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Alpha & Omega 3

Tuesday 9th October 2018
Cadogan Hall, London

Shostakovich Symphony No. 1, Op. 10
Shostakovich Symphony No. 15, Op. 141

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The Urology Foundation Charity Gala Concert

Wednesday 23 May 2018
Cadogan Hall, London

Adinsell Warsaw Concerto
Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Adrian Goldsmith Piano Concerto No. 2 (world premiere)

Eduardo Andrade piano, Aisa Ijiri piano, Panayiotis Gogos piano, Toby Purser conductor, Orion Orchestra

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Alpha & Omega - 2

Tuesday 15 May 2018
Cadogan Hall, London

Wagner Overture from Das Liebesverbot
Elgar Cello Concerto
Wagner Prelude to Parsifal
Elgar Enigma Variations

Jamie Walton cello, Toby Purser conductor, Orion Orchestra

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Alpha & Omega - 1

Sunday 18 February 2018
Cadogan Hall, London

Mozart Symphony No. 1
David Roche Acoustical Anatomy
Mozart Symphony No. 41, ‘Jupiter’

Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser (conductor) 
Sponsored by Dyson Ltd


An Evening of Romance at The Queen's Club

Wednesday 14 February 2018
St James's, Spanish Place

Bach: Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra
Elgar: Salut d’amour
Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Ponce: arr. Heifetz: Estrellita
Walton: 'Touch her soft lips and part’ from Henry V
Piazzola: Oblivion Tango
Elgar: Serenade for Strings

Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser (conductor)



Sue Perkins conducts Handel's Messiah

Tuesday December 5th 2017
St James's, Spanish Place

An evening of selections from Handel's Messiah, conducted by Sue Perkins. 

Sue Perkins conductor, Orion Orchestra, North London Chorus, Murray Hipkin conductor (NLC)


Night Under the Stars:
Russian Soul

Tuesday 7th November 2017
Royal Festival Hall

Mussorgsky: Coronation scene from Boris Godunov
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Tchaikovsky: Don Juan's Serenade, Op.38 No.1
Mussorgsky: Promenade and Gnomus from Pictures at an Exhibition
Traditional: Song of the Volga Boatmen arr. Raymond Yiu
Rachmaninov: Ves tabor spit (The whole camp sleeps) (Aleko's Cavatina) from Aleko
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser conductor Boris Giltburg piano, Duncan Rock baritone, Robert Lloyd bass, Griff Rhys Jones presenter, Streetwise Opera, Westminster Choral Society


Holst: The Planets

with the Band of the Household Cavalry
and the Military Wives Choirs

Sunday 22nd October 2017
Cadogan Hall

Holst Suite No. 1
Coles Behind the Lines
Holst The Planets

Claude-Michel Schönberg, Arr. Mark Brymer
Bring Him Home from Les Misérables
Joanna and Alexander L’Estrange
We Will Remember Them (world premiere)

Orion Orchestra, the Band of the Household Cavalry, Military Wives Choirs, Toby Purser (conductor), Major Craig Hallatt (conductor)


Orion Orchestra and
Tom Poster

Saturday 29th July 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Mozart Symphony No 32 in G, K418
Kenneth Hesketh Concerto Salmigondis
Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K488
Rachmaninov Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
Brahms Hungarian Dance Book 1 No 4

Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser (conductor), 
Tom Poster (piano)


Orion Orchestra with Sacconi Quartet, Guy Johnston and Jamie Campbell

Aberystwyth MusicFest
Wednesday 26th July 2017

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Elgar Introduction and Allegro Op 47*
Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello in A minor Op 102

Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser (conductor), Sacconi Quartet, Guy Johnston (cello) Jamie Campbell (violin) with students from MusicFest's strings courses.


Opera Gala
Marylebone Music Festival 2017

The Landmark London,
23th June 2017

Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, Deh vieni non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro, Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön, from Die Zauberflöte, Là ci darem la mano, from Don Giovanni, Soave sia il vento, from Così fan Tutte

Delibes: Duet from Lakmé
Bizet: Flower Song from Carmen, Duet from Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavaleria RusticanaVoi lo sapete from Cavaleria Rusticana
Puccini: Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly

Verdi: Va Pensiero, from Nabucco, Quartet from Rigoletto, Brindisi from La Traviata

Toby Purser - Conductor, Mary Bevan – Soprano, Clare Presland – Mezzo-Soprano, Nick Prichard - Tenor, Duncan Rock – Baritone, The Landmark Choir & Friends, Orion Orchestra.


