The Surrey Mozart Players is a chamber orchestra, founded and directed in the early
1970s by Richard Temple-Savage. It has earned a well-deserved reputation for imaginative,
exciting and entertaining programmes, featuring repertoire from Baroque and Classical, to
modern masterpieces, and including premiers of newly-commissioned works.
Members are drawn from talented amateur and semi-professional musicians living in or around the
Surrey area. After its founder retired, the orchestra appointed Paul Hoskins as Musical
Director in 1992, a post he held until 2002, as well as working with such established
conductors as Peter Stark and Robin Ticciati. From 2006, the orchestra enjoyed an extensive
12-year collaboration with Kenneth Woods, whose tenure came to an end in June 2018.
It has always been SMP policy to give a platform to and encourage emerging young soloists
and the orchestra has lately had the pleasure of performing with Peter Facer, Emmanuel Bach,
Alexei Watkins, Giacomo Susani, Ionel Manciu, Ben Tarlton, Lucy Humphris and Daniel de
Borah. It has also been the orchestra’s privilege to work with other internationally renowned
artists: Nicola Benedetti, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Chloe Hanslip, Laura van der Heijden, James
Brawn, Mark Bebbington, Julian Jacobson, Simon Desbruslais, Louise Alder and Michael