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Odyssey Festival Orchestra is a new orchestra designed principally for 18-30 year-olds. Its inaugural concert was in September 2022 at Cadogan Hall. 


We aim to present music in a bold and creative atmosphere and to the highest standards. We also aspire to build a new, younger, more philosophically engaged audience for our musical adventures. We aspire to present music in the context of its time. We want to inform as well as to entertain. 


We are committed to improving diversity in classical music. We recruit players from a diverse range of backgrounds. We provide generously subsidised tickets to selected London state schools and our outreach programme aims to provide opportunities for students to work with our musicians. We are also committed to the development of our players, providing first rate instrumental tutors for our courses as well as the opportunity to perform in London’s top concert venues.


Playing as part of the orchestra is exhilarating. It is also a cultural learning curve, which benefits our players whether they're a professional musician early in their career, a music student, or a talented amateur who does something else entirely during the day.


We have three very exciting concerts lined up for our 2023/2024 season. We are looking for new players to join us - please sign up for auditions here!

What people say about Odyssey


"As everybody who was there would confirm, the night was just electric! The feeling that something special was taking place was felt by everyone."


"The musicians - all young - conservatoire or university students with serious musical talent - exuded enthusiasm and commitment from the first notes."..."Enterprises like this, designed to broaden the audience and perhaps spark a desire to play deserve the fullest support from those of us who can give it."


"It can be hard to find music making opportunities as good as Odyssey, but I could not recommend it enough, as it's a great chance to play wonderful music among such talented musicians"

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