Portraits and Premieres

Wednesday 10th May 2017
The Guard's Chapel, Birdcage Walk

A evening of music performed by the Band of the Household Cavalry together with The Orion Orchestra, Rick Wakeman, and Sarbel. A programme composed of popular classics, and premieres of newly composed music.

Orion Orchestra, The Band of the Household Cavalry, Rick Wakeman, Sarbel.


The Genius of Mozart

St James's Piccadilly, London
19th February 2017

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

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.

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


Mozart at The Queen's Club

The Queen's Club
9th February 2017

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

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Noisy Notes 2017

Margate Winter Gardens
29th January 2017

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

Sue Perkins as presenter and conductor
The Notet Dancers

Programme included music from the Nutcracker, plus songs from Shrek, Aladdin, Frozen and a chance to meet The Simpsons, alongside the opportunity for children to try out instruments before the concert.


Alpha & Omega is a concert series devised by Toby Purser and Orion Orchestra, exploring the first and last works of great composers.

The year-long series began in February 2018 at Cadogan Hall, with a concert featuring Mozart's first and final symphonies, alongside a brand new composition by David Roche in collaboration with Dyson.



Alpha & Omega - 4
Thursday 7th February, 2019
Grosvenor Chapel

Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

Alpha & Omega - 5
Tuesday 30th April 2019
Cadogan Hall

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’

So far in the series


Alpha &
Omega - 3

Tuesday 9th October, 2018

Shostakovich Symphony No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 15

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Alpha & Omega

18th May 2018, Cadogan Hall

Wagner Overture from Das Liebesverbot
Elgar Cello Concerto
Wagner Prelude to Parsifal
Elgar Enigma Variations

Toby Purser, conductor
Jamie Walton, cello

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Alpha & Omega
Opening Concert

18th February 2018, Cadogan Hall

Mozart Symphony No. 1
David Roche ‘Acoustical Anatomy’
for Dyson Technology and Orchestra
Mozart Symphony No. 41, ‘Jupiter’

Toby Purser, conductor


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A Night Under The Stars:
Stars and Stripes

8th November 2016
Royal Festival Hall, London

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

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



Orion Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, with Natacha Kudritskaya

9th October 2016
Cadogan Hall

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

Piano: Natacha Kudritskaya
Conductor: Toby Purser

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Aberystwyth MusicFest

2016 Conductors Course, including concerts with Orion Orchestra.
July 23rd - 30th 2016

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
Tom Poster - piano
Orion Orchestra



World premiere of Jimmy Lee’s 'The Empty Room' and other Orchestral Stories.

Thursday July 12th 2016
Conway Hall, London

Composer Jimmy Lee launches his debut classical album The Empty Room at Conway Hall. The Guards Chapel Orchestra, a newly founded ensemble comprising of musicians from the Corps of Army Music and the Orion Orchestra, 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.


"Last Night of the Proms" at at the St Jude’s Music and Literary Festival

Sunday 3rd July 2016
St Jude’s Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb

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

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Marylebone Music Festival

Orion Orchestra, Orchestra in Residence
Sunday 3rd July 2016

The Orion Orchestra took its place in 2016 as the resident orchestra at the inaugural Marylebone Music Festival, a weekend held across the London neighbourhood's most special venues. 



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"Orion Orchestra Presents"

St James' Church, Piccadilly.
18th February 2016

Schubert arr Mahler - Death and the Maiden
Strauss - Metamorphosen

Orion Orchestra
Toby Purser, conductor

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Last Night of the Water Rats Proms

Grosvenor House Hotel, London
22nd November 2015

Rick Wakeman - keyboards
Joanne McGahon - soprano
English Chamber Choir
Orion Orchestra

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Noisy Notes 2015

Royal Festival Hall, London
29th October 2015

"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!

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A Night Under the Stars: Fairest Isle

27th October 2015
Royal Festival Hall, London.

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.



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

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A Royal Celebration at Hampton Court Palace

10th September 2015
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’.


Mexico in London!

30th June 2015
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

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 also featured, 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


3 Piano Concertos and 3 Soloists

9th April 2015
Cadogan Hall, London

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


Guest performance of 'Ones to Watch' Series

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

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



26th February 2015
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