Orchestra of St Paul’s
The Orchestra of St Paul’s is one of London’s most dynamic and versatile chamber orchestras. Under the baton of Artistic Director Ben Palmer, OSP has developed a reputation for imaginative programming and exciting, stylish performances. Resident at the famous Actors’ Church in Covent Garden, the orchestra performs regularly at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, at St John’s, Smith Square, and at prestigious venues and festivals throughout the UK and internationally. 2014 sees the release of two CDs on the Somm label, featuring world première recordings by Elgar, Malcolm Arnold and Robert Simpson. Based around a core of principal players, the Orchestra of St Paul’s adapts to each project, varying its layout, playing style and lineup, ranging in size from a small ensemble to an orchestra of 60 or more. The orchestra’s patron is Sir Roger Norrington, one of the world’s leading exponents of historical performance.
OSP has given first performances by, amongst others, Mendelssohn, Elgar, David Matthews and Richard Blackford, and in 2011 appointed award-winning Irish composer Solfa Carlile as the orchestra’s first Composer-in-Residence. The orchestra has worked with such acclaimed soloists as Roderick Williams, Steven Osborne, Alexandra Dariescu and David Owen Norris (as both composer and pianist), and with actor Samuel West.
Past seasons have included a sell-out performance of Verdi Requiem in St John’s, Smith Square, a two-week, nine-concert tour of China, performances at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, regular appearances at the English Music Festival, and a cycle of the nine Beethoven symphonies. 2014/15 includes performances of Peter and the Wolf and The Snowman at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and, at the Purcell Room, a programme of Milhaud, Stravinsky, Ives and John Adams, and screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush.