LMTO Announces New Chair of Trustees and Board Appointments - London Musical Theatre Orchestra

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. 

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