UK chamber orchestra the London Mozart Players (LMP) is set to become player-run in order to ‘counter recent funding cuts’, the group said in a statement. In January, the LMP revealed there was ‘a major funding problem that has necessitated a re-evaluation of the way in which the management of the orchestra operates. The orchestra has become increasingly dependent on local authority grants that are no longer sustainable.’
This year will see two major departures from the LMP: Simon Funnell will vacate his role as managing director in March, followed by the parting of principal conductor Gérard Korsten in May. Neither will be replaced, instead the LMP will function as a core group of orchestral members led by management consultant Viv Davies.
In a new statement, the group said there was a ‘unanimous commitment to ensuring the LMP will continue to occupy an exciting and dynamic position in the musical life of the UK and on the international stage.’
A gala fundraising concert is set to take place for the orchestra on 29 April in Kensington.