Patron: HRH Princess Michael of Kent
President: Lady Solti

2017 Recent Concerts

Saturday 19th February, 7.30pm.
St James's Piccadilly.
'The Genius of Mozart'.

Symphony No.1 in E flat, K.16
Alleluia, from Exsultate, Jubilate
Arias and Duets from Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote and Le Nozze di Figaro

Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra
Toby Purser conductor
Jamie Campbell violin
Meghan Cassidy viola
Nicola Said Soprano
Julien van Mellaerts Baritone

A programme celebrating the diversity of Mozart's genius, beginning with his first symphony and stretching to opera from his final year. They are joined by two of the UK's finest New Generation Instrumental Soloists, and two opera singers from the Peace and Prosperity Trust.

Thursday 9th February, 7 for 7.30pm.
Mozart at Queen's Club.
7pm drinks, 7.30pm concert, 8.40 dinner.

Symphony No.1 in E-flat, K.16
Operatic Arias
Flute Concerto No.1 in G, K.313

Orion Orchestra
Alena Lugovkina - flute
Sarah-Jane Lewis - soprano


Sunday 29th January 2017, 2.30pm
Margate Winter Gardens.


Sue Perkins conducts and presents music for Children in a spectacular show with the Orion Orchestra

Sue Perkins - Presenter and Conductor
Sarbel - Eurovision finalist (Greece)
The Notet Dancers

Programme includes music from the Nutcracker, plus songs from Shrek, Aladdin, Frozen and a chance to meet The Simpsons..

From 1.00pm there will be an opportunity for children to try out instruments prior to the concert.

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Tuesday 8th November 2016, 7.30pm
"A Night Under The Stars : Stars and Stripes"

Royal Festival Hall, London

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

Works include (TBC):
Bernstein - Candide Overture
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin - Summertime, from Porgy and Bess
Barber - Adagio
Bernstein - Scenes from West Side Story

Simon Trpceski - piano
Streetwise Opera
Orion Orchestra

Sunday 9th October 2016, 6.00pm

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
Beethoven Symphony No.5

Piano : Natasha Kudritskaya
Conductor: Toby Purser

July 23rd - 30th 2016
Aberystwyth MusicFest 2016 Conductors Course

Including concerts with Orion Orchestra as follows, repertoire TBC:
Wednesday 27th July, 20.00 - The Great Hall Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Saturday 30th July, 20.00 - The Great Hall Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Guy Johnson - cello (TBC)
Tom Poster - piano
Orion Orchestra

Thursday July 12th 2016
World premiere of Jimmy Lee’s 'The Empty Room' and other Orchestral Stories.
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Composer Jimmy Lee launches his debut classical album The Empty Room on 12th July 2016 at Conway Hall. The Guards Chapel Orchestra, a newly founded ensemble comprising of musicians from the Corps of Army Music and the Orion Orchestra, will perform the world premiere of these new works. Major Craig Hallatt, Director of Music for The Household Cavalry, who arranged Jimmy’s scores for symphony orchestra, will conduct the orchestra.

From classical music to contemporary folk ballads and Americana, Jimmy has an exotic and diverse compositional style. Disregarding all barriers that stand between genres, Jimmy has pursued his love of music regardless of any rules. His career has taken him from London’s Wembley Arena and across Europe, to the bars and beer joints in America’s Mid West.

Sunday 3rd July 2016, 7.45pm
"Last Night of the Proms" at at the St Jude’s Music and Literary Festival

St Jude’s Church, South Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7AH

Mozart : Overture to le Nozze di Figaro
Beethoven: Violin concerto
Operatic tenor arias
Last Night of the Proms favourites, including: Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
Arne: Rule Britannia
Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Tenor: David Butt Philip
Violin: Elena Urioste
Conductor: Toby Purser

June 24th - 26th 2016
Marylebone Music Festival

Thursday 18th February 2016, 7.30pm
St Jame's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London. W13 9LL

"Orion Orchestra Presents"

Schubert arr Mahler - Death and the Maiden
Strauss - Metamorphosen

Orion Orchestra
Toby Purser, conductor

2015 Concerts

Sunday 22nd November 2015, 6pm - 2am
"Last Night of the Water Rats Proms"

Grosvenor House Hotel,London.

Rick Wakeman - keyboards
Joanne McGahon - soprano
English Chamber Choir

Orion Orchestra

Thursday 29th October 2015,
Royal Festival Hall, London.

"NOISY NOTES" with Sue Perkins, at the Royal Festival Hall Inspiring the next generation Sue Perkins presents and conducts a full symphony orchestra in a special concert for children, featuring favourites from film and TV, and special guests including Batman and Robin!

