Patron: HRH Princess Michael of Kent
President: Lady Solti

2013 Concerts

Monday 9th December 2013, 19.30
Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London.

Serenata Latina!

A vibrant celebration of Latin-Amercan and Latin-influenced music and dance,bringing together internationally renowned British and Latin soloists,dancers,and the James Pearson Trio.

Gershwin - Cuban Overture
Gardel - Por una Cabeza;Il dia que me quieras
Freire - ‘Ay, ay, ay’
Piazzolla – Oblivion Tango; Libertango

Ave Maria - Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Romero - Fuga con Pajarillo
Ginastera: Danzas de ballet ‘Estancias’

Ponce: Estrellita
Lara: Granada
Prats: Romanza de Julio
Velasquez: Besame Mucho
Marquez: Danzon No.2

Jesus Leon – tenor
Lizzie Ball – violin
The James Pearson Trio
Sally Silver - Soprano

Suzie Thorn - Oboe

Orion Orchestra

Conductor - Toby Purser

Tuesday November 5th 2013, 19.30
A Night Under the Stars : ‘The Mozart Experience’
Royal Festival Hall, London.

Charity Gala in aid of The Passage, helping London's homeless.
Works by Mozart include
Clarinet Concerto
Overture to le Nozze di Figaro
Finale of Jupiter Symphony
and favourite operatic arias fron Don Giovanani,The Magic Flute and Le Nozze di Figaro.

Michael Collins - clarinet
Christopher Maltman - baritone
Lucy Crowe - soprano
Orion Orchestra
Conductor - Toby Purser

Tuesday October 29th 2013, 12.00
NOISY NOTES! Concert for Children
Cadogan Hall, London.

Including The Sorcerer's Apprentice with Disney Projection
Music from:
Harry Potter
Les Miserables
Mission Impossiblr
and much more
Sibelius - Symphony No.5

Presented and co-conducted by Sue Perkins
Orion Orchestra

Friday 2nd August 2013, 20.00
The Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Schoenberg - Chamber Symphony No.2
Haydn- Cello concerto in D major
Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante, for violin, viola and orchestra
Brahms - ‘St Anthony’ Variations

Guy Johnston - cello
Jamie Campbell - violin
Meghan Cassidy - viola

Wednesday 31st July, 20.00
The Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Beethoven - Overture 'Coriolan'
Gareth Churchill - 'Oxbow'  (world premier)
Mozart - Symphony No. 35  'Haffner'
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5  'Emperor'

Toby Purser - Conductor
Tom Poster - Piano

Wednesday 17th April, 2013, 19:30
Cadogan Hall, London.

Bax – Tintagel
Britten – Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.6, ‘Pathetique’

Toby Purser - Conductor
Thomas Gould - Violin

Tuesday 26th February 2013, 19.00
St. John's, Smith Square, London.

A programme of French and Azeri music, presented by the Azerbaijan Cultural Foundation

The Strings of the Orion Orchestra
Conductor - Laurent Petitgirard

Thursday 21st February 2013, 20.30
Concert venue in Paris:

Eglise Saint Roch
296 Rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris,

A programme of French and Azeri music, presented by the Azerbaijan Cultural Foundation

The Strings of the Orion Orchestra
Conductor - Laurent Petitgirard

2012 Concerts

Tchaikovsky Gala in aid of Victim Support
Thursday 22nd November 2012, 19.30
Barbican Centre, London

Gala concert in aid of Victim Support

Tchaikovsky   Excerpts from Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky   Excerpts from the Ballets *

Cast including:
Toby Purser    conductor
*Sue Perkins   conductor
Pauls Putnins   Eugene Onegin
Christopher Ventris    Lensky
Emma Gardner   Tatyana
Wendy Dawn Thompson   Olga

A Night Under the Stars: Crown and Country
Thursday November 8th 2012, 19.30
Royal Festival Hall, London

Charity Gala in aid of The Passage, helping London's homeless

Handel   Zadok the Priest
Vaughan Williams   The Lark Ascending
Walton   Crown Imperial
Elgar   Cello Concerto

Toby Purser   conductor
Julian Lloyd Webber   cello
Tasmin Little   violin
Orion Chorus

Music and Majesty
Wednesday 31st October 2012, 17.30
Cadogan Hall, London

Concert in aid of the St. Lazarus Trust

Walford Davies   Big Ben Looks On
Walton   Violin Concerto
Parry   Parry Symphonic Variations
Elgar   Variations on a Theme 'Enigma'

Toby Purser   conductor
Valeriy Sokolov   violin

Aberystwyth MusicFest  July 21st - 28th 2012
Wednesday 25th July, 20.00
The Great Hall

Schumann   Symphony No.4
Peter Lieuwen   Cello Concerto (World Premiere)*
Elgar   Romance for Bassoon
Ravel   Piano Concerto in G

Nicholas Jones   cello
Tom Poster   piano
Laurence Perkins   bassoon
*Franz Anton Krager   conductor

Saturday 28th July, 20.00
The Great Hall

Mozart   Overture to ‘The Magic Flute’
Shostakovich   Cello Concerto No. 1 *
Dvorak   Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World’

Toby Purser   conductor
Guy Johnston   cello

Proms at St. Jude's

Sunday 24th June 2012, 19.45
St. Jude's, Church, Hampstead Garden Suburbs, London.

