London Mozart Players

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London Mozart Players
Chamber orchestra
Founded1949; 74 years ago (1949)
Concert hallFairfield Halls, Croydon

London Mozart Players (LMP) are a British chamber orchestra founded in 1949. LMP are the longest-established chamber orchestra in the United Kingdom.[1] Since 1989, the orchestra has been Resident Orchestra at Fairfield Halls, Croydon.[2]



The orchestra was formed in 1949 by violinist Harry Blech. Having just branched out into conducting, he was approached by pianist Dorothea Braus to arrange and conduct an all-Mozart concert at Wigmore Hall.[3] Blech continued to arrange and perform increasingly successful concerts with the London Mozart Players, which lead to regular broadcasts by the BBC.[3] The orchestra performed in the opening week's events at the Royal Festival Hall in 1951and became regulars there and later at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.[3]

Later history and present day[edit]

Musicians associated with the Players include James Galway, Felicity Lott, Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, John Suchet and Simon Callow. Nicola Benedetti, Jacqueline du Pré and Jan Pascal Tortelier played early in their careers with the orchestra. At present, it welcomes soloists such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jess Gillam and Anna Lapwood. Leia Zhu is the current Young Artist-in-Residence.[4] It tours Europe and the Far East, and records for Naxos, Chandos and Hyperion Records.

In London, the orchestra performs in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall, as well as in cathedrals and other concert venues across the UK. LMP are the resident orchestra at Croydon's Fairfield Halls. In 2016, it temporarily relocated its offices to St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood. It is managed both operationally and artistically by the players. The orchestra has enjoyed the patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh since 1988.[5]

Principal conductors[edit]

Contemporaries of Mozart series[edit]

In 1993, the London Mozart Players began a series of recordings for Chandos Records of works by lesser-known eighteenth-century composers, entitled the Contemporaries of Mozart series. Many of these recordings have drawn widespread critical acclaim and have been credited with bringing these lesser-heard composers to the public light. A number of releases have also been awarded Editor's Choice in Gramophone magazine. The series includes works by:


  1. ^ "70 Years of the London Mozart Players – In Pictures". Journal of Music. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  2. ^ "London Mozart Players return to Fairfield Halls as Resident Orchestra". Rhinegold. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  3. ^ a b c Potter, Tully (12 May 1999). "Obituary: Harry Blech". The Guardian.
  4. ^ 2021-09-30T09:33:00+01:00. "London Mozart Players name violin prodigy Leia Zhu as artist in residence". The Strad. Retrieved 2022-10-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ London Mozart Players
  6. ^ CHANNEL, THE VIOLIN (2022-10-05). "Jonathan Bloxham Named as Conductor in Residence of the London Mozart Players". World's Leading Classical Music Platform. Retrieved 2023-01-09.

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