Joe Davies: Musical Director

Critically praised as an ‘inspiring’ conductor with a ‘substantial future ahead of him’, Joe Davies is a Conductor based in the Midlands but working around the UK. He is Musical Director of the Ripieno Players, Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia and West Midland Light Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Cumbria Opera Group and CoMA East Midlands,  and a Musical Director for Barricade Arts and SLAM Theatre.

WMLO, founded in 1982,  is a sensational 40+ piece ensemble of amateur players based in the West Midlands. We play songs from the libraries of Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Loewe and more. We have unique arrangements of the best  songs from Broadway, jazz standards and Great American Songbook era. Since its formation the band has gone from strength to strength and in 2014 played at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

We play entirely for fun and for the shared love of the music. 


About Us

Peter Tomlinson: President

Peter is President and Compere for WMLO, and has an impressive broadcasting career with Harlech, and ATV Midlands and Saga FM . Peter’s unrivalled experience and knowledge of our repertoire makes for an informative, entertaining and smooth running show, giving you backgrounds and insight into the music we play. You’ll learn much that you might not previously have known, and he has often given the musicians insider information on the music and composers.

Richard Hunt: Chair

Richard is Chair for WMLO and has been with WMLO for over six years, playing cello and double bass.