To push the artistic boundaries and audience experience in live orchestral music.
To create dynamic, engaging and outstanding musical experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.
We create dynamic and engaging musical experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. We perform throughout London and the UK in venues ranging from traditional concert halls, to schools and hospitals, alternative venue spaces and diverse community settings. We place our audiences at the heart of everything we do, bringing unforgettable music and cultural events to them.
Led by our Artistic Director, Stephen Layton, and Principal Conductor, Michael Collins, we regularly work with world class artists as well as up and coming talent, including in the last year: Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, Polyphony, Hugh Brunt, Roderick Williams and Elizabeth Watts among others. We perform across London at all the major concert halls and venues, as well as St Paul's Cathedral and other venues in the City of London and on the City fringes. We are resident orchestra at the capital's popular Opera Holland Park and regular guests at major UK festivals, including the BBC Proms, Brighton, Spitalfields Music and Cheltenham Festivals.
Our education and outreach programme, Meet the Music, was one of the first established by a UK orchestra. Last year our musicians spent over 100 days making music with a wide range of groups throughout the country, reaching over 10,000 people. Recent projects include our Lullaby concert tour for young children in rural and isolated parts of England and First Time Live touring programme for 10-14 year olds, both in partnership with Orchestras Live, as well our ongoing work with 5-7 year olds in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. We also regularly work with Great Ormond Street Hospital, Evelina Children’s Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Jewish Care homes, St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney and the Dementia Research Centre.
The Orchestra has an extensive discography of over one hundred recordings, which includes the award-winning recording of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes. Our current recordings include Instrumation with Gwilym Simcock on ACT, Weber's Clarinet and Horn Concertos with Michael Collins and Stephen Stirling on CHANDOS, and Britten's St Nicolas with the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Holst Singers and Stephen Layton, on Hyperion.