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 concerts, equally at home performing a Haydn symphony as accompanying a silent film. Resident at the famous Actors’ Church in Covent Garden, OSP performs regularly at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, at St Martin in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and has appeared at Milton Court, LSO St Luke’s and the Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2015 the orchestra released a critically acclaimed CD featuring premiere recordings of music for strings by Elgar, Malcolm Arnold (both in arrangements by David Matthews) 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 line-up, 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. The orchestra has worked with such acclaimed soloists as Roderick Williams, Steven Osborne, Alexandra Dariescu and David Owen Norris, and with actors Samuel West and Clemency Burton-Hill. Recent highlights include a nine-concert tour of China, screenings of Casablanca, The Snowman and Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush at Southbank Centre, and a cycle of the nine Beethoven symphonies.