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London Mozart Players

Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech to delight audiences with the works of Mozart and Haydn, the London Mozart Players celebrated its seventieth anniversary in February 2019 and is thus the longest established chamber orchestra in the UK. It has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming, from baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music, and continues to build on its long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists, including Sir James Galway, Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti, John Suchet, and Simon Callow. While it is known for its unmistakable British roots, it enjoys an international reputation, having toured throughout Europe and the Far East, most recently Dubai and Hong Kong, and has developed an extensive discography. The orchestra performs at such prestigious London venues as the Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, and Cadogan Hall, as well as cathedrals and concert halls across the UK. It has been the resident orchestra at Fairfield Halls in Croydon for thirty years and in September 2019 celebrated the reopening of this venue after refurbishment. Its commitment to the cultural life of Croydon has been consistent: during the refurbishment of the Halls, it relocated its office from Fairfield Halls to St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, undertaking an award-winning programme of initiatives within the local community, for example bringing stars such as Nicola Benedetti and Sheku Kanneh-Mason to Upper Norwood in world-class performances. A pioneer of orchestral outreach work, the orchestra has maintained a host of relationships with schools and music hubs across the UK (and recently in Dubai and Hong Kong), working with teachers and heads of music to inspire the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Among the many young musical virtuosi whom the orchestra has championed early in their careers, pursuing a long tradition of promoting young up-and-coming musicians, are Nicola Benedetti, Jacqueline du Pre´, and Yan Pascal Tortelier. The London Mozart Players is the only professional orchestra in the UK to be managed both operationally and artistically by the players, and since 1988 has enjoyed the patronage of HRH The Earl of Wessex.

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