Behind the Score

Windsor Festival OrchestraThroughout our programmes and projects in 2015 we will be exploring a new programme concept, one which will engage with our audience, breaking down the barriers of the stage, bringing the composers and their stories to life with readings, actors, art, verse and visual images. Each concert will explore a different aspect of classical music, going behind the scenes.  We will be looking at what inspired the composers to write as they did, the meanings of their great works, exploring the times that they were written in and taking a journey together, going deep into the heart of some of the greatest classical literature. 

Our discovery of what lies behind the notes enables us to relate classical music to everyone and bring this incredible art form to life, at the same time enriching the knowledge and love of those already more familiar.

In the next concerts we will explore what Shakespeare's legacy had created in music, engage in the battle of a very human love triangle, see the power of politics and experience the great power of nature. 

Dame Felicity Lott with Orpheus Sinfonia at Windsor Castle

Artesian Quartet news for websiteTuesday, 14th October 2014

We were delighted to be joined by soloist Dame Felicity Lott at our recent Windsor Castle and Cadogan Hall performances. We hope you ejoy taking a look at our photograph gallery...



Orpheus Sinfonia Supports Trinity Hospice

Artesian Quartet news for websiteWednesday, 9th July 2014

As part of Orpheus Sinfonia’s commitment to helping young musicians by providing performance opportunities in both concert venues and local communities, we have developed an outreach live music project supporting the important work of Trinity Hospice

On Wednesday 9th July 2014 from 2 – 3 pm musicians from Orpheus Sinfonia will give a very special 1 hour concert. There is no charge and all are welcome to pop in and listen to beautiful music in a relaxed atmosphere.

The event will take place in Trinity’s beautiful outpatient centre, Mulberry Place, overlooking Trinity’s award-winning gardens. Guests will enjoy a specially chosen programme of pieces and hear the fascinating stories and inspiration behind them, accompanied by tea and cake.

Louise Malone, Head of Mulberry Place, says “We are delighted to welcome the Orpheus Sinfonia to Trinity. It’s wonderful to be able to offer patients, families and our local community the opportunity to take a little time out of the everyday and relax. I hope people who do not know much about Trinity take the opportunity to visit us and learn more about our work.”

To reserve your place to enjoy the music, please contact Anna MacLeod by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 020 7787 1046. This is an informal event, so you can also simply turn up on the day but spaces may be limited.


Thomas Carroll on BBC Radio 3 - Listen Here

tomOur conductor and world renowned cellist Thomas Carroll recently appeared at the Wigmore Hall, with the Conchord Ensemble, and was featured on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme.  You've got six days left, from 19 May 2014, to listen on BBC iPlayer - or simply click here to enjoy Thomas's exquisite playing.

Philip and Christine Carne honoured

Philip and Christine Carne HonouredPhilip and Christine Carne honoured in the 2013 HRH The Prince of Wales Arts Philanthropy Awards

On 11 December 2013 HRH The Prince of Wales presented five medals for Arts Philanthropy. The medals celebrate those who support the arts in its widest forms.

Congratulations to Philip and Christine Carne (to the left of our picture) of The Richard Carne Trust on their award which is hugely deserved, everyone here at Orpheus is absolutely delighted for them.

Learn more about the work of The Richard Carne Trust here.

Orpheus Sinfonia CD Premiere!

Orpheus CDOrpheus Sinfonia and Emmanuel Despax – Concertos by Goss, Franck and Saint-Saens

Orpheus Sinfonia is delighted to announce the release of our first CD. We were thrilled to be joined by Emmauel Despax at our April concert this year which was a resounding success and culminated in this, our first, CD recording.

Featuring the dramatic Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor by Saint-Saens, the shimmering, glittering Piano Concerto by Stephen Goss and concluding with Cesar Franck’s Variations Symphoniques this CD is a welcome addition to any music lover’s collection.

In his review of the CD Robert Hugill enthuses; “Throughout these pieces Despax is finely accompanied by Carroll and the Orpheus Sinfonia. They get to show their serious metal in the Franck, their joie de vivre in the Saint-Saens and their sheer technical brilliance in Goss’s magical but tricky textures. In each they shine”. Read the full review here:

If you would like to listen to a clip from the CD please take a look at this YouTube link:

Our CD is available now from signum records, Amazon, Presto Classical, major and independent music shops, and from digital retailers including; iTunes, emusic and Amazon digital.

The perfect Christmas stocking filler!

Orpheus Musician of the Year Winner - 2013

Dominic Degavino for websiteThe Orpheus Sinfonia and Richard Carne Trust are delighted to announce Dominic Degavino as the winner of the Orpheus Musician of the Year – Richard Carne Award 2013. Dominic wowed our audience with his talents and received a standing ovation at our Scandinavia concert, a worthy response to an outstanding performance of Grieg’s Piano concerto. We are very happy to be able to encourage such exciting new talent, generously supported by the  Richard Carne Trust.


A rising young star and passionate performer, Dominic Degavino was born in July 1995 and grew up in Milton Keynes. He started studying the piano when he was six years old, and soon after gained a place at Chetham’s School of Music, where he studied for eight years.

Following our competition Dominic hot-footed over to Istanbul to compete in the European finals of the UK Lions Club Music Competition.


Dominic’s enthusiastic response to our Scandinavia concert reflects his joy of music:

“… what an amazing experience it was to play with your fantastic orchestra. Everyone should be proud not only for the way you all played the Grieg, but also for the whole concert! (I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the second half as well) and not forgetting Orpheus itself - it's a great thing you're able to give young musicians these opportunities!”


We feel sure Dominic is a star of the future and look forward to tracking his progress within the music world.

First Classical Concert for iPad and Tablet Audience

Interactive display for tablet users


Finding your way around a new piece of concert music can be a challenging task. The listener might be bombarded with an overwhelming array of abstract sounds that confuse and bewilder. For the premiere of Stephen Goss’ Piano Concerto, Mark Insoll (producer) and David Sweeney (editor) have created an interactive display, for users of the iPad and other tablet devices. Conceived as a wordless programme note, the display forms a visual counterpoint to Goss’ new work, revealing many of the influences behind the music.     


There are four separate parts to the display which help to evoke the mood, character and atmosphere of the concerto’s individual movements. Each part lasts for around two minutes and can be started, paused, or repeated at the listener’s leisure.


The films can be downloaded here.

Or alternatively they can be viewed and downloaded through dropbox here.


Beethoven in 2012 and 2013

"Beethoven’s music sets in motion the machinery of awe, of fear, of terror, of pain, and awakens that infinite yearning which is the essence of romanticism." (E.T.A. Hoffmann, 1813)

Beethoven’s nine symphonies embrace triumph and tragedy, and are universal in their eloquent expression of triumph and tragedy. No wonder that musicians and audiences love to experience the drama of these pieces, which form the very core of the symphonic repertoire. In recognition of Beethoven’s genius and achievement, the Orpheus Sinfonia has dedicated its 2012/13 season to performing all nine of his Symphonies. At Cadogan Hall on 21 September we heard a gripping performance of the Fifth Symphony, and on 25 October it was the turn of the ebullient Second Symphony. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major – a joyful yet enigmatic masterpiece composed in 1806 – will conclude our concert on 21 November. Look out for the ‘Pastoral Symphony’ on Thursday 24 January 2013, the ‘Eroica’ on February 14 February, and Symphony No. 8 in April. Performing the Beethoven Cycle is a milestone for every orchestral musician, and the Orpheus Foundation is delighted to provide such an opportunity to its musicians.

Orpheus Musician of the Year

img7Following three rounds of competition of a superb level, The Orpheus Foundation is delighted to name Tamsin Thorn as the winner of the inaugural Orpheus Musician of the Year competition, with Benjamin Baker coming in close second place. Both musicians received a cash prize, generously donated by The Richard Carne Trust, and in the Orpheus Sinfonia concert on 25th October, Tamsin performed the Weber Bassoon Concerto and Benjamin the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, under the baton of Toby Purser to a wowed audience in St George's Hanover Square.  The other finalists were Alberto Casadei, Jun Sasaki and Christopher Graves.

‘Orpheus Musician of the Year and youthful Beethoven’

25 October saw the second concert of the Autumn 2012 season. Beethoven’s dramatic and poignant Coriolan Overture and exuberant Symphony No. 2 framed stunning performances of Weber’s Bassoon Concerto from Tamsin Thorn, and the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto from Benjamin Baker. We were also thrilled to welcome Toby Purser as the guest conductor. The response of the audience to the Orpheus Sinfonia and soloists was ecstatic.