OSP (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, equally at home playing a Haydn symphony as accompanying a silent film. Resident at the famous Actor’s Church, St Paul’s in Covent Garden, OSP performs regularly at London’s leading concert halls, including Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall and Barbican Centre’s Milton Court.
The current season includes music for strings by John Adams, Schoenberg and Richard Strauss, Haydn’s The Creation at Guildford Cathedral, the premiere of Neil Brand’s new score for Hitchcock’s The Lodger, and a Charlie Chaplin/Carl Davis triple bill at the Proms at St Jude's, as well as OSP’s annual screenings of classic Christmas film The Snowman, at Cadogan Hall and Milton Court. Recent highlights include screenings of Casablanca at the Royal Festival Hall and Hitchcock’s Psycho at the Roundhouse, and sold out performances of Verdi Requiem and Bach’s Mass in B minor at St John’s Smith Square.
The orchestra’s latest recording, a disc of music by Antonio Lotti with chamber choir The Syred Consort on the Delphian label, entered the Specialist Classical Chart at No. 2, was chosen as the BBC Radio Record Review ‘Disc of the Week’, and was selected as one of Presto Classical's Top Ten discs of 2016. Other recordings include a critically acclaimed CD of music for strings by Elgar, Malcolm Arnold (both in arrangements by David Matthews), and Robert Simpson.
Based around a core of principal players, OSP adapts to each project, varying its layout, playing style and lineup, ranging in size from a small ensemble to an orchestra of 50 or more. The orchestra's patron is Sir Roger Norrington, one of the world's leading exponents of historical performance. OSP has worked with such acclaimed soloists as Roderick Williams, Andrew Staples, Steven Osborne, Alexandra Dariescu and David Owen Norris, and with actors Samuel West and Clemency Burton-Hill.
Past seasons have seen OSP perform at the Victoria & Albert Museum, LSO St Luke’s, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. Highlights include regular appearances at the English Music Festival, a nine-concert tour of China, screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush at Southbank Centre, and a cycle of the nine Beethoven symphonies. The orchestra celebrates its ten-year anniversary in February 2017.