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


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

Saturday 27 January 2018: Hastings 
Music out of suppression

Symphonova Orchestra
Shelley Katz, symphonist
BISC Choir


Suppressed Music for string orchestra and choir to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, including works by Dessau, Fuchs, Wellesz and Gal.

Forthcoming in July 2018: A series of performances at the Avignon Festival, France
19-21 April 2017: A premiere of a composition by Shelley Katz using Symphonova technologies

Pôle Culturel de Coulanges, Gonesse, France

A new composition by Shelley Katz for Maurice Maeterlinck’s play La Princesse Maleine in collaboration with Théâtre Sans Toit. Directed by Pierre Blaise, Maeterlinck’s fantasy is created through visual manipulation, live music and sound effects using Symphonova virtual acoustics and a cello instrumental loudspeaker.

Past Events

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)

Entrance Free
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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.