Orpheus Sinfonia is a young and vibrant, bright beacon of the UK’s orchestral scene, producing high-quality performances for public benefit. The orchestra explores new and ground-breaking avenues for performance, outreach work, and community interaction. Orpheus exists for musicians to succeed and discover their creativity, whilst investing in music’s future with meaningful, inspiring audience engagement.
Orpheus Sinfonia was founded in 2009 with the aim to support and nurture talented young musicians, often emerging from conservatoire, to embark on professional careers, by enabling opportunity, work and professional experience. Over the last decade the orchestra has continued to grow and its charitable initiatives and musically enterprising spirit have been recognised and supported through the patronage of Dame Judi Dench, and Sir Antonio Pappano. The orchestra is currently under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll, with Oliver Gooch featuring as principal guest conductor.
Orpheus Sinfonia is the resident orchestra at St George’s Hanover Square in London, but regularly makes appearances throughout the UK with recent notable venues including Royal Festival Hall, London Coliseum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hackney Empire, and Windsor Castle. Since 2017, Orpheus Sinfonia has been the official orchestra of the International Opera Awards. The orchestra specialises in delivering wide-ranging high-level performances incorporating symphonic repertoire, world premières, curated and bespoke programmes, children’s interactive performances, workshops and introductions, choral works, and orchestra live to film and opera.
The versatility of Orpheus Sinfonia has allowed it to carve out its own special place in an exciting but also highly competitive music industry. Understanding how important it is to nurture a spirit of collaboration amongst artists, Orpheus has recently worked with inspiring and exciting performers such as with Dame Felicity Lott, Tasmin Little, Heinrich Schiff and our Patron, Sir Antonio Pappano. The orchestra has enjoyed performances in festivals including Windsor, Cheltenham, Newbury, Hampstead and Cambridge, welcomed soloists such as Sir Roderick Williams, Anne Sophie Duprels, Brindley Sherratt, Bryan Hymal and Jack Liebeck and toured The Snowman live to film at Christmas in 2018 and in 2019 for the 40th anniversary tour, alongside our programme of core concerts in London. Orpheus Sinfonia has also featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, Times Radio and released its debut CD on Signum Classics.