About - London Musical Theatre Orchestra


The musical theatre experts

The award-winning London Musical Theatre Orchestra is the UK’s specialist orchestra dedicated to musical theatre. The orchestra has been hailed by audiences, critics and artists as the pinnacle of theatre musicianship, with Andrew Lloyd Webber, after a performance of his work Love Never Dies, declaring “no composer could ask for more”.

Since LMTO’s launch in June 2016, the orchestra has performed live to over 100,000 people at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, recorded several live and studio albums and had performances broadcast to millions on BBC Radio 2. The orchestra has accompanied many of the leading artists working in musical theatre, including Audra McDonald, Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Luke Evans, Lucie Jones, Alex Newell, Marisha Wallace, Jason Manford, Ben Forster, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Cedric Neal, Samantha Barks, Brian Conley, Layton Williams and Ramin Karimloo.


Developing the next generation

The orchestra’s development arm nurtures young professional musicians at the start of their careers, offering workshops, mentoring and the monthly ‘Sitz’, a private rehearsal of a full musical. LMTO’s music in schools programme, LMTO Upbeat, transforms UK secondary school students with no prior musical experience into concert performers in just eight weeks.

Our Story


Something’s coming

LMTO was founded by Freddie Tapner in July 2015, when he put out a call on Facebook in the hope of creating an orchestra filled with musicians who were as passionate about musicals as him.

To his complete surprise, over 250 people replied in less than 24 hours, all interested in playing musicals with a full orchestra.

Strike up the band

A few weeks later, on Sunday 13th July 2015, musicians gathered in St Silas Church and played through the score of a musical in private, just for fun. This was the first Sitz, and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra was born.

LMTO took up the position of Orchestra-in-Residence at Bishopsgate Institute in January 2016, where the Sitzes remain to this day.

Opening night

One year and 12 Sitzes later, it was time for audiences to hear what LMTO could do.

In 2016, LMTO launched its first public season: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair at Cadogan Hall and Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre, starring Robert Lindsay.


Anthony Drewe

Michael Feinstein

Julian Fellowes

Paul Gemignani

Andrew Lippa

Clive Woodward

George Stiles

Stephen Schwartz

Howard Goodall

Jason Robert Brown

Alan Menken

Support us

LMTO is a charity, so we rely on the support of our audiences and fans to continue producing exceptional concerts and supporting young musicians as they enter the professional world.


Each month, over 100 musicians and singers gather at Bishopsgate Institute to sing and play though the score of a musical in private. The result is extraordinary. Fancy coming along?

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