Biography

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Orlando Jopling is Principal Conductor of the 140-year-old Royal Orchestral Society in London, which he has transformed over five years into one of the leading non-professional orchestras in the country. The rejuvenated orchestra now tackles the great large-scale repertoire, and works with top international soloists including Lawrence Power, Piers Lane, Emma Johnson, Tim Hugh, James Gilchrist, Benjamin Grosvenor and Tom Poster.

He has also conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, the Schönbrunn Orchestra in Vienna, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, and many other amateur orchestras and choirs in the UK.

He is artistic director of Roman River Music in coastal Essex, a 2-week festival inviting over 200 leading musicians to give 30 concerts in 20 venues and also actively involving over 1,000 local schoolchildren from over 20 local schools.

Orlando studied cello with William Pleeth, Alexander Baillie and Raphael Wallfisch. He has recorded the six Bach suites for solo cello among many other discs, and has given over 110 solo recitals as part of his 'Cello Pilgrimage', raising almost £75,000 towards the restoration and upkeep of remote medieval parish churches. He has given concerto performances with the Orchestra of the Swan and others, played chamber music in major festivals, and has played as guest principal cello with many orchestras as well as a guest with the LSO, Philharmonia, BBCSO and LPO, working with Bernard Haitink, Mark Elder, Riccardo Muti, Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen and many other great conductors as well as appearing on many film soundtracks.

After graduating from the National Opera Studio in London where he won the first Leonard Hancock scholarship, Orlando Jopling co-founded the modern opera company Tête à Tête and conducted over a dozen commissioned operas and the modern world première of Vivaldi's lost opera Orlando finto pazzo as well as Die Fledermaus and other standard repertoire. He has conducted Figaro for Savoy Opera, The Merry Widow for Carl Rosa, La Scala di Seta for Independent Opera, Albert Herring for British Youth Opera and Don Giovanni, Figaro and Idomeneo in Vienna with the Schönbrunn Orchestra. He founded Stanley Hall Opera and developed it into an established annual festival, conducting Falstaff, Così fan tutte, Figaro, Don Pasquale and Cenerentola. Among other repertoire he has conducted La Traviata, Don Carlos, Cav & Pag, The Pearlfishers, Paul Bunyan, A Streetcar named Desire and Don Giovanni in Bahrain.

After reading music at Trinity College Cambridge, Orlando studied conducting at the Royal Academy in London. He has assisted André Previn, Sir Colin Davis, Paul McGrath and Wyn Davies at some of the major UK opera companies including Scottish Opera. 

He coaches singers and has accompanied a wide range of soloists including Sinéad O'Connor and Martha Wainwright. 


His music for TV has been heard on all the major UK channels, and he has re-orchestrated works for Anthony Marwood, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Omaha, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Stanley Hall opera, Tete a Tete, the Schubert Ensemble, Katharine Gowers and many others.