Orpheus Sinfonia (f. 2009) is a young and vibrant, bright beacon of the UK’s professional orchestral scene, producing performances for public benefit. Orpheus explores new and ground-breaking avenues for performance, outreach work, and community interaction. We strive to make the highest quality music available to all and to create new and exceptional works of excellence, transforming lives. Orpheus exists for musicians to succeed and discover their creativity, investing in music’s future via meaningful, inspiring audience engagement, bringing music to all.

Over the last decade the orchestra has grown through many avenues, and its charitable initiatives and musically enterprising spirit have been recognised and supported through the patronage of Dame Judi Dench and Sir Antonio Pappano. Orpheus is currently under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll, with Oliver Gooch as principal guest conductor.

Resident at St George’s Hanover Square in London, Orpheus regularly makes appearances throughout the UK, 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 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.

Last year Orpheus concluded a ground-breaking re-interpretation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Arcola Theatre at Hackney Empire in a double bill of Siegfried and Gotterdammerung, received to great critical acclaim. The orchestra has been invited to play at premieres for films including Avatar: Way of Water and Tár, performed for the Platinum Jubilee Concert in Windsor Castle, and has commissioned brand new British children’s symphonic work Fred & The Fantastic Tub-Tub by James Marangone and Zeb Soanes. Forging new partnerships across the arts Orpheus is developing a new live and digital concert series, Synergy, working with amongst others the Wallace Collection.

Orpheus has enjoyed collaborations with performers such as Dame Felicity Lott, Tasmin Little, Heinrich Schiff and our Patron, Sir Antonio Pappano. The orchestra has been invited to perform in many 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 since 2018, including 2019 for the 40th anniversary tour, alongside our programme of core concerts in London. Orpheus Sinfonia has featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, Times Radio and released its debut CD on Signum Classics. 

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Throughout the Covid-19 Global Pandemic, Orpheus Sinfonia has been highly active in
supporting its musicians and keeping their creativity alive. Orpheus has produced over fifty online concerts through its innovative digital Adjourned and Synergy series, and while forging a new partnership with the Wallace Collection, the orchestra has been able to support the livelihoods of its artists and bring joy to audiences around the world. Orpheus, led by its musicians, has evolved as quickly as possible, adapting and exploring its creativity to meet the changing circumstances of this new, constantly changing, and challenging musical landscape. It is part of the orchestra’s mission to provide these performance opportunities throughout these times and these digital concert platforms have enabled the exploration of its musicians creativity, whilst offering those at home momentary escape and respite from the situation, emotional uplift, further well-being and cultural connection. Orpheus Sinfonia is most grateful for the invaluable support of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, Arts Council England, Westminster City Council and private benefactors who have made an extraordinary difference and have made this possible.

Orpheus Sinfonia has received great critical acclaim and a nomination for operatic productions with Iford Arts and Grimeborn Opera Festival. Orpheus’ production of the Rape of Lucretia with the Arcola Theatre won the Offies Best Opera Production in 2019. The same team returned with Das Rheingold, which was selected as one of the Evening Standard’s Top 10 of 2019. The orchestra recently reopened the Hackney Empire in 2021 with a bold reimagining of the second act of Wagner‘s Ring Cycle, Die Walküre for the Grimeborn Festival, which is nominated for Offies Best Opera Production in 2021.

Orpheus Sinfonia strongly believes it has a responsibility to reach new audiences and inspire younger generations with our performances and various bespoke educational projects and programmes, under our Multiplay initiative. We address young people’s lack of musical access, evidenced in government reports, by increasing provision and availability of creative opportunity, through invigorating innovative approaches, educational programmes and targeted outreach opportunities. Orpheus through its work focuses on well-being and relief to bring music to those in need, such as the elderly, vulnerable and isolated. Our partnerships in this area have included working with the Tim Henman Foundation, Trinity Hospice, Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, Windsor Festival, Iford Arts and Newbury Spring Festival. Recent performances in this area have included the Snowman Tour, with bespoke interactive festive introduction, and with a brand new cinematic and interactive work ‘Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub’.

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Orpheus Collaborations

Orpheus Sinfonia has enjoyed a wide-variety of collaborations in recent years with outstanding artists from across the music industry. 

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