Orfeas Ensemble

The Orfeas Ensemble is an exciting and flexible chamber group based on the Orfeas String Quartet with the additional tonal forces of strings, woodwind, piano & harpsichord.

The Ensemble has a varied concert activity, recently including a series of performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Orpheus Papafilippou as Soloist/Director in London and the South East.

The Orfeas Ensemble is passionate about performing the larger mixed chamber ensemble repertoire.  It draws inspiration from the legendary small ensembles/orchestras such as Haydn's orchestra in Esterhazy, Bach's in Colon, Vivaldi in Venice and Mozart in Vienna and even the Czardasz Bands of Central Europe.  Using small forces creating an incisive sound with a mixture of leggiero playing,  intensive rhythmic attack and beautiful a cantilena line the Orfeas Ensemble give exciting and authentically informed performances of Baroque and Classical Masterpieces through to works written for them.

In their Baroque Extravaganza all the ensemble members are showcased as soloists in a varied and exciting programme mixing the English, German and Italian High Baroque. The ensemble have performed this programme to critical acclaim, working closely with the distinguished harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham. 

The Orfeas Ensemble is the resident ensemble of the London Ripieno choir for several concert seasons including appearances at the East Finchley Arts Festival performing Handel Messiah, Bach Magnificat, Faure Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria and Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs.  

In addition to chamber and choral work the Orfeas Ensemble has formed the back bone of several larger ensembles including the London European Orchestra performing in London's Cadogan Hall and  Patrick Noronha Camerata with whom they have performed symphonies & concertos by Haydn & Mozart and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. 

Performances include the East Finchley Arts Festival, Vivaldi's Four Seasons at St James's Piccadilly and the World Premier of 'A Greek in New York' by Denise Mangiari at St Paul's Church Covent Garden.  They have given their Baroque Extravaganza at Kingston College, Mozart's first opera La Finta Semplice at the Reform Club and regular performances at St Martin in the Fields

Orfeas Ensemble

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  • “Orfeas Quartet offers a rare blend of professionalism and passionate musicality that sees its members equally at home contributing a touch of class to a special event or in the spotlight on the concert stage.”
    Jennifer Lang - St Martin in the Fields
  • “The corridors have been ringing with your praises these past two days ... you allowed us a glimpse of beauty we sorely needed.”
    Cuthbert Le M. Scott Manormead Care Home, Surrey
  • “Orpheus and his players have on various occasions taken part in London Ripieno Society concerts both accompanying the London Ripieno Singers and playing orchestral works. I have always found them to be responsive and equal to the task. ”
    Geoffrey Hanson - Conductor & Artistic Director
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    • Baroque Extravaganza (8 players)
    • Purcell
      Chacony in G Minor
    • Bach JS
      Brandenburg Concerto No 5
    • Telemann
      Viola Concerto
    • Bach JS
      Violin Concerto No 2 in E
    • Vivaldi
      Summer & Winter from The Four Seasons