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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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Jul 08

CD Review: British Music Society on Elgar/Fraser Piano Quintet and Sea Pictures

A new review from the British Music Society by critic Chris Bye “THESE perceptive world-premiere transcriptions have deservedly won Edward Elgar some new friends. They plumb the emotional depths of a legendary English composer whose popular reputation can often be unfairly consigned to a regal Edwardian image. “There is a fresh and evocative Elgarian depth …

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Mar 16

Classical CD Reviews Rave for Krenek Piano Concertos

The popular blog Classical CD Reviews has an extensive review of the ESO’s latest recording for Toccata Classics. Critic Gavin Dixon says of the recording: The performances do full justice to the music. Pianist Mikhail Korzhev is able to make even the most knotty of Krenek’s serial textures flow naturally. His tone is warm, and …

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Jan 15

Our 2016 Winter Appeal

It’s you who helps keep the music playing! Download the Winter Appeal form as a pdf here.

Dec 29

Musical Opinion on ESO/Elgar/Fraser “…gorgeous depths of tone…”

The current issue (January-March 2016) of Musical Opinion Magazine leads off its concert coverage with Christopher Morley’s rave review of the ESO’s October 10 premiere of Donald Fraser’s orchestration of the Elgar Piano Quintet. The ESO’s recording of this “worthy addition to the Elgar canon” is released on Avie Records in May 2016.  

Sep 10


 For Immediate Release   PERFORMANCES IN MALVERN, HEREFORD AND BIRMINGHAM  COLLABORATION WITH ACADEMIA MUSICA CHOIR AND SINGERS FROM THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL CHORUS   WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCES OF NEWLY-ARRANGED ELGAR WORKS   As the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) continues its resurgence under Principal Conductor Kenneth Woods, it’s fitting that the ensemble, based in Elgar’s hometown of …

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Dec 12

Beethoven the Revolutionary

19 June, 2015 7:30 PM English Symphony Orchestra Kenneth Woods- principal conductor Magna Carta Celebrations at Worcester Cathedral 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA Mozart- Overture to the Marriage of Figaro Beethoven- Overture and Incidental Music from Egmont Ben Humphrey- narrator April Fredrick- soprano Beethoven- Symphony no. 3  “Eroica” Tickets £20, £15 from Worcester Live …

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Nov 21

Care Home Concerts

Our next Care Home Concert day is December 19th when the ESO String Quartet (George Ewart, Jacqui Allen, Helen Roberts amd Corinne Frost) will be visiting 3 homes in Malvern: Bradbury Court, Davenham and Perrins House. Our Christmas Challenge, to raise funds for the series in 2015, will begin in earnest on December 4h.

Oct 31

ESO Intensive

Here are members of Penelope’s Dance Studio taking a break from a week of intensive rehearsals for Snow White, a ballet composed by ESO’s Stephen Roberts which will be performed at the Artrix in Bromsgrove on December 6th. Also on hand representing the orchestra are principal viola Helen Roberts and CEO Peter Sheeran. Great to see …

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Oct 31

The Big Give Christmas Challenge – funding target reached

Thank you to everyone who supported our Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise funds for concerts in Care Homes and Hospices, and to Mary Stevens who badgered you all into it. We are delighted to announce that we more than met our target of £6000 for 30 concerts which will enable us to do even …

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