked extensively throughout the UK conducting many concerts with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, City of London Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia and over 400 concerts with English Sinfonia.  He is a passionate supporter of Music Education and has worked extensively with amateur orchestras, community and youth groups throughout his career.  He is very much looking forward to a long and exciting collaboration with Surrey Mozart Players as their new Music Director, working together with this wonderful orchestra on the next stage of their already distinguished musical journey.

He made his international debut conducting the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 1987, leading to engagements with Hong Kong Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra, Flanders Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony, National Orchestra of Mexico, Western Australian Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Würtembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Neue Philharmonie Westfallen and many broadcast concerts with the BRTN Philharmonic (Brussels) for radio and television.

Philip Ellis works extensively as a conductor for dance.  As conductor for Birmingham Royal Ballet since 1989, he has conducted the majority of their productions.  He also regularly guest-conducts for international ballet companies: The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, La Scala Ballet in Milan, Paris Opera Ballet at the Opera Garnier, The Australian Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Hong Kong Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Korean National Ballet and Gothenburg Ballet.

On CD, he has recorded Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf and Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals with the Philharmonia. Copland Rodeo, Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, El Salon Mexico and a series of Concert Classics discs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Contemporary Clarinet Concertos for Nimbus with Emma Johnson and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with Dimitri Ferschtman, recorded live in concert from the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam.   


In his free time, he is a keen artist, particularly interested in portraiture - working in a wide range of media. A selection of his work can be seen on his website and on instagram @philellisart

More about the venue

Venue Location

The concert takes place at Holy Trinity Church in the centre of Guildford.

Holy Trinity Church
High Street

By Road

Guildford is reached via the A3 (London or Portsmouth directions).  

By Train

The church is approximately 10 minutes walk from Guildford Mainline Station which is served by regular trains to/from London Waterloo and Victoria, Portsmouth, Reading, Gatwick Airport, Haselmere and Ascot.


The nearest car park is:

Castle Car Park, Sydenham Road, GU1 3RW (for Holy Trinity & Trinity Centre)


A ramp is available at one of the entrances to the church.  Please contact us on if you have any specific requirements.


Drinks will be available before the concert and during the interval.