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The London Mozart Players (LMP) was founded by Harry Blech as the UK’s first chamber orchestra. The LMP has achieved international renown for its concert performances and recordings of the core Classical repertoire. Principal conductor Gérard Korsten continues the strong Classical tradition begun by Blech, and developed by past music directors Jane Glover, Matthias Bamert and Andrew Parrott. Hilary Davan Whetton is associate conductor, whilst Howard Shelley, as conductor laureate, continues a 25-year association with the LMP which over the years has also worked closely with many of the world’s finest soloists. The LMP also plays an active part in contemporary music, giving many world premières and commissioning new works by, in recent years, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Dove, Tarik O’Regan, Sally Beamish, Cecilia McDowall, Lynne Plowman, and Fraser Trainer. In March 2011 the LMP appointed Roxanna Panufnik as associate composer. Since 1989, the LMP’s home has been Fairfield Halls, Croydon where the orchestra gives a series of community concerts. Touring is a major part of the orchestra’s schedule, with regular appearances at festivals and concert series throughout the UK, across Europe and in the Far East. The LMP is engaged in an extensive and highly regarded education, community and audience development programme, working in several outer-London boroughs, as well as in rural areas across the UK, and there are associations with Royal Holloway College, University of London, Wellington College, Wimbledon College, Portsmouth Grammar School and the Whitgift Foundation Schools in Croydon. Recording has played a major part in the orchestra’s life for many years. A long relationship with Chandos includes many recordings of works by Haydn and Mozart and an acclaimed Contemporaries of Mozart series numbers over 20 CDs. The London Mozart Players are proud to enjoy the Patronage of HRH the Earl of Wessex. In June 2014 the LMP began a new and exciting phase in its history becoming the first chamber orchestra in the UK to be managed both operationally and artistically, by the players.

London Mozart Players
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