Orpheus Sinfonia (f. 2009) is a young and vibrant, bright beacon of the UK’s 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, inspiring and investing in music’s future via meaningful, stimulating audience engagement, bringing music to all.

Over the last decade the orchestra has grown through many avenues. 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. 

The resident orchestra at St George’s Hanover Square in London, Orpheus regularly makes appearances throughout the UK, with recent notable venues including Royal Festival Hall, London Coliseum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hackney Empire, and Windsor Castle. Festival invitations include Cheltenham Festival, Cambridge Summer Music, Windsor Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, and Beaminster Festival. 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, immersive events, children’s interactive performances, workshops and introductions, choral works, orchestra live to film, and opera. 

2022 saw Orpheus conclude 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 to great critical acclaim; and honoured to be invited to perform for the Platinum Jubilee Concert of the late HM The Queen in Windsor Castle. Recently the orchestra has performed for film premieres including Avatar: Way of Water, Tár and Chevalier. Pioneering in commitment to engaging with future’s in music, Orpheus commissioned brand new British children’s interactive symphonic work Fred & The Fantastic Tub-Tub by James Marangone and Zeb Soanes. The work premiered in the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival in the Autumn 2023, and is now receiving performances across the South-East reaching 1000s of children. Forging new partnerships across the arts Orpheus’ live and digital concert series, Synergy, works with multiple partners, including the Wallace Collection.

Celebrating all that Orpheus has come to learn makes for success over the last decade, 2023 saw the launch of the Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation Programme. Supported by Skyrme Hart Charitable Foundation, this Foundation Programme gives real-time opportunity to recently graduated instrumentalists, conductors, composers and opera singers across a year through performances and advancement sessions mentored by Orpheus Principals, continuing our ethos of investing in music’s future.

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. 

Orpheus Sinfonia live in performance at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, (c) Julian Guidera

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Orpheus Sinfonia in interactive workshops in Churchill Gardens, Pimlico.

Throughout the Covid-19 Global Pandemic, Orpheus Sinfonia was highly active in supporting its musicians and keeping their creativity alive. Orpheus produced over fifty online concerts through its innovative digital Adjourned and Synergy series. Whilst forging a new partnership with the Wallace Collection, the orchestra was able to support the livelihoods of its artists and bring joy to audiences around the world. Orpheus, led by its musicians, 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 performance opportunities to those most in need and these digital concert platforms enabled the exploration of our 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, Grimeborn Opera Festival, Scherzo Ensemble and West Green House Opera. From 2017 until the Pandemic struck Orpheus was the Official Orchestra of the International Opera Awards. 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, nominated for Offies Best Opera Production in 2021. Orpheus concluded this ground-breaking re-interpretation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 2022 with the Arcola Theatre at Hackney Empire in a double bill of Siegfried and Gotterdammerung to great critical acclaim. 2023 saw a return to West Green House Opera, and following 5 star reviews of Orpheus’ performances in both Constanze and Robinson Crusoe at West Green House Opera in 2023, the orchestra is immensely looking forward to returning in 2024 with one of our all time favourites, Suor Angelica.

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 comissioning our very own brand new cinematic and interactive work ‘Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub’, by Zeb Soanes and James Marangone.

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

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