About Orpheus Sinfonia

"The Orpheus Foundation deserves all the support we can give it. As a charity it is immensely deserving, as a musical enterprise it is utterly inspiriing and as a mission it is absolutely unique."
Dame Judi Dench, Patron

Orpheus Sinfonia, the orchestra of the Orpheus Foundation, under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll, is establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. It was founded in 2008 as an orchestra to provide opportunity and support for those exceptionally talented young musicians emerging from study out into the profession. The orchestra has grown to attract the very best of music conservatoire graduates, forming an elite group of performers excelling in artistic distinction.

From performing a complete Beethoven Symphony cycle, working with such world-class soloists as Dame Felicity Lott, Tasmin Little, Xuefei Yang, Jack Liebeck and Hyung-ki Joo; guest conductors Heinrich Schiff and Oliver Goooch; premiering works by our composer-in-residence, Stephen Goss; at the forefront of innovation with the first ever classical concert for interactive tablet experience; appearing at international music festivals including Windsor, Brighton and Ulverston; and operatic performances in partnership with Opera Danube, Orpheus Sinfonia encompasses diverse opportunity and repertoire. The orchestra is resident at St George's Hanover Square where it has a season of concerts each year, alongside performing in many of the UK's leading concert venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room and Windsor Castle. Acclaimed for its brimming excitement and sheer enthusiasm for musical life, the Orpheus Sinfonia is fast gaining a reputation for some of the most enraptured performances around thanks, in part, to the generous support of so many established exceptional musicians. 

It has featured on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service as well as in the national and international press. Recently released, Orpheus Sinfonia’s debut CD is available on the Signum Classics Label, partnering with Emmanuel Despax.

We are delighted to have expanded to encompass outreach work including with Trinity Hopsice and with students from Fukushima, Japan at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and very much look forward to future projects working with the Tim Henman Foundation. In the past year we developed a new series "Beneath the Score" which has been highly successful and we launched the Orpheus Prinpicals; alongside further projects incorporating large-scale symphonic works and smaller scale chamber programmes working with world-class soloists and conductors. Recently we made our debut at Grimeborn Festival with the European premiere of Tarik O'Regan's opera Wanton Sublime, appeared at the Temple Church with violinist Joji Hattori in the gala concert for the Mehuhin Competition, been part of the Totally Thames Festival, and enjoyed a return to the Windsor Festival, performing in Windsor Castle to great acclaim. In 2016 we make our debut at the Royal Festival Hall as the Menuhin Competition comes to London for Menuhin's centenary; expand our "Beneath the Score" series to new venues; present a brand new production of Orpheus in the Underworld with Opera Danube; and are delighted to have been invited to perform at Cambridge Summer Music Festival where we are the new partner orchestra. 

Concert, Orpheus Circle and Chair sponsorship comes from our many generous benefactors.

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"The Orpheus Sinfonia can genuinely boast a pool of potential orchestral talent second to none"
Barry Millington, Evening Standard