About the orchestra

Welcome to the London Medical Orchestra!

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Mission Statement: The London Medical Orchestra aims to  entertain the public in the art of music, by the presentation of concerts and other activities. It also provides means of supporting medical charities.

We are a long-established amateur orchestra in London that combines the enjoyment of making music with raising money for medical charities.

The London Medical Orchestra was formed in 1954, consisting mainly of refugee doctors and dentists from central Europe, conducted by Dr Hans Ucko and led by Dr J Bachner. It combined with the Three Hospitals Orchestra in 1964.

Although many of the present members of the Orchestra are not members of the medical or ancillary professions, the Orchestra continues to have as its main purpose the supporting of medical charities through our fund-raising concerts three times a year.

If you are involved with a charity and would be interested in partnering with LMO to raise funds, please contact us with your ideas.  LMO is a registered charity (No. 272002).

Among former conductors are Norman Del Mar, Colin Davis and Bernard Keefe. Mr Dickson Wright was president for many years. Sir Adrian Boult and Jacqueline du Pré are among our past Vice Presidents.


We rehearse in a convenient venue in Canonbury, North London and to help the orchestra attain a high standard of performance and thoroughly enjoy the experience of playing together, we have professional leads for each of the strings sections. We’re grateful to all our professionals for their enthusiasm and expertise!  Read their biographies using the links in the ‘Our Professionals’ menu.

We currently have room for more strings and some brass.  If you are an amateur musician and you are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly amateur orchestra in London playing great classical music, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us.

Thanks to Geoff Rousell for listing us at www.amateurorchestras.org.uk
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