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Mar 21

An Interview with Matthew Peters

You made your start in the industry with a very eminent organisation- the Chicago Symphony. What can you tell us about your experience there? Producing the Chicago Symphony radio broadcasts was an exhilarating experience due to both the pace of the job as well as the enormity of working with world-class artists. The pace of …

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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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Mar 14

ESO’s Krenek CD a Sunday Times “Essential New Release”

“…a witty and mercurial masterpiece. Electric performances all” Published 13 March, 2016 Order from the ESO webstore here:

Jun 25

CD of the Week- ESO, A portrait of Elgar

Click here to buy. