Great Britain | London


23.4. - 6.8.1764 ● Around 25.9.1764 - 24.7.1765
The Mozart's' three-year tour through Western Europe between 1763 and 1766 led the family from Salzburg through Germany and Belgium to Paris. After Paris they continued on to England via Calais, a sojourn that would last 15 months. During this time, Wolfgang and his sister Nannerl gave a number of concerts in England, several of these for the King and Queen. While staying in London, Mozart took the opportunity to meet his contemporary Johann Christian Bach, who exerted an important early influence on his musical style. It was in London that Mozart composed his first two symphonies.

London was the northern-most town of the Mozart's' "Great Western" trip. The family arrived in London on 23rd April 1764 and spent the better part of 1 1/2 years there. King George III and his wife Charlotte warmly welcomed the Mozarts. In fact, the Mozart children performed at Buckingham Palace no less than three times. Wolfgang dedicated various compositions to members of the royal family and met some of the best-known composers of the time. While the public concerts were a great financial success, the family endured other problems. Wolfgang's father Leopold fell heavily sick for seven weeks, and the family relocated to the (former) suburb of Chelsea. There, the children were forbidden from playing music, as the house had to be quiet. During this time, W.A. Mozart composed his first symphonies. The Chelsea works of Wolfgang were noted in the "London Sketchbook". Sister Nannerl composed her own, called "Capricci" (lost today).

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London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, sprawls out from the middle of the London basin far into the surrounding area on both sides of the Thames. Greater London belongs to the largest cities in Europe with 6,970,000 inhabitants, including approximately one million immigrants. As the residence of the Queen, location of government and Parliament as well as numerous educational and cultural institutions of international renown, London is undoubtedly the centre for Great Britain.

London was founded by the Romans in 43 BC as Londinium. Alfred the Great established this place as the English residence. With England's emergence as a world power, bustling commercial London underwent rapid population growth. By the 17th century, it housed over half a million citizens, until many lives were lost to the Plague of 1665 and the “Great Fire” of 1666. At the beginning of the 19th century, the city grew to be more than one million inhabitants.

The great inferno of 1666 destroyed practically the entire centre of London. But a new city emerged from the ashes, crowned with Christopher Wren's St. Paul Cathedral. St. Paul's also survived the bombs of WWII unscathed and ruled over the London skyline until the first massive office buildings of the 60s were built. Numerous historical buildings in the centre of London, festive ceremonies and an array of cultural activities make the British capital the largest attraction in the land.

London can claim over 40 important theatres, five symphony orchestras, the Royal Opera House and a large number of large-scale art galleries and museums. The South Bank on the bank of the Thames is a gigantic cultural centre with concert halls, art galleries and the National Theatre.
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Mozarts Journeys

  • 3rd Journey: Paris to London
    1763 - 1766 Map

Following Mozart

  • Site of home of John Cousins
  • Golden Square
  • Buckingham House rear of the Palace
  • Spring Gardens
  • Little Haymarket Theatre