Joe is WMLO's temporary Musical Director, taking us forward from the Covid shutdown period.
A conductor based in the Midlands but working around the UK, Joe is also Musical Director of the Ripieno Players, Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia and Abney Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Cumbria Opera Group and CoMA East Midlands.
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.
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 is Chair for WMLO and has been with WMLO for over six years, playing cello and double bass.