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 is one of London's most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. Founded in 2009, it attracts the best music conservatoire graduates under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll, forming an elite group of performers excelling in artistic distinction.

Its broad spectrum of performance and repertoire has included symphonic cycles, world premieres, operas, collaborations with Dame Felicity Lott, Tasmin Little, Jack Liebeck and Heinrich Schiff, as well as performances at music festivals including Windsor, Wimbledon, Brighton, Barnes, Lincoln and Cambridge.

Resident at St George's Hanover Square, the oechestra also gives concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and Windsor Castle. Acclaimed for the excitement and enthusiasm of its music-making, its reputation is growing fast thanks, in part, to the generous suport of many established musicians. It has featured on BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service and has released its debut CD on Signum Classics. 

 Orpheus has continued to develop its "Beneath The Score" series, which explores the character and influences of selected composers. Orpheus Principals concerts, in which section principals perform often rarely-heard large-scale chamber works, are also now a regular feature of our Seasons.

Outreach work has included projects with Trinity Hopsice and with students from Fukushima, Japan at Queen Elizabeth Hall, along with initiatives with the Tim Henman Foundation.

Orpheus gave the European premiere of Tarik O'Regan's opera Wanton Sublime at Grimeborn Festival. The orchestra has also appeared at the Temple Church with violinist Joji Hattori and in the gala concert for the Mehuhin Competition at the Royal Festival Hall. 

Since 2017 Orpheus Sinfonia has been the official orchestra at the International Opera Awards in the London Coliseum. More recent partnerships have seen the orchestra work with Iford Arts and Opera Della Luna on a centenary production of Bernstein's Candide with debuts at Iford, Cheltenham and Stowe Opera, open the Arcola Theatre's Grimeborn Opera Festival with Britten's Rape of Lucretia, and returns to Windsor and Cambridge Festivals alongside regular performances in London.

 "The Orpheus Sinfonia can genuinely boast a pool of potential orchestral talent second to none" 

Barry Millington, Evening Standard