LMTO was founded by Principal Conductor Freddie Tapner in June 2015. He posted a casual Facebook note asking musicians to meet to play through a musical - the post received over 250 replies in the space of 24hrs. Two weeks later, and one hundred players and singers met at St Silas Church, Islington for a day like no other - a 3hr vocal rehearsal & a 3hr orchestral rehearsal followed by a full performance. Crucially, there was no audience: the LMTO play-through was born.
The play-throughs continued to be a hit. Once a month players and singers from all over the UK gathered in London to rehearse a musical for experience and for the love of it. The venue moved quickly from St Silas Church to a position of Orchestra-in-Residence at Bishopsgate Institute, where they remain to this day.
In June 2016, one year and twelve play-throughs after its founding, LMTO launched a professional orchestra, packed with the very best performers in London, including a number of those who had started with us in June 2015.