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.

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Management Team

Chris Ashley

General Manager

Ronald Corp OBE

Artistic Director

Hon. 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

Patrons

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

Patron