Players in the financially troubled London Mozart Players have decided to run the show themselves in the hope of saving it from the rocks. They’re a good band, but there’s not enough work to go around the proliferation of chamber-sized orchs in town, some of which get by without paying the players. And local authority funding from Croydon is being squeezed.
Managing director Simon Funnell will lose his job. A shame, he’s one of the more enterprising managers.
The London Mozart Players has a major funding problem that has necessitated a re-evaluation of the way in which the management of the Orchestra operates. The Orchestra has become increasingly dependent on local authority grants that are no longer sustainable. The Board has concluded that it has no option but to implement future operations on the basis of freelance and project work. The present Managing Director, Simon Funnell, has therefore decided that this is an appropriate moment, after five years in the post, for him to step away from the Orchestra to explore other career opportunities. The board is grateful to Simon for his success in steering the Orchestra through this difficult period and for maintaining its reputation and artistic quality.