NLO is pushing the boundaries of orchestral performance, by crafting musical experiences for an audience of new music fans who are more at home in the clubs of Hackney than the concert hall.

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Launched in 1988 the NLO has long been at the forefront of classical music in the UK, working with leading artists at world-renowned venues.

Our shows go against the flow of expectation, tearing up the classical music rule-book with wild, experimental events for an audience who want to move about, open a beer, and clap when they like what they hear.

Through genre-defying collaborations with bands, electronic producers, DJs and visual artists, we're introducing the orchestra to a mass audience, in laid-back gigs that cater for the interactive spectator.

But more than anything, we want to blow the lid off contemporary classical with organically constructed programmes of new music by composers who speak for the spirit of our time. Staying true to the NLO's vision of an increasingly diverse orchestra with a new lease of life for the 18-40 generation.

Management Team

Chris Ashley

General Manager

Ronald Corp OBE

Artistic Director

Ian MacGregor

Finance & Business Consultant

Jonathan White

Chairman + Head of IM EMEA

J.P. Morgan Asset Finance

Prof. David Bogle

Trustee + Head of Graduate School

University College London

David Blagbrough

Trustee + Former Director

Inspire! the Education Business Partnership for Hackney


Sir Malcolm Grant

Patron + Chancellor, University of York

Former Provost, University College London

Rt Hon Lord John MacGregor OBE

Patron + Former Cabinet Minister

Former Secretary for Education

Gerald Clark CMG

Patron + Former Director

The Uranium Institute Former British Diplomat

Rt Hon David Mellor QC

Patron + Broadcaster, Classic FM

Former Cabinet Minister

Anne Johnson