Formed by respected British conductor George Vass, Orchestra Nova made its debut at the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank in October 2001. Their first commercial recording, a recording of Stephen Dodgson’s Concertino for two guitars and orchestra, was chosen as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone.
Orchestra Nova features regularly at St John’s, Smith Square, London having given sixtieth birthday concerts for Cecilia McDowall and George Vass, a programme with award-winning saxophonist Amy Dickson and a sell-out Christmas concert with the Choir of Royal Holloway. Other engagements have included concerts at St Albans Abbey and at Proms at St Jude’s.
Orchestra Nova has recorded five successful discs of British contemporary music for Dutton Epoch; other releases include English Oboe Concertos for Guild, David Matthews’ Piano Concerto for Toccata Classics, music by Stephen McNeff for Champs Hill, choral music by William Mathias for Naxos with the choirs of St Albans Abbey under Tom Winpenny.