The Pico Players

amateur orchestra × central london



About Us

The Pico Players is an amateur symphony orchestra based in central London

The Orchestra

The orchestra was founded in April 2014 by keen amateur musicians Rosie Wintour and Patrick Massey. Since then the group has grown regularly to become a full sized symphony orchestra, with the aim of performing at least three concerts a year.

Players are required to have reached Grade 8 level at some point, but no auditions are held. The primary aim of the orchestra is to provide a friendly atmosphere in which players can enjoy performing orchestral music at a high standard. We are particularly delighted that many of our members have picked up their instruments after months (even years) of collecting dust/rust! Other members play in several ensembles and the Pico Players is just one string to their bow.

Current repertoire ranges from classical to late romantic works. This will remain the orchestra’s focus, though as it develops the repertoire will naturally expand to cover more contemporary genres.



Since we started we have raised over £54,000 for various charities including: Music for Youth, Live Music Now and The Robes Project.  If you would like to recommend a charity please do contact us.

The Pico Players is a registered charity, number: 1163760


The Conductors

Patrick Massey

Patrick is the orchestra’s principal conductor. He played the piano and the violin from an early age and studied music at Cambridge University.  After university he converted to law and he currently works as a solicitor for Macquarie Bank.  He remains a keen amateur musician, both performing and composing.  In seasons when he's not conducting you'll find Paddy playing his violin with the mighty second violins.  

Will Hooker

Will is the orchestra's multi-talented cellist-conductor.  Ringmaster of rhythm, bastion of the beat, Will listens to Holst in 7/8 while he sleeps.  Will achieved the status of conducting legend when appearing at the head of the orchestra on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and charmed over 10 million viewers at once.  Afterwards he said, "It was fun. No, there's been no fan-mail".  Yet.  



Rehearsal venue

St Michael's Church
Chester Square
Victoria, London


Rehearsal Hours

Mondays 7.30pm–9.30pm


Upcoming Events

Past Events

Contact us



Please drop us your details, let us know what instrument you play and to what standard and we will let you know if we have space for you to join!




t. 07793 502694 

...and you'll get through to the wonderful Rosie Wintour (Secretary)



Take a look at the events page, and you can also sign up to our newsletter to be the latest to hear about upcoming events and news!



For information on how you or your company can sponsor the Pico Players and the charities we work with please do drop us an email or become a Pico Pal


Support Us

become a Pico Pal

Become a Pico Pal today and help us to do more for our charitable causes. 

By supporting us you will enable The Pico Players to hire music, venues and instruments for our concerts that will mean that in time all proceeds from our fund-raising concerts can go to our chosen charities. 

Since we started we have raised over £54,000 for charities such as Parkinsons UK, Live Music Now, Youth Music, The Robes Project, Save the Children Syria Appeal, Brendoncare, Multiple Sclerosis Trust. 

Pico Pals get

  • Half-price tickets to concerts

  • Recognition of our thanks in the concert programmes and website

  • Invitations to concerts & other events we're involved in throughout the year

  • Exclusive access to a pre-concert rehearsal

Annual donation:

Set up an annual Direct Debit of £50 a year to be a Pal

Set up an annual Direct Debit of £100 a year to be a Premium Pal

Direct Debits can be terminated at any point but not refunded if payment has already been received.  

The Pico Players - Registered Charity Number 1163760

Our concerts have raised over £20,000 for charities

Pico pals

Sally Godley Maynard

Kate DaSilva

Veronica Kinahan

James Noble

Elizabeth Gilkes

Dr Rebecca Beaconsfield

Susan Axtell

Hamid Khanbhai

Helen Gillingwater

Gillian Hooker

HPD Massey

Joff Crawford

Tim Heal

John Boyd

Rebecca Corbett

David Sugden

Clarissa Mitchell

Community Work

Charities we support

  • Live Music Now

  • The Robes Project 

  • Save the Children – Syria Appeal 

  • Music for Youth

  • Youth Music

  • Brendoncare

  • Multiple Sclerosis Trust

  • Amber Foundation

  • The Olivia Hodson Cancer Fund

  • Paul’s Cancer Support Centre

  • Steel Warriors

  • Contact the Elderly

  • The Doorstep Library

  • Contented Dementia Trust

Charitable activities we have supported to date

Since we began we've been using our concerts to raise money for charities chosen by our orchestra members.  Our players have also participated in a number of charitable activities, such as "Conduct Us" events and children's workshops

Here are some of the nice things people have written to us to say: 

I am writing to thank you for your generous donation of £1,701.33 on behalf of the Pico Players, as a result of your fundraising efforts at your summer concert [2018].

It is through the support of community organisations such as your own that we are bale to develop new tea party groups and maintain existing ones, enabling us to reach out to more vulnerable older people in local communities.

Thank you once again for your important contribution
— Jade Lowe, Contact the Elderly (2018)
I am delighted to acknowledge safe receipt of the donation of £2,500 from The Pico Players supporting us at Steel Warriors to fight knife crime in the UK.
The concert was really uplifting and memorable and we were all delighted by the turnout at the event.
We felt incredibly lucky to have been chosen by the Pico Players for the Spring, 2018 season and the
funding that we have raised will no doubt make a real difference to our cause.

Thank you very much for your kind donation and we hope to visit many more of your wonderful
concerts in the future.
— Benedict Wintour, Founder, Steel Warriors
Thank you so much for supporting the Hands Up Foundation and Singing for Syrians at the St Margaret’s carol service this week.

Your playing was excellent and I was so glad you were able to come along and make the evening such a success. I do hope you will join us again next year.

As you will know, I had hoped that last year’s event would be a one-off. Sadly, this was not the case, and the people of Syria need our support now more than ever.

Thank you again for your involvement.
— Victoria Prentis, MP
I cannot thank you, Helen and The Pico Players enough for choosing Paul’s Cancer Support Centre as your charity for the Autumn concert. Not only was it one of the best concert I’ve been to in a long time but it was also one of the best fundraising event we have had last year. Huge congratulations to you all.
— Sceherazade Ameer, Paul's Cancer Support Centre
Thank you so much to all at the Pico Players for your generous donation in support of Brendoncare. We very much appreciate you making this donation through our recent Big Give campaign, meaning that your gift has been matched funded! Do pass on our grateful thanks to all those involved.
— Emma Digance, Brendoncare
I wanted to write to you and to the Pico Players to say a huge thank you to you all for organising such a wonderful day, for your generosity giving your time and expertise to all the children and adults that attended the events.

As a mum, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing my children enjoy being surrounded by music, musicians and the incredibly contagiously happy atmosphere that you all created at St Paul’s Church last Saturday. My son, William, played the piano and had the luck to be helped by Paddy (it was amazing to see that all the children had a buddy musician). In the car, William told me how, whilst playing, he had to look at the conductor, then briefly at the piano keys, and carry on, and how he had felt part of the orchestra and what a great feeling that was. He was smiling all evening. Then, we went to the evening concert, and that was just the cherry on the cake for a wonderful day! We were so close to the orchestra that we nearly felt part of it.

In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the feeling of wellbeing that was everywhere around you all.

Thank you once more, and I hope you are able to come again in the future.
— Lola, Mum
We would like to thank you for your recent fundraising event and for raising an incredible donation for the MS Trust. We are so grateful that you chose to support the work of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust and please rest assured these funds will be put to good use,
— MS Trust
Thank you so much for arranging the above mentioned concert to support the work of The Robes Project and for the generous donation. This is very much appreciate and will go towards our vital work in supporting the homeless people in Southwark and North Lambeth.
— George Martin, Robes Trustees
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