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ESO Engage


As the ESO enters a new era with a new, stable artistic team, and a renewed Board of Trustees, the organization is turning its attention to a redevelopment of its concert and outreach activities aimed at delivering distinctive and engaging performances at the highest standards that develop large new audiences; exposing listeners to unknown or little-known music, supporting the creation of new music, and inspiring young people to make music a part of their lives. Our motto is “Engage and Lift the Spirit.” The “ESO Engage” initiative is how we bring that motto to life:


  • Engaging young people as listeners and performers by opening young people’s eyes to how classical music is made, what it’s like to participate in an orchestra, and by creating concerts and recordings that young people want to hear

intermediates may 2014

  • Engaging new audiences by reaching out to underserved communities and connecting with listeners in different age, ethnic, and socio-economic groups and developing new and underused concert venues


  • Engaging with audiences and musicians usually ignored by the orchestral sector including providing concerts in care homes and hospices, working with musicians and audiences with special needs and engaging with social and ethnic groups who don’t have regular contact with classical music


  • Engaging with the music of our time through a distinctive approach to commissioning and programming that seeks out original and emerging compositional voices, whose work we can help bring to an international audience


Composer-in-association, John McCabe (photo Gareth Arnold)

Former ES composer-in-association, John McCabe (photo Gareth Arnold)

  • Engaging with community partners by fostering dynamic partnerships with music educators,amateur musicians, festivals, carers in the community and service organizations


  • Engaging with society by offering concerts and projects that leave a lasting footprint through recording, broadcast, web content, social media, and community interaction


  • Engaging our support network- Doubling membership of the Friends of the ESO in each of the next three years, developing new corporate and civic partners, working in partnership with other arts organizations, trust, foundations and public funders