Category Archive: Headlines

Apr 08

Soprano April Fredrick Appointed As First ESO Affiliate Artist

The ESO (English Symphony Orchestra/English String Orchestra) have announced the appointment of American-born soprano April Fredrick as the orchestra’s first Affiliate Artist. Fredrick will be one of several leading artists to work with the ESO in long-term partnership as part of the new scheme. “Working in collaboration with our fellow artists has been one of …

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Mar 15

ESO Appoint Violinist Zoë Beyers as Leader

  The English Symphony Orchestra and English String Orchestra are delighted to announce the appointment of violinist Zoë Beyers as Leader of the ESO, effective immediately.  ClassicalSource critic Edward Clark said of Beyers’ leadership of the ESO during the orchestra’s recent Kings Place debut that “ guest-leader Zoë Beyers’ playing was inspirational to all around …

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Feb 04

ESO Open 2017 Shirehall Sunday Series with Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann featuring Academia Musica Choir

4 February, 2017 For Immediate Release ESO Open 2017 Shirehall Sunday Series with Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann featuring Academia Musica Choir The English Symphony Orchestra, hailed as the International Orchestra of Elgar Country, kick off their 2017 series of very popular Shirehall Sunday concerts at 3:30 Pm on the 19th of February with a programme …

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Feb 03

ESO Launch New Residency with Worcester Live with Gala Concert on 17 Feb

The English Symphony Orchestra, one of Worcester’s most celebrated international cultural exports, will launch a new collaboration with Worcester Live with a gala evening of light classical favourites in Huntingdon Hall on Friday the 17th of February. Joining the ESO musicians and their Artistic Director, Kennneth Woods, is rising soprano superstar, April Fredrick, whose recent …

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Dec 16

ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENT THE 21ST CENTURY SYMPHONY PROJECT: NINE SYMPHONIES BY NINE COMPOSERS LAUNCHES WITH FEBRUARY PREMIERE OF PHILIP SAWYERS’ THIRD SYMPHONY

KENNETH WOODS AND THE ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENT THE 21ST CENTURY SYMPHONY PROJECT   NINE SYMPHONIES BY NINE COMPOSERS LAUNCHES WITH 28 FEBRUARY PREMIERE OF PHILIP SAWYERS’ THIRD SYMPHONY The English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) are proud to announce the 21st Century Symphony Project, which will commission nine composers to write nine symphonies to be premiered by the ESO. The …

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Dec 13

Appointment of new Assistant Conductor tops a remarkable year for the English Symphony Orchestra

  The English Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce the appointment of Michael Young in the newly established role of  Assistant Conductor. British born conductor Michael Young will take up the new position in January 2017. Michael recently assisted ESO Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Kenneth Woods in the world premiere of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre. It …

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Dec 06

ESO Recording “Krenek Piano Concerti vol. 1” with pianist Mikhail Korzhev a Sunday Times “Best of the Year” for 2016

The Sunday Times has just announced their list of the “100 Best Records of the Year,” across all genres. We’re delighted to learn that our recording “Complete Piano Concertos of Ernst Krenek vol. 1” with pianist Mikhail Korzhev has made this year’s list as one of just 10 CDs in their “Contemporary” category. This latest accolade …

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Nov 30

ESO Earns Classical Music Magazine “Premiere of the Year” for Second Year in a Row with John Joubert’s Jane Eyre

For the second year in a row, the English Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Kenneth Woods have received the Classical Music Magazine Premiere of the Year nod for the Midlands. Following on the 2015 selection of the premiere of Donald Fraser’s orchestration of the Elgar Piano Quintet at the Elgar Hall in the final concert …

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Nov 23

ESO Premieres John Joubert’s Jane Eyre to International Acclaim

For Immediate Release PREMIERE OF JOHN JOUBERT’S OPERA JANE EYRE BY KENNETH WOODS AND THE ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RECEIVES UNIVERSAL ACCLAIM On 25 October 2016, Kenneth Woods and the English Symphony Orchestra gave the world-premiere performance of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre in Birmingham, an occasion that was universally acclaimed and …

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Nov 02

5-star review of Jane Eyre from Christopher Morley in the Birmingham Post

  JOHN JOUBERT’S JANE EYRE   Ruddock Performing Arts Centre *****   The tears in our eyes at the end of this professional premiere of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre were quickened not only by the ravishing music of Jane and Rochester’s reconciliation, but also by the sheer emotional importance of the occasion. Jane Eyre …

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