Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech, the London Mozart Players is the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Known for its unmistakable British roots, the orchestra has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming from Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music. LMP has enjoyed a long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Felicity Lott, Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti, John Suchet and Simon Callow. The orchestra enjoys an international reputation, touring extensively throughout Europe and the Far East, and records frequently for Naxos, Chandos and Hyperion Records.
As resident orchestra of Croydon for nearly 30 years, the ensemble has shown an invigorated and growing commitment to the borough’s cultural life. In 2016, LMP relocated its office from Fairfield Halls to St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, undertaking a rich programme of initiatives within the local community. The 2016/17 season welcomed rising-star cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason (BBC Young Musician of the Year) and renowned concert organist Thomas Trotter in world-class performances to the local venue, and implemented a tailored calendar of events including specialist family concerts, and inclusive collaborations with local community groups and schools.
The orchestra’s award-winning 2017 series, LMPOnTheMove, saw the ensemble pushing the perceived boundaries of classical music performance in Croydon, welcoming new audiences and partnerships into the LMP fold. From performing a live film score on top of a shopping mall car park, to playing a house music set at Boxpark with young DJ/producer Shift K3Y, OnTheMove was commended for its innovative outlook and success in reaching out into the diverse communities of the borough. The next series is planned for summer 2018, and LMP is proud to be playing a leading role in Croydon’s bid for the first London Borough of Culture title in 2019.
LMP is the only professional orchestra in the UK to be managed both operationally and artistically by the players, and has enjoyed the patronage of HRH The Earl of Wessex since 1988.