20140428-080128.jpgI’ve been principal trumpet of the London Mozart Players for 18 years and I’m delighted that we’re now celebrating a new initiative – it is the first UK chamber orchestra to be player-led – and its members are now taking an active and enthusiastic role in developing innovative and creative projects.

Our team of players have been working hard since the new company, London Mozart Players Orchestra Ltd, took over the operational side of the orchestra. Martin Smith: 1st Violin, David Angel: 2nd Violin, Sebastian Comberti: Principal Cello, Julia Desbruslais: Cello, Gareth Hulse: Principal Oboe, Peter Wright: Sub-Principal Trumpet, Ian White Principal Trombone, Ben Hoffnung: Principal Timpani and I are developing some great projects for the future. Here are a few of them:

• Gala fundraising concert at the home of Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair of The British Council

• Gala fundraising event at Buckingham Palace in collaboration with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme

• New London Mozart Players website at lmp.org

• Tour of China May 2014

• An ACE / Croydon Council / Portsmouth Grammar School funded new commission from Jonathon Dove

• Lunchtime concerts with Howard Shelley at St John’s Smith Square 2014 / 2015

• Evening performances at St John’s Smith Square 2014 / 2015

• Sunday afternoon series of chamber concerts in the Fairfield Halls in collaboration with the Friends of the London Mozart Players 2014 / 2015

• New initiatives and collaborations with Sutton Arts

• More recordings during 2014

• Exciting new partnerships with promoters, festivals and venues planned for 2015

• New collaborations with conductors and concert agencies

• Closer links with leaders within the business community

• New initiatives in collaboration with St Martin-in-the Fields 2015

• Development of community and education projects in the South East

We have great support from Viv Davies, David Wilson, Jenny Brady and Martin Saregeson who help us steer the orchestra strategically and administratively and our offices are still based at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The Friends of LMP are committed and passionate about the orchestra and we have the support and good wishes of many professional colleagues. It’s a great time to be in the orchestra. It’s playing well, morale is upbeat and there are exciting times ahead.

Take a look at our new website – it really is quite beautiful – and I hope you’ll show your support by liking my post. I know all the orchestra will appreciate it…