Liadov   Polonaise Op 55
Rachmaninov   Piano Concerto No.3
Dvorak   Symphony No.9, 'From the New World'

Toby Purser   conductor
Panos Karan  piano

Thursday March 15th 2012, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall, London:
'Great Young Artists Series'

Toby Purser - conductor

Giovanni Guzzo - violin


Wagner - Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Brahms - Symphony No.4

2011 Concerts

Monday February 20th 2011, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall, London:
'Eastern voices, Western echos.'
Gala concert in aid of Peace and the Prosperity Trust.
Legendary tenor Dennis O'Neill leads a host of leading young Middle Eastern and Western operatic talent in an inspirational evening of music from the Western and Arabic Worlds.

Toby Purser – conductor

Dennis O'Neal- tenor
and rising star musicians of the East and West.

Thursday November 10th 2011, 7.30pm - A Night Under the Stars :
Royal Festival Hall, London:
"From Russia with Love"

Charity Gala in aid of The Passage, helping London's homeless.

Joanna MacGregor- piano
Charlie Siem - violin
Richard Harwood - cello
Toby Purser - conductor

Shostakovich - Festive Overture
Tchaikovsky - Excerpts from Swan Lake
Shostakovich - Romance of the Gadfly
Prokofiev - Dance of the Knights (from Romeo and Juliet)

Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninov - Vocalise
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

Wednesday October 5th 2011, 7.30pm
Genius for Genes Gala Concert:

Presented by Sue Perkins
Cadogan Hall, London.

A special Gala Concert in aid of CGD Research Trust, presented by Sue Perkins, also making a special conducting appearance in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture. The evening featured Tenori, award-winning pianist Ben Schoeman, and Orion, the Orchestra of Rising Stars.

Orion Orchestra

Ben Schoeman  -  piano
Toby Purser  -  Conductor


Rossini  -  'William Tell' Overture

Jakub Polaczyk  -  Fanfares Procession (UK premiere)

Prokofiev  -  Piano Concerto No.1

Mozart  -  Overture Le Nozze di Figaro)

Mascagni  -  Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Tenor arias, Romantic ballads and Neapolitan Songs including:

Verdi:  -  'Di quella pira' from Il Trovatore
Lara:  -  Granada
Lehaar:  -  You are my Heart's Delight
De Curtis   -  Torna a Sorriento

July 23rd to 30th 2011 - Aberystwyth MusicFest
Orion Symphony Orchestra

Toby Purser will be directing the conductors' class, working alongside the Orion Symphony Orchestra and performing two evening concerts

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Thursday 24th March 2011. 7.30pm.
Cadogan Hall, London:

Orion Symphony Orchestra

European premier of a rediscovered orchestration of the Song of the Volga Boatmen, attributed to Stravinsky. Internationally renowned baritone Robert Poulton sings, and cellist Guy Johnston launches the Orion's Great Young Soloists series.

Guy Johnston - Cello
Robert Poulton - Baritone
Toby Purser - Conductor

Britten - Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes
Elgar - Cello Concerto
Russian trad (orch. attributed Stravinsky) - Song of the Volga Boatmen
Mussorgsky (orch Landers) - Over the River
Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances

2010 Concerts

Thursday 11th November 2010. 7.30pm.
Cadogan Hall: "Remembrance & Revival"
An Armistice Day concert of celebrated and forgotten British masterpieces
Orion Symphony Orchestra

Evening in aid of The St Lazarus Charitable Trust, which raises money for the cure, care and rehabilitation of leprosy sufferers. The programme features the revival of Dorothy Howell's brilliant piano concerto.

Valentina Seferinova - Piano
Toby Purser - Conductor

Vaughan Williams: - Wasps Overture; Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus"
Holbrooke: - Variations on "The girl I left behind me".
Howell: - Piano Concerto.
Elkington: - Out of the Mist (Arrival of the Unknown Warrior)
Elgar: - In the South

Thursday 7th Ocrober 2010. 7.30pm.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.
"A Night At The Opera"

In aid of "The Passage" - helping homless people for 30 years.

Griff Rhys Jones hosts an evening of operatic hits featuring arias from Puccini's La bohème, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Bizet's Carmen, plus music by Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Rossini. Soprano Joan Rodgers CBE leads a line up of exciting soloists.
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July 24-31 2010, Aberystwyth MusicFest.
Toby directied the first conducting class of the Aberystwyth Music Festival, with the Orion Symphony Orchestra

The Festival included two public concerts below, in the Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Thursday 29th July, 7.45pm
Mozart -Overture 'Marriage of Figaro'
New works by the composers' class
Haydn - Cello Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No 2 in D

Guy Johnston - cello

Saturday 31st July, 7.45 pm
Festival Closing Concert

Rossini - Overture 'Italian Girl in Algiers'
Beethoven Triple Concerto
John Metcalf - premier
Mendelssohn - Symphony No.4 'Italian'

Pavel Fischer - violin
Guy Johnston - cello
Tom Poster- piano

Thursday 11th March 2010. 7.30pm.
Cadogan Hall: "Genius for Genes"
Gala concert in aid of the CGD Research Trust

Orion Symphony Orchestra

Adam Walker - Flute
Laura Mitchell - Soprano
Jesús León - Tenor
Toby Purser - Conductor  

Part 1 - Classical Genius:

Mendelssohn:      Overture, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mozart:                Flute Concerto in D major, K.314

Part 2 - Operatic Genius:

Verdi:           Prelude; Ella mi fu rapita ; Caro nome (Rigotetto);   Un di felice (La Traviata)
Massenet:     Pourquoi me réveiller(Werther)
Catalani:       Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (La Wally)
Puccini :       Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut;   Chi il ben sogno (La Rondine);   Recondita armonia (Tosca)
Giordano:     Vicino a te s'acqueta (Andre Chenier)

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