Chamber orch. specializing in mus. of Mozart and Haydn founded in 1949 by Harry Blech. First concert, Wigmore Hall, London, 11 Feb. 1949. Developed from London Wind Players, formed by Blech in 1942. Tours to It., Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, and Ger. Many fest. appearances. Blech art. dir. until 1984; Jane Glover 1984–91; Matthias Bamert mus. dir. 1993–2000; Andrew Parrott from 2000.