The Pico Players
amateur orchestra × central london
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 £45,000 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
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 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.
St Michael's Church
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Ever dreamt of conducting a full orchestra? It's your lucky day! Join the Pico Players in St. James' Park at the bandstand on 19th August 2017!
Spring Concert in London featuring: Kabalevsky, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6
The Pico Players are leaving the cosy sanctuary of their habitual London venues and heading for the country! Come join them for a pastoral treat in Winchester on 25th March 2017.
MIO Conductor Robbie Jacobs leads the Pico Players at the beautiful St John’s Waterloo.
The Pico Players are proud to be supporting George Butler and the Hands Up Foundation at their carol service next week.
Christmas Serenity Carol Concert on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 7pm – doors open at 6.30pm at St John’s Church, Hyde Park Crescent, London W2 2QD with the St John’s Church and Bloxham School choirs.
The Pico Players feature on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, with a strong performance from conductor Will Hooker helping audience figures up to 11.2 million. Our largest audience to date.
This summer, join the Pico Players on a (musical) journey through Europe with Berlioz, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana.
Pico Players welcomes 2016 with a sizzling feast of music from the UK for the Spring Concert. With Holst, Elgar and Walton on the menu our March concert promises to be more delightful and quintessentially patriotic than fish & chips on Brighton pier on a sunny Sunday.
The four finalists of the Office Choir of the Year Competition 2016 compete for the title. Hosted by Tim Rhys-Evans, Music in Offices’ flagship competition celebrates amateur music making across the business world. All backed up by the Pico Players.
The programme for our eagerly awaited 4th concert will be:
Wagner - Introduction to Act 1 of Lohengrin
Elgar - Sea Pictures
Sibelius - En Saga (revised 1902 edition)
Sibelius - Karelia Suite
Guess who's back? Treating classical-lovers, commuters, and the lucky passers-by to an hour-long highlights reel of our favourite classical repertoire. Schubert and Rossini are back, courtesy of the Pico Players.
Our Spring Concert was a treat for the senses. Schubert's dazzling Overture to Rosamunde and the monumental Unfinished Symphony sandwiched Ravel's virtuosic Le Tombeau de Couperin.
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)
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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
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 £45,000 for charities such as Parkinsons UK, Live Music Now, Youth Music, The Robes Project, Save the Children Syria Appeal, Brendoncare, Multiple Sclerosis Trust.
Make a one-off payment of £50 to be a Pal for a year
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Direct Debits can be terminated at any point but not refunded if payment has already been received.
The Pico Players - Registered Charity Number 1163760
Dr Rebecca Beaconsfield
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: