Orpheus Sinfonia - A New Approach

Orpheus Sinfonia - Enjoying RehearsalsOrpheus Sinfonia – A New Approach

Orpheus Sinfonia is establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. It was founded as an orchestra to provide opportunity and support for those exceptionally talented young musicians emerging from study out into the profession. The orchestra attracts the very best of music conservatoire graduates, forming an elite group of young professional performers excelling in artistic distinction, with an unrivalled electricity, excitement and passion, and such that stands out from an older and more established entity.

Furthermore, we realise just how much it is within our responsibility to get this out to audiences, to develop and expand the performance opportunities both to make it viable for our musicians, and to enable the experience, benefits and accessibility to such music for the population as a whole. Sub-consciously, known or otherwise, and in so many ways music is incredibly important. For example, author Jill Paton Walsh said recently, we “absolutely need music to resolve the emotion in life” without which the struggle is unresolvable, and carrying out life and work becomes difficult. The need to maintain emotional balance and comprehension is a vital one in today’s world, and one that can be overlooked in the many troubles that are faced, yet perhaps it is not actually far from the centre of these troubles. That is just one of the many unique powers we have the privilege to be able to command through music, and therefore our responsibility is to open this up and use our exceptional musical talent to the support and benefit of others. Classical music does have something for everyone – the world we live in is surrounded by it, but it is enabling people to realise they do have a connection and presenting it in a way that engages with wide appeal, yet not undermining or compromising the very unique and significant value of the music, that is our challenge. It is up to us, the musicians, to develop classical music to meet the needs of our society, so that its wealth of unique and extraordinary qualities can be benefited, utilised, comprehended and engaged with by all.

We have just launched a brand new, very exciting series with Orpheus Sinfonia, “Beneath the Score”, which sees us delve deeper into the music than ever before, but through subjects common and comprehensible to all. The subjects we approach are diverse, including revolution, Shakespeare, love, nature, politics, fairy tales and the universe, amongst others. The thought being a new listener can be drawn to a subject they feel a current understanding and link with, and that is their way in, but at the same time the more experienced musician and concert-goer is also presented with a new and intriguing approach to music they may well already be incredibly familiar with but can discover something afresh, or simply still enjoy what they already do with fresh invigoration. This concept is designed to bring classical music to life by revealing the music, the composers’ lives, emotions and personalities, the times in which they lived, the inspiration and the messages in the music. This is done through music, readings, actors, art, verse and visual images. By exploring what lies behind the notes we can open new doors to those not yet in love with the wonderful and extraordinary power of classical music and at the same time enrich the knowledge and appreciation of those already more familiar. In the next concerts we will explore what Shakespeare's legacy has 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.

Alongside projects and valuable developments of this nature, we are also very aware that we are spoilt with the wealth of musical talent that surrounds us on a regular basis, uplifts and inspires our lives and beings, indeed the very meaning of our existence, and in the past months we have also worked to further develop projects of outreach and support to others.

In April 2014 we collaborated with the charity Keys of Change in an extraordinary project with 40 students from Fukushima, Japan, who came over to London. In this project we enabled music to give them the power of hope, purpose, an emotional outlet and comprehension, and a determination to overcome the devastation they had suffered. To see this visibly happening during the course of the project was remarkable, a testament to the incomparable ability of music and the need for it. And alongside this it gave these young people a pathway and means to developing skills for their future in whatever career path they may be able to forge. There are hundreds of students in Fukushima, and subject to raising the necessary support and funds to make this happen, we aim to fulfil our responsibility to use our music to the benefit and help of those suffering there. We hope to go out to Japan in August 2015 to work with the many students in Fukushima whose lives were devastated by the Tsunami a few years ago, which whilst a thing of the past to us, the suffering is still daily life in Fukushima.

Trinity Hospice is an exceptional establishment in Clapham doing the most vital of work with patients and all those associated with cancer sufferers. In the past year Orpheus has developed a partnership to do what little we can to support and help those involved at the Hospice in all areas, be they the patients themselves, but also those relatives and friends, those bereaved, the carers, medical staff, support staff, administrative staff, cleaners and caretakers. It was extraordinary to witness just what ability we have through the power of our music to provide light at such dark times, a moment of relief, a diversion, a resurgence of memories of better times, the re-vitalisation of the mind and a chance to be a part of something. Patients who had barely spoken a word or communicated for many a month, were engaged and excited - smiles actually broke out on their faces. The sheer power and necessity of music experienced at the closest first hand level. We look forward to this continued work, grateful that we have such a skill that we can impart to such a valuable cause.

Our aim and hope is very much to develop Orpheus further in order to provide more work for our musicians, to fulfil our objectives to share and utilise the power of music to the benefit of all, further performances, enable and discover new partnerships, reach new venues and new audiences, establishing ourselves as the artistic presence, excitement and exhilaration that we are becoming associated with.

Rosie Taylor

Deputy Artistic Director

Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation

February 2015

2014 In Numbers

Orpheus 2014 in numbers Small for web2014 was a year full of opportunities for our musicians, take a look at our Year in Numbers...

For a printable version click here.

Bespoke Productions

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As we launch our Beneath the Score series we are delighted to be supported by Bespoke Productions.

Bespoke Productions are a London based creative event production and audio visual hire company with over 20 years of UK experience in the corporate and entertainment events industry. Working with a number of the UK's biggest companies and venues, as well as smaller companies and private events, they produce tailored, bespoke events for their clients by working closely with them from conception to realisation, guiding them throughout the process with expert advice and opinions. We are very grateful for their expert advice and guidance and this added visual element enhances our performance.

Read here to discover more about Bespoke Productions

Much-deserved MBE for Philip Carne

Philip Carne MBEMuch-deserved MBE for Philip Carne

Philip Carne is well known throughout the world of music and drama as a wonderful benefactor to young musicians and actors at the start of their careers. He has done so much for so many musicians and we are honoured that he was an energetic member of our board.

He has supported countless concerts over the years and through the Richard Carne Trust he has also funded our lunchtime chamber music recitals since 2009.

Our last two concerts featured actors from LAMDA whom Philip had chosen and kindly sponsored. We are delighted that he was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list and send him and his family our warmest congratulations and most profound thanks for all that he has done and continues to do for Orpheus.

Beneath 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.


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: http://www.planethugill.com/2013/11/emmanuel-despax-in-concertos-by-goss.html?spref=tw&m=1.

If you would like to listen to a clip from the CD please take a look at this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAT3Mw6OGqA.

Our CD is available now from signum records www.signumrecords.com, 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.