London Mozart Players
Founded by Harry Blech in 1949 as the UK’s first chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players (LMP) is regarded as one of the finest ensembles. Former Music Directors are Andrew Parrot, Matthias Bamert and Jane Glover. David Juritz has been Leader of the LMP since 1991. Internationally renowned for its live performances and CD recordings and particularly known for its definitive performances of the core Classical repertoire, it also plays an active part in contemporary music, giving many world premières and commissioning new works, especially of British composers. It has premièred new works by composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tarik O’Regan, Sally Beamish, Cecilia McDowall, Fraser Trainer and Lynne Plowman. The LMP has been Resident Orchestra of Fairfield and the London Borough of Croydon since 1989, performing a series of concerts at Fairfield and undertaking many education and community activities throughout the borough. The LMP receives funding from Croydon Council for its activities in the borough. In addition, the LMP receives project funding and grants from trusts, foundations and many individuals, particularly the Friends of the LMP in Croydon.
Touring is a major part of the orchestra’s schedule, appearing in festivals and concert series throughout the UK and abroad. It is Orchestra in Association of The Anvil, Basingstoke, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, and Portsmouth Grammar School. The LMP regularly performs at major London and national venues. Overseas, the LMP is a regular performer at the Rheingau Festival in Germany and has recently visited Spain, Belgium, France and Ireland.
Recording has played a major part in the orchestra’s life for many years. Currently the LMP is recording its acclaimed Contemporaries of Mozart series with Matthias Bamert, numbering over 20 CDs to date, including works by John Marsh, Salieri, Michael Haydn and Leopold Mozart. Recent releases include symphonies by Vögler and Boccherini.