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LMTO Announces New Chair of Trustees and Board Appointments


The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Board of Trustees to help spearhead the next chapter of its growth. Appointed to the position of Chair of Trustees is Stuart Barr, who takes over the role from Interim Chair Lee Bowman, who remains on the Board.  

Stuart brings extensive board experience as a former Chair of the London Youth Choirs and President of the British Voice Association. He is currently CEO of Hey Maestro, an AI venture that is supercharging the rate at which people learn instruments. As a musician, he was conductor to Dame Shirley Bassey for 6 years, after a decade musically-directing in the West End and teaching at the Royal Academy of Music. He founded the Out To Perform pandemic campaign which caused a government U-turn on performing arts policy, and is an occasional broadcaster and writer on musical matters. 

Lee Bowman, CEO at Kingstree Group and outgoing Chair said “The London Musical Theatre Orchestra has already established itself as a force for good through its amazing concerts, its Sitz programme, by providing development for young professional musicians and working in schools. Our next phase of growth is something I am delighted Stuart has joined us for and will help lead us through.” 

On his appointment Stuart Barr noted “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair and I am looking forward to taking the organisation to new heights.” 

The other Trustees joining the expanded board are Anna Diehm, John Forrest and Jeffrey Brady. Anna is an experienced fundraiser & communicator having held senior roles in the youth education charity European Youth Parliament Germany, she is currently Head of Annual Giving at London Business School. John is an executive with 17 years board level leadership experience and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Spire Healthcare Plc, and has been a attendee of LMTO’s Sitzes for several years. Jeffrey is an accomplished theatrical production professional having worked in the live theatre industry for nearly 20 years and is currently Senior General Manager & Head of Touring at Trafalgar Entertainment.  

Freddie Tapner, CEO & Founder of London Musical Theatre Orchestra said of the new Trustee appointments “I am excited by the opportunity our expanded board provides to the vision we have for LMTO. Anna, John, Jeffrey and Stuart bring a range of skills and experiences to boost the skills and support already shown by the other Trustees they join.” 

The new appointments join the other Trustees at London Musical Theatre Orchestra: Lee Bowman, Francesca Canty, Carolyn Sims and Jeremy Stuart-Smith. 

Oklahoma! in Concert – Full Cast Announcement


Further casting has been announced for RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA! in Concert, which returns to its original West End home, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, on Monday 19 August and Tuesday 20 August.  

Joining the previously announced Phil Dunster (Ted Lasso) as Curly and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins) as Laurey are Christina Bianco (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) as Ado Annie, Jordan Shaw (Les Misérables) as Will Parker, five-time Olivier Award nominee and two-time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding (Sondheim’s Old Friends and Carousel) as Aunt Eller, Tosh Wanogho-Maud (The Drifters Girl) as Jud Fry, Irvine Iqbal (The Witches) as Ali Hakim, Nicole-Lily Baisden (Anything Goes) as Gertie and Sebastien Torkia (Guys & Dolls) as Andrew. The cast is completed by George Beet (Assistant Choreographer), Ashleigh Graham (Assistant Choreographer), David McIntosh, Amonik Melaco, Carrie Willis, David Winters, Jessica Wright and the London Musical Theatre Chorus. 

The production is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer, and features Robert Russell Bennett’s full original 28-piece orchestrations performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Ben Glassberg, with sound design by Tom Marshall, set & costume design by Rebecca Brower, lighting design by Tim Deiling, casting by Sarah-Jane Price, production management by Pete Kramer and company stage management by Peter Barnett. 

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA! opened on Broadway in 1943 and later transferred to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for its West End premiere in 1947. OKLAHOMA! was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration, and features some of their most loved songs, including ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’’, ‘The Surrey with the Fringe on Top’ and the titular title song ‘Oklahoma!’.  

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA! in Concert is produced by JAS Theatricals, Fourth Wall Live and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, the team behind the WhatsOnStage Award-winning concert of Love Never Dies. 



Dates: 19 – 20 August 2024 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Catherine Street

Performances:  7.30pm on Monday 19 August, 2.30pm & 7:30pm on Tuesday 20 August. 

Box Office: 020 3925 2998 

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Rodgers & Hammerstein: @rodgersandhammerstein

Opportunity: Trustee with Legal Expertise

LMTO is accepting applications for a new trustee with legal expertise.

As a Trustee of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, you will play a crucial role in guiding the strategic direction of the charity, ensuring that we fulfil our mission and objectives effectively and responsibly. Trustees are expected to bring their unique skills, knowledge, and experience to help the charity thrive.

Please see the Job Description below and submit your application by 10am on Monday, 10th June.


Job Description – LMTO Trustee with legal expertise

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