Tuesday 27th October 2015. 7.30pm
"The Royal Festival Hall,London.

"A Night Under the Stars"

World renowned conductor Edward Gardner joins Orion and guest soloists for a ‘Fairest Isle’ programme, including Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, and Walton’s music to Henry V. This gala concert is in aid of The Passage, helping London’s homeless.

Thursday 8th October 2015
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London.

Orion Orchestra with Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.

A Special program of Mozart's choral masterpiece, preceded by one of Turnage's key works,
an instrumental requiem for solo cello and ensemble

Matthew Barley : cello
Laura Mitchell : soprano
Angela Simkin : mezzo-soprano
Peter Kirk : tenor
James Oldfield : bass
Michael Gurevich - violin

Schola Cabtorum
Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser : conductor

Thursday 10th September 2015, 7.30pm.
A Royal Celebration at Hampton Court Palace.

Orion celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special chamber music performance in the Chapel Royal followed by champagne reception in the Georgian apartment.
All profit will go towards funding access for children to Noisy Notes on October 29th, ‘Inspiring the next Generation’.

Tuesday 30th June 2015, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Mexico in London!

Celebrating ‘2015 the Year of Mexico in the UK’, a musical and visual programme of works from both countries. Alongside established greats such as Danzón No. 2 by Márquez and Moncayo's Huapango, the programme features the world première of Gonzalez Orduña’s piano concerto, and Thomas Adès’ Polaris performed with video projections designed by BAFTA-award winning artist Tal Rosner. The charity Ojos che Sieten will also feature, with specially commissioned images by blind and partially sighted photographers inspired by listening to the Danzón No. 2 projected during its performance. In the presence of HE The Mexican Ambassador to London, and patrons The Rt. Hon Nick Clegg MP and Miriam González Durántez.

Raul Jimenez - piano
Tal Rosner - video artist
Toby Purser - conductor

Thursday 9th April 2015, 19.30
Cadogan Hall, London.
"3 Piano Concertos and 3 Soloists"

In aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No.1
Liszt - Piano Concerto No.2
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No.3

Evanne Puzaite - piano
Aisa Ijiri - piano
Grace Mo - piano
Orion Orchestra
Conductor - Toby Purser

7th March 2015, 19.30
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore

Guest performance of 'Ones to Watch' Series

Mozart - Overture to Le Nozze de Figaro
Elizabeth Winters - The Serious Side of Madness
Winning work of 'Orion Composers Competition' (world premier)
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No.7

Jennifer Pike - violin
Orion Orchestra

Thursday 26th February 2015, 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London.

A Special London Performance of Orion's Tour Programme
Before Flying to Singapore'

Mozart - Overture to Le Nozze de Figaro
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No.7
Premier of the winning entry in 'The Orion Composers Competition 2015'.
(This programme then tours to Singapore for performance on March 7th.)

Michael Gurevich - violin
Orion Orchestra
Toby Purser, conductor

Wednesday 4th February 2015, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London.

An evening with Rick Wakeman and friends.

The legendary rock keyboard player Rick Wakeman joins the Orion Orchestra and friends in a special event performing highlight of his musical life, and sharing his reminiscences.

Rick Wakeman - piano/keyboards
Orion Orchestra

2014 Concerts

Tuesday October 28th 2014, 19.30
Cadogan Hall, London.

Walton - Scapino Overture
John Adams - 'Absolute Jest', for string quartet and orchestra
Elgar - Enigma Variations
Bernstein - Three Dance Episodes from On The Town

Doric String Quartet
Orion Orchestra

Toby Purser, conductor

Thursday October 9th 2014, 19.30
"LATIN Spirit" A Night Under the Stars.
Royal Festival Hall, London

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

Programme to include:
Buzet - Carmen (Highlights)
Ravel - Bolero
Saint-Saens - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Rodriguez - Concierto de Aranjuez
Piazzolla - Libertango

Milos Karadaglic, guitar
Charlie Siem, violin
Patricia Bardon, mezzo-soprano
Duncan Rock, baritone
Ksenija Sidorova, accordian

Streetwise Opera
Orion Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor

Friday 20th June 2014, 19.30

Britten to Russia

Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London. SW1X 9BZ

Elgar   Introduction and Allegro
Tchaikovsky   Serenade for Strings
Rachmaninov   Vocalise
Britten   Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Orion Orchestra Strings
Toby Purser, conductor

Thursday March 13th 2014, 19.30


Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London. SW1X 9BZ

Elgar   Serenade for Strings
Mozart   Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K.364
Holst   St Paul's Suite
Mozart   Symphony No.29 in A, K.201

Jamie Campbell - violin
Meghan Cassidy - viola
Toby Purser - conductor
Orion Chamber Orchestra

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