Seraphin Orchestra debuts at St John’s Smith Square with Busoni and Rachmaninoff

After their sell out performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge in March, Seraphin Orchestra make their London debut on 30 November at St John’s Smith Square with a generous programme of music by Rachmaninoff and Busoni, conducted by Joy Lisney.

In this concert, Busoni’s mighty, unapologetically immoderate Piano Concerto in C is the centrepiece of a programme which also includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Rarely-performed, in part because of the huge demands it places on both soloist and orchestra, the Busoni Concerto is one of the greatest pieces in the pianist’s repertoire and will be played by Karl Lutchmayer, a renowned Busoni expert.

Saturday 30 November, 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances

Ferruccio Busoni – Piano Concerto in C Op. 39


JOY LISNEY conductor


Founded in 2017 at King’s College Cambridge by Joy and Emma Lisney, Seraphin Project mainly comprises young musicians studying in Cambridge, augmented by guest artists, including former BBC Young Musician prize-winners and leading players from top UK and European professional orchestras, including the Halle, RPO and BBCSO, who offer mentorship to the young players.

A dedication to music education through artistic excellence is at the heart of Seraphin Project’s activities and it exists to foster collaborations between musicians across generations and cultivate these new connections in performances ranging from chamber recitals up to full scale orchestral concerts. Seraphin seeks to provide experience for top student players working in a condensed intensive fashion which fits in with their studies, in collaboration with young professionals. The orchestra also aims to support emerging composers, granting them performances of their work in an open-minded culture and by committed players.

In addition to the Busoni Piano Concerto, Seraphin Project presents its first chamber series:

Seraphin Project Chamber Series #1: Quartet for the End of Time

17th November 2019, 8pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Messiaen – Quartet for the End of Time
Busoni – Violin Sonata No. 2

Michael Whight – clarinet
Emma Lisney – violin
Joy Lisney – violoncello
James Lisney, Karl Lutchmayer – piano


Meet the Artist interview with Joy Lisney

International Piano interview with Karl Lutchmayer