APO’s new leader – Mel Le Breuilly


Our former leader, Neil MacLean, and his successor, Mel Le Breuilly.

We’re delighted to announce that Mel Le Breuilly has been appointed as APO’s leader on a permanent basis, having recently been guest leader for our performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. Mel, a violin and piano teacher based in Wokingham, has been a member of APO almost from the very beginning of our 16-year history.

APO’s Music Director, Andrew Taylor, said, ‘I’m so delighted that Mel has agreed to take up the permanent position of leader, giving us vital stability. When our previous leader of 15 years (Neil MacLean) stepped down, the committee needed some time to decide how to fill the vacancy. Mel’s performance during Mahler 3 was fabulous, and she also gave fantastic support to me and the players during and even before the rehearsal process.’


Mel, who with Paul Cox runs Reading Youth Orchestra and Henley Music Centre, said, ‘APO has been my musical home for many year, and I feel honoured and lucky to be leading. I am grateful to Andrew and the committee for giving me this opportunity, and to the orchestra for their amazing support.’

Mel and Andrew are already gearing up for APO’s next concert on Saturday 2nd February 2019 – ‘Music of Desire’. For more details and to book tickets, visit our next concert page.