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GOOD FRIDAY, April 18th at 6pm

ESO Chamber Orchestra
Saint Michael’s Singers

J S Bach                St Matthew Passion

Experience J.S. Bach’s profound drama of betrayal, torture and sacrifice in the poignant setting of Coventry Cathedral on Good Friday. With the audience gathered round the performers in a semi-staged presentation, and the ruined mediaeval cathedral as a backdrop beyond the great glass screen of saints and angels, this powerful passion story brings us face to face with the depths of our own humanity.

St Matt


Conductor Kerry Beaumont

Julian Smith, Evangelist

Edward Caswell, Christus

Ellie Laugharne

Lynda-Jane Nelson

Tim Kennedy

Lawrence White 


Feedback from Noyes Fludde

ESO staged three performances of Noyes Fludde at Worcester and Gloucester Cathedrals in October. All were sold out. Here is a message received from a parent of two of the children in the youth orchestra:

 Congratulations to all for a spectacular and very impressive Noye’s Fludde last night! It was an enormous              success. The inspired idea of dressing the animals in multi-coloured plastic rain ponchos made a simple yet   visually dramatic statement. The rising waters were extremely effective (and very well-trained!). Sitting by  the aisle, it really felt as though the waters were rising around us. The orchestra made the storm a vivid reality and the whole came together in an unforgettable performance. The very heavens must have been envious: we could have done with an ark to get home afterwards!

A new era begins for the ESO

The English Symphony Orchestra are delighted to announce the appointment of Kenneth Woods as Principal Conductor- Ken fills the post left vacant since the death of Vernon Handley in 2008. Read the official announcement here.

Kenneth Woods’s appointment marks the beginning of a new era for the ESO, and the 2013-14 season promises to be the most active and diverse undertaken by the orchestra in many years. Details of the 2013-14 season will be announced at the beginning of September, and friends, Friends and fans of the orchestra can look forward to a year of exciting concerts, world-class soloists, premieres, new venues and the appointment of a composer-in-association. Featured soloists will include the extraordinary young violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and the charismatic cellist Matthew Sharp.

Our programmes for young musicians continue to be some of the most innovative and popular in the country, and

ESO leads the field in making music accessible to all members of the community through our concerts in care homes, hospices, schools and other often overlooked settings.


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