Jupiter Orchestra

The Jupiter Orchestra is a professional chamber orchestra that was founded in 1986 by Gregory Rose. The programmes explore the contrast between the contemporary and classical repertoires. The orchestra has released a highly praised CD of music for string orchestra by Janacek (CHAN241-7)

“…the exceptional feature was the playing of the London Jupiter Orchestra… lovingly conducted by Gregory Rose.”
The Independent

“…Gregory Rose’s unobtrusive taut control…the evening proved, in a small way, a triumph…one would happily have this disciplined, stylish band in the pit any day.” Opera Now

Following the orchestra’s inaugural concert, which featured Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by John Lill, it has played a wide variety of music, including an all-Purcell programme, a memorable performance of Mozart’s Requiem, and music by baroque, classical and romantic masters, Roussel, Ives, Satie, Milhaud, Barber, Copland and Gershwin. Contemporary composers include Arvo Part, Xenakis, Jonathan Dove, Miroslav Pudlák, Dmitri Smirnov, Jouni Kaipainen, Simon Speare, Hannu Pohjannoro and Gregory Rose. Two of its concerts were recorded by BBC Radio London.

Jupiter Orchestra has taken part in performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall of Handel’s Messiah, the Mass in B Minor by Bach, and the European stage première of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha. A recording of music for string orchestra by Janáček is available on the Chandos label.

In 1998 the orchestra undertook a series of concerts at St John’s, Smith Square celebrating the music of Hummel and his contemporaries, contrasted with music of today, including the premiere of Hummel’s unfinished Violin Concerto completed by Gregory Rose.

In 2000 the orchestra was joined by the newly formed Jupiter Singers at St John’s, Smith Square in performances of Handel’s Zadok the Priest and the Fauré Requiem.