Neville Osrin appointed Chairman for London Mozart Players Orchestra Ltd


By - Sunday 14th January, 2018

The Board of Directors for Croydon’s resident orchestra, the London Mozart Players Orchestra Ltd (LMP), is delighted to confirm the appointment of business psychologist and consultant Neville Osrin as its new Chairman with effect from 1st January 2018.


Photo by @FodenPhotography2017, used with permission.

Release begins: Neville Osrin takes over from Paul Archibald who is stepping down after three years in the role, whilst remaining on the board.

Paul Archibald commented: ‘After three years as Chairman of the London Mozart Players Orchestra Limited I feel that now is an excellent time to bring in some new ideas that will take the orchestra forward over the coming years. I have been proud to be part of the team that has overseen the transition of the London Mozart Players to a player-governed orchestra. The orchestra has a history of 70 years of high quality music-making and I believe Neville is the right person to guide the next stage of LMP’s exciting journey. The orchestra is a dynamic organisation and I look forward to continuing to play my part as a Director of the
Board of LMP and Principal Trumpet.’

The appointment comes as the LMP looks forward to celebrating its 70th birthday in 2019, and cements a relationship with Mr Osrin who, as a member of the LMP Development Group, has been instrumental in guiding the LMP’s recent initiative in the development of ‘Podium’ – an interactive leadership programme designed to help businesses achieve greater levels of performance through the example of an orchestra’s teamwork and leadership model. Launched in December 2017, Podium fuses the thrill of live music-making with dynamic and insightful analysis of leadership issues.

Neville Osrin commented: ‘Being invited to serve as Chairman of the Board of one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras is both an honour and an immense privilege. In a national and international musical landscape populated by many fine orchestras, the London Mozart Players occupy a near-unique position. It’s performances and many recordings demonstrate the extraordinary and consistent quality of its virtuosity and interpretative strengths. It is directed largely by its leader rather than a conductor, and the players themselves fill key managerial and Board roles. Their outreach programmes, community involvement, commissioning of new works and numerous innovative initiatives reveal an ensemble whose accomplishments are truly beyond the ordinary. I look forward with great pleasure to working with the Board in meeting the many challenges facing those in the arts; enabling the LMP to thrive, while continuing to amaze and delight audiences with their peerless performances.’

Photo by @FodenPhotography2017, used with permission.

In addition to the appointment of Mr Osrin as Chairman, Martin Grainger, sub-principal horn for the LMP since 2014, has also been appointed to the Board of Directors for London Mozart Players Orchestra Ltd. London Mozart Players. Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech, the London Mozart Players is the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Known for its unmistakable British roots, the orchestra has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming from Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music.

LMP has a long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Felicity Lott, Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti, John Suchet and Simon Callow. The orchestra enjoys an international reputation, touring extensively throughout Europe and the Far East, and records frequently for Naxos, Chandos and Hyperion Records. Howard Shelley continues his unique ‘Piano Explored’ series with LMP at St John Smith Square, London, in 2018 with concertos by Mendelssohn and Saint-Saens.

As resident orchestra of Croydon for nearly 30 years, the ensemble has shown an invigorated and growing commitment to the borough’s cultural life. In 2016, LMP relocated its office from Fairfield Halls to St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, undertaking a rich programme of initiatives within the local community. The 2016/17 season welcomed rising-star cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason (BBC Young Musician of the Year) and renowned concert organist Thomas Trotter in world class performances to the local venue, while January 2018 sees violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti join the LMP for a series of engagements at both St John the Evangelist and St John’s Smith Square..

The orchestra’s award-winning 2017 series ‘LMPOnTheMove’ saw the ensemble extending the traditional boundaries of classical music performance in Croydon, welcoming new audiences and partnerships. From performing a live film score on top of a shopping mall car park, to a house music set at Boxpark with young
DJ/producer Shift K3Y, OnTheMove was commended for its innovative outlook and success in reaching out into the diverse communities of the borough. The next series is planned for summer 2018, and LMP is proud to be playing a leading role in Croydon’s bid for the first London Borough of Culture title in 2019.

LMP is the only professional orchestra in the UK to be managed both operationally and artistically by the players, and has enjoyed the patronage of HRH The Earl of Wessex since 1988.

Neville Osrin

Neville Osrin is a business psychologist and independent consultant. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the University of Exeter Business School, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Exeter Centre for Leadership Studies. Born in South Africa, Neville’s career has embraced a broad spectrum of organisational interests and roles: psychologist, executive, industrialist, and consultant. On graduating, he joined an ICI subsidiary to get a taste of the real world, and then spent several years as a research psychologist in the field of organisation and management development. Thereafter he joined SAB-Miller, subsequently being appointed chief executive of a SAB Group company, before deciding to relocate to the UK. After initially establishing a manufacturing enterprise, he joined Steelcase Strafor  and was later appointed Vice-President for Strategic Development and Marketing in Financiere Strafor, a major French multinational. In the late 1980s he was invited by US global consulting firm Hewitt Associates (today Aon-Hewitt) to return to Britain and establish and lead an UK Organisational Effectiveness practice. On his retirement as a Partner in Hewitt in 2005, he was introduced the University of Exeter where he became the founding Director of the Professional Network at the Centre for Leadership Studies.

Neville has lived in Britain, France, South Africa and The Netherlands and has worked in a professional capacity in most European countries, the United States, Africa and the Far East.

Martin Grainger

Martin Grainger read Music at the University of York where he studied the horn with Bob Ashworth, and later at the Royal College of Music with Julian Baker. Whilst there he was awarded the Sir Arthur Somervell and Manns Prize for brass playing.

Martin’s freelance career included working with a wide variety of ensembles such as the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Royal Northern Sinfonia, English National Ballet, and Royal Ballet Sinfonia. He first worked with the London Mozart Players in 2006 and played with them regularly before being appointed sub-principal horn in 2014. He guests with other chamber orchestras such as Britten Sinfonia and City of London Sinfonia, and regularly plays principal horn with Brandenburg Sinfonia with whom he has also performed as a soloist.

Martin is a keen and committed teacher, holding teaching positions at Trinity School Croydon, Winchester College, Croydon Music & Arts, and Sydenham School amongst others. He also coaches the horn and brass sections for the Croydon Youth Orchestra and Croydon Youth Winds.

Release ends.

Release sender: London Mozart Players. 

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