The New London Orchestra was founded by Ronald Corp OBE in 1988 to fill a gap in the national orchestral scene by performing music rarely heard in concert. Its mission is to harness the tremendous power music has to change the lives of people from all backgrounds and of all ages. Based in London and through its brand Adventures in Music®, the orchestra seeks to be one of the most adventurous and innovative orchestras, broadening the audience for music and placing education at the heart of all its activities.
The orchestra’s success has been amply demonstrated not only in the concert hall, but also in the recording studio, where the orchestra has put its name to some twenty discs for Hyperion alone, including the best-selling British Light Music Classics series and works by Sullivan, Poulenc, Satie and Milhaud among others. It has also championed composers such as Martinu, Ibert, Thomson, Ravel, Honegger, Max Richter, Roussel and Kabalevsky.
The NLO has worked with the most accomplished performers and remarkable young talents. Nicholas Daniel, Julian Lloyd Webber, Joanna MacGregor, the Endellion Quartet, David Lloyd-Jones, Claire Rutter, Christopher Maltman and Larry Adler are just a few of the soloists and conductors with whom we have shared the stage.
Through its Literacy through Music programme in the London borough of Newham, the orchestra introduced the power of music to children, by using music to enhance the teaching of literacy in primary schools. Subsequent research by the Institute of Education demonstrated striking improvements in reading ability as a result of workshops delivered by the NLO to hundreds of teachers and pupils.
The NLO is now focussed on promoting the health and well-being benefits of its “light music” catalogue, which are broadcast regularly on Classic FM. We were delighted to perform our British Light Music Classics at the Carnival Prom at the Snape Proms in Aldeburgh in August 2017 to great acclaim.
Chairman + International General Counsel
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Trustee + Head of Graduate School
University College London
Trustee + Former Director
Inspire! the Education Business Partnership for Hackney
Patron + Chancellor, University of York
Former Provost, University College London
Patron + Former Cabinet Minister
Former Secretary of State for Education
Patron + Former Director
The Uranium Institute Former British Diplomat
Patron + Broadcaster, Classic FM
Former Cabinet Minister