Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we currently have no upcoming live concerts confirmed. We look forward to resuming our live concerts as soon as it is viable for us all to do so. In the meantime, we are working very intensively on converting one of our core technologies into an online software service for composers writing music for media ( Watch the space!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the NHS, the health workers and support staff in the entire world who risk and give their lives to save others, and all those who are working so hard to keep us healthy and safe.

Past Events

14 March 2020, 7.30 pm: Symphonova concert

Clare Hall, Cambridge

String Orchestra: Contemplation and Drama

Shelley Katz, Symphonist
Abigail Dolan, Flute


Barber - Adagio for strings Opus 11
Tamar Muskal - Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Arensky - Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky Opus 35a
Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Holst - St Paul’s Suite

Composers reach for the string-orchestra when they want the emotional purity of the string-quartet coupled by the power and drama of an orchestra. The innovative Symphonova Orchestra presents a programme including some of the greatest works written for strings alongside a premiere of a new work for strings and solo flute by the Politzer Prize nominated composer Tamar Muskal.

Address: Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge CB3 9AL

Booking: £15, £10 Clare Hall Members, £5 Students

Reservations:; (01223) 332360 or at the Porters’ Lodge; tickets available at the door.

22 September 2019, 2.30 pm: Symphonova concert

Hestmonceux Castle

Shelley Katz, Symphonist
Diana Gilchrist, Soprano


Smetana - The Moldau

Dvorak - New World Symphony: 2nd movement

Beethoven - Symphony no 5: 4th movement

Strauss - Four Last Songs

Herstmonceux Castle, BN27 1RN

30 June 2019, 3.00 pm: Symphonova concert

Hestmonceux Castle

Shelley Katz, Symphonist
Diana Gilchrist, Soprano


John Burge - She's Like the Swallow, an arrangement of a Newfoundland Folksong for Soprano and Double String Orchestra

Holst - St Paul Suite

Grieg - Holberg Suite

Herstmonceux Castle, BN27 1RN

La Princesse Maleine by Maurice Maeterlinck

A composition by Shelley Katz using Symphonova technologies

Pierre Blaise, Director
Shelley Katz, composition and sound effects

Symphonova collaborates with Théâtre Sans Toit in a new version of La Princesse Maleine with original music composed by Shelley Katz and performed by flautist Abigail Dolan. The hall acoustics is transformed, orchestral sound effects and a cello sounding through Symphonova Instrumental Loudspeaker transform Maeterlinck’s play into a visual and sonic fantasy.

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Thursday 28 June 2018, 5.30pm
Canadian Music centre, Toronto

Centrediscs CD launch

Centrediscs launches Symphonova’s new CD of Canadian music La Patrie / Our Canada with an illustrative talk by Shelley Katz, who will present some of Symphonova technologies and discuss its vision.

Thursday 22 June, 3pm
foldA Festival, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Kingston, Canada

Symphonova presentation

As part of there foldA Festival and in the context of creating theatre in a digital age, inventor, conductor and music technologist Shelley Katz presents the Symphonova vision and explains some of the Symphonova technologies for sound production and gestural control.

Monday 26 March 2018: Festival of Ideas, Herstmonceux Castle

4pm A talk by Shelley Katz presenting Symphonova technologies followed by a performance


Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Thallis
Janáček Suite for Strings no. 1
Clarence Lucas Overture Macbeth

Saturday 20 January 2018: Clare Hall, Cambridge
A Gala concert inaugurating the new acoustic installation

6.30pm pre-concert talk by inventor Shelley Katz presenting the Symphonova Virtual Acoustics™ system
7.30pm concert; wine reception during the intermission

Renewing the Orchestra: Between the Intimate with the Orchestral
Symphonova Orchestra

Shelley Katz, symphonist
Abigail Dolan, flute


In a special event celebrating innovation within the context of the Classical music heritage, Symphonova Orchestra presents its pioneering concept of using technology in the service of music-making. The programme focuses on creating the intimacy of chamber-music within the richness of the orchestral sound and experience in milestone-repertoire for string orchestra alongside a premiere by Cambridge-based composer Jeremy Thurlow.


Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Thallis
Adaskin Serenade for strings
Jeremy Thurlow Premiere, details to be announced
Grieg Holberg Suite op. 40
Janáček Suite for Strings no. 1

Booking: £15, £10 Clare Hall members, £5 students

Reservations through ; (01223) 332360 or at the Porters’ Lodge

14 October 2017, 7.30 pm: Symphonova concert
Hestmonceux Castle

Shelley Katz, symphonist
Diana Gilchrist, soprano


C. Lavallée - La Patrie

G. Mahler – Symphony no. 4

Herstmonceux Castle
BN27 1RN


10 December 2016, 7.30 pm: Symphonova concert
Finchley Progressive Synagogue

Shelley Katz, symphonist
David Dolan, piano


W.A. Mozart – Piano Concerto in E flat major K. 449, with extemporised cadenzas. Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)

54, Hutton Grove
London N12 8DR

Phone: 020 8446 4063
Tickets: £15

24th-26th June 2016: Conducting Studies Conference 2016
University of Oxford

In a presentation entitled ‘new technologies for conductors training’ Shelley Katz and Abigail Dolan present the Symphonova and discuss its use in the context of practical training for conductors. The discussion will touch upon primary questions related to the development of Symphonova conducting wand: If distilled to its essence, what information are conductors actually required to convey?

Conducting Studies Conference 2016, at Oxford Conducting Institute, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

5 July 2016, 7.30 pm: Symphonova concert
The University of Surrey, Arts Building, PATS studio 1

Shelley Katz, symphonist
Abigail Dolan, flute
Julia White, English horn
Richard Hull, trumpet


Mozart – Andante for flute and orchestra K315
The Symphonova: A brief introduction by Shelley Katz
Aaron Copland – Quiet City for trumpet, English horn and string orchestra
Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)

Arts Building, PATS studio 1
University of Surrey
2nd International Conference on Dosimetry and Applications
Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH (for sat nav, use postcode GU2 7JP)

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25 May 2016, 7 pm: Symphonova concert
Birmingham Central Synagogue

Shelley Katz, symphonist
Lior Kaminetsky, violin
Abigail Dolan, flute
Julia While, English horn
Richard Hull, trumpet


Copland: Quiet City for trumpet, English horn and String Orchestra
Poulenc: Flute Sonata (arr)
Mendelsohn: violin concerto in E minor opus 64bis

4 Speedwell Road
Birmingham B5 7PR

Booking information: Tel: 0121 4494044

Community events

One of the features of the Symphonova is that it allows participants to experience ensemble music-making independently of their background or musical knowledge. The most recent Symphonova community event took place in December 2015 at the Limmud Conference in Birmigham; other community events include two events in Cambridge in and collaboration with BISC. Watch the space for similar events.