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President Sir Simon Rattle

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Founded in 1951, the LMO is an amateur orchestra working with professional conductors and soloists – some well established, many at an early stage in their career.

The orchestra is privileged to have played under many distinguished conductors, including Zubin Mehta, John Carewe, Gordon Mackie, Guy Woolfenden, Sian Edwards, Sir Charles Groves, Carl Davis, Charles Peebles, Garry Walker, Edward Warren, Mark Heron and its President, Sir Simon Rattle.  Local, national and international soloists have performed with the LMO, including Stephen Hough, Gina McCormack, Mark Ashford, Clare Rowe, So-Ock Kim, Martin Roscoe and Peter Donohoe.

In recent years the orchestra has also been pleased to work with superb young performers from Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM, including Jiafeng Chen, Alexandra Dariescu, Joe Davies, Mikhail Nemtsov, Mari Poll, Callum Smart, William Stafford and Jonathan Radford.  

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Music for Merseyside

The LMO has been giving concerts on Merseyside since its foundation in 1951. It fills an important musical niche, while providing a platform for emerging and established professional soloists and conductors. It performs a wide range of music from the baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, making a significant contribution to the rich cultural life of the Northwest.

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Please see our Box Office page for details of how to get your tickets. Tickets can also be bought on the door until sold out

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Our next concert is a Beethoven fest with Jonathan Small and exciting young pianist, Will Bracken at the Birkenhead High School Academy concert hall


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With an eye to the future the LMO presents its Patron Scheme to help continue the promotion and encouragement of young performers

Patrons Scheme

We currently have vacancies for a Principal Flute and Second Bassoon.  If you are an experienced flautist or bassoonist (Grade 8 ASB+ or equivalent) and are interested, please contact us.


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For the story of African Caracal Shangaan and the music he inspired go to our Shangaan page where the parts can also be downloaded.