Now in its 6th year, Faust Chamber Orchestra has emerged as the leading force making classical music fresh, comprehensible and inspirational in the concert hall. Under the artistic direction of conductor Mark Austin, it believes accessible spoken introductions and musical demonstrations deserve a place at the heart of every performance. Following work with international artists including Guy Johnston and James Baillieu, and a 4-star review from The Times, the 2016-17 season saw Faust Chamber Orchestra (formerly Faust Ensemble) perform at LSO St Luke's and Kings Place, make a debut recording and expand its educational programme.
Audiences are drawn to Faust Chamber Orchestra’s distinctive programming which throws light on the hidden meanings of works using commentary and comparison, together with live musical illustrations and the chance for listeners to ask questions. Recent successes have included an eclectic mix of Haydn and Sally Beamish, as well as “Ways into Bach”, an exploration of dance in the music of JS Bach alongside linked works by CPE Bach and Grieg. The orchestra is committed to new music and recently gave the world premiere of Oliver Rudland’s new opera ‘Pincher Martin’ at the Britten Theatre in the Royal College of Music.
Faust Chamber Orchestra’s approach to music is about ensuring its vitality now and for generations to come. The ensemble leads a wide range of educational projects, working in partnership with Chiltern Music Academy, at Chickenshed Theatre and in several primary and secondary schools. These include school workshops, side-by-side sessions and joint performances. Members of the orchestra are currently involved with a major research project at Warwick University focusing on Music of the Napoleonic Era.