Rock like you’ve never heard it before.
An orchestra like you’ve never seen before.
An event like you’ve never experienced before.

Introducing Chrysalis Orchestra - a brand new concept in entertainment brought to you by the legendary Terry Ellis, music visionary and co-founder of Chrysalis Records.

Imagine the greatest rock anthems of all time performed with all the power and magnificence of a complete symphony orchestra. But this is not a typical orchestra with musicians sitting pinned behind their music stands. Instead, it’s a forty-piece “rock band” with young musicians, each one a virtuoso on his or her instrument, and each one a great performer, on their feet, interacting with the audience.

In its look, its sound, and in every other way, Chrysalis Orchestra is a big show, with dynamic and powerful performances that will get the audience out of their seats. There are no vocalists or electric guitars – it’s an orchestra playing reinterpretations of the rock songs we all know and love, in tribute to the great composers of the rock era. Rather than the music of Mozart and Beethoven, it presents the familiar compositions of Page and Plant, Cobain, Springsteen and the other outstanding writers of their time, with all the rock and roll energy of the original versions.

This is rock in its full glory, celebrated by a generation that grew up with it, and a new generation experiencing it for the first time. The music is timeless; Rock Re-imagined.

Terry Ellis

As one of the architects of the British Invasion of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Terry Ellis was responsible for guiding the careers of Jethro Tull, Blondie, Pat Benatar. Billy Idol, Huey Lewis and the News, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Roxy Music, King Crimson, Yes, Procol Harum, Robin Trower, Spandau Ballet, Leo Sayer, and many more.

Terry developed one of the most successful track records in contemporary music for discovering, developing and exploiting the commercial potential of young recording artists.

Terry is a voting member of the committees that award the Grammies and select the honourees of the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.

Chrysalis Orchestra Auditions

If you are classically trained, at least 21 years of age, feel that you are not just a great player but also a great performer, and would like to join a touring rock orchestra, then click here to find out more.

The Rock Music of Your Favorite Artists Re-imagined

Chrysalis Orchestra is comprised of forty of the world’s finest young musicians working with the best contemporary arrangers to recognize the quality and importance of the great compositions of the rock era.

New orchestral interpretations retain the energy and passion of the originals, elevating their stature, and taking the direction that composers like Jimmy Page and Kurt Cobain might have taken if they’d had forty musicians to work with rather than three! For each performance we’ll select our set list from the classics below:


Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
Call Me (Blondie)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Beatles)
Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd)
I'd Do Anything for Love, (But I Won't Do That) (Meat Loaf)
Hotel California (Eagles)
Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
Money for Nothing (Dire Straits)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
More Than a Feeling (Boston)
Under Pressure (David Bowie/Queen)
Layla (Eric Clapton)
The Logical Song (Supertramp)
A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum)
25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago)
Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
Locomotive Breath (JethroTull)


We’re really interested to know which songs you think we should choose or if there is a song you think should be added to the list, so please send your choices or suggestions to or post to our Facebook page.