Orpheus Sinfonia receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

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Orpheus Sinfonia has been awarded a grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, as announced by the Culture Secretary, Here For Culture.

We are one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. 

Orpheus Sinfonia is a beacon of cultural significance and opportunity. Through our programme of innovatively conceived activity, we work for the future of music. We bring you the best musicians of tomorrow, today, opening the doors of classical music to all corners of society and increasing provision of invigorating innovative creative opportunity. In 2019 Orpheus provided work for 196 musicians, giving 36 performances to diverse audiences of 14861, bringing music to 3183 children & working with 13 schools. 

This funding is a critical lifeline for Orpheus Sinfonia, the key to our future as we rebuild to work sustainably for the benefit of all, in inclusively sharing, educating and performing extraordinary projects. Our exceptional freelance musicians remain at the centre of all we do, and are the very point of Orpheus’ existence. Orpheus Sinfonia is here for culture and very actively letting music live. 

Our pioneering Adjourned but Still in Session series kept our musicians playing during lockdown, brining music to a wider audience at a time of isolation. This we will now develop, in Adjourned: Synergy and digital adaptations of Multiplay – our innovative outreach programme, as work to return to live performance to in person audiences whilst continuing our successful digital adaptations.

This funding is an absolute game-changer for Orpheus Sinfonia right now. We are facing one of the most difficult time’s collectively, and not being able to continue our activities as normal, has, created unprecedented difficulties for so many. We are extremely grateful for this support and very excited about what this will make possible. We will be able to continue working with and supporting our wonderful young freelancers with the projects that we will be able to make happen, once more, ensuring the bright and diverse future of classical music for as many people as possible.





Thomas Carroll

Artistic Director, Orpheus Sinfonia

This was the most incredible news to receive, and we are so grateful to all that made this possible, and the investment of support in our organisation at this time. It has been a very worrying period, in which we had remained utterly determined, but with a grave outlook ahead of us. Knowing Orpheus had developed so far recently, with so much potential to benefit so many, its vitality to those freelancers we work with, to those young people we open the doors to music for and our role in building the future of classical music, we felt so passionately it had to survive for everyone we reach. To now know this is going to be possible, that Orpheus will survive and thrive, is an extraordinary relief and beacon of light for the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Watch this space – we will be bringing exceptional projects to everyone, initially carrying on our innovative digital activity over the coming six months before looking forward to live performances with in person audiences soon in the future.

Rosemary Taylor

Chief Executive, Orpheus Sinfonia

Life is so tough for young musicians, these days, that I view the work of Orpheus Sinfonia as not only hugely beneficial but an essential part of the landscape”

Sir Antonio Papanno


Coronavirus presents a huge threat to the livelihoods of the young musicians in Orpheus Sinfonia so I am extremely proud to support their efforts in creating these astonishing online recitals for music-lovers everywhere

Dame Judi Dench


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