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. They are flexible in size and have often performed as a full chamber orchestra.

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 ensembles/orchestras such as Haydn’s orchestra in Esterhazy, Bach’s in Colon, Vivaldi in Venice and Mozart’s subscription concerts in Vienna, 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.

Baroque Extravaganza the Orfeas 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 Vaughn 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 Patrick Noronha Camerata with whom they have performed symphonies and concertos by Haydn & Mozart and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

In April 2009 they worked with Maestro Enrico Marconi giving a very successful performance in St John’s Smith Square of Beethoven’s  Emperor Piano Concerto and 5th Symphony.

In December 2009 they gave the world premier of Denise Mangiardi’s ‘A Greek In New York’Concerto for Violin and Chamber Ensemble written for Orpheus.

Performances include:

  1. East Finchley Arts Festival

  2. St James’s Piccadilly: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

  3. St Paul’s Church Covent Garden

  4. St Martin in the Fields

  5. Kingston College : Baroque Extravaganza

  6. Reform Club performance of Mozart’s First Opera La Finta    Semplice

  7. Royal Overseas League Rotary Club Chartity Concert

  8. Nerhu Center London Concert Celebrating Bahian Faith

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Orfeas Ensemble



The Orfeas Ensemble is available to perform and work with international artists and conductors.  They can enlarge to include a full symphony orchestra capacity.

This season their apperances include

St Peter’s Italian Church,150th Anniversary celebrations

with conductor Antonio Pappano Riccio X

Brunei Gallery - SOAS Persian Classical Music

Mozart and Strauss at the Royal Overseas League for the Rotary Club of London

Concerts at their residence at St John’s Church Notting Hill. 

They are currently recording their debut CD.

For futher information, enquiries, and hiring the ensemble please contact their leader Orpheus.

email ensemble@orpheusviolinist.com