London Mahler Orchestra

About Us

The Mahler Project was originally started in 2000 by Keith Willis and has brought together hundreds of musicians through the music of Mahler. Sadly Keith fell ill in the summer of 2010 and was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. Keith was too ill to conduct but determined that the series should be complete and asked colleague Daniel Capps to stage a performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony. It was an enormous privilege to be able to do that in January 2011 and even more special that Keith was able to be there, with his family, to listen to almost one hundred musicians, many of whose musical lives he helped shape and develop.

Sadly Keith lost his fight with cancer and passed away on February 25th 2011. He will be sorely missed.

In April that year, the Mahler Project staged another concert as a tribute to Keith, this time performing Mahler's Seventh Symphony. Following the concert there was still a huge enthusiasm for the project and since then Daniel has continued the work that Keith began. On the centenary of Mahler's death in 2011, the London Mahler Orchestra was formally established and now performs two projects per year, drawing together musicians from conservatoires and universities across London as well as both professional musicians and experienced amateurs.

All proceeds from the Orchestra's performances are donated to Cancer Research UK. We owe a great deal of thanks to the players and the team, all of whom give their time for nothing, purely for the music of Mahler and out of a desire to support Cancer Research UK. In particular we are indebted to Richard & Delia Baker for their unwavering support which makes this project possible.

The Team

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