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."
Orpheus Sinfonia, orchestra of the Orpheus Foundation, is, under the artistic direction of Thomas Carroll, establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. Orpheus Sinfonia was founded in 2008 as an orchestra to provide opportunity and support for those exceptionally talented young musicians emerging from study into the profession. The orchestra attracts 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 Tasmin Little, Xuefei Yang and Hyung-ki Joo; premiering works by our composer-in-residence, Stephen Goss, including his piano concerto, and his quintuple concerto; at the forefront of innovation with the first ever classical concert for interactive tablet experience;working with principals of the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Britten centenary celebrations, Orpheus Sinfonia provides a broad spectrum of 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 regularly at Cadogan Hall. 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 national and international press. Recently released, Orpheus Sinfonia’s debut CD is available on the Signum Classics Label, partnering with Emmanuel Despax, for the world-premiere of Stephen Goss’ Piano Concerto, Franck Symphonique Variations and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2.
This season we have been privileged to work with world-renowned guest conductor Heinrich Schiff for a programme including Mahler Symphony No. 1, soloists including Jack Liebeck, a visit to Brighton Festival and have given further exciting performances of core-repertoire, new commissions and more exploratory works. We are delighted to have expanded to begin to encompass outreach work including with students from Fukushima, Japan at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and whom we are delighted to have been invited out to Japan for further projects for which support is currently sought. The coming season sees Orpheus embark upon our first operatic project, Die Fledermaus, working in partnership with Opera Danube. We are greatly honoured to be performing with Dame Felicity Lott in September 2014 at both Windsor Festival and Cadogan Hall, and also look forward to visits to other major music festivals around the country in 2014-2015. Further projects incorporating large-scale symphonic works and smaller scale chamber programmes, alongside working with world-class soloists and conductors. 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"