The London Mozart Players could be wound up before the end of this year if it fails to raise funds to cover core costs of £50,000, reports the London Evening Standard. The orchestra, which was founded in 1949 by Harry Blech as the UK's first chamber orchestra, applied unsucessfully for Arts Council England funding earlier this year. It has now launched a fundraising campaign that its managing director, Simon Funnell, described as 'urgent and vital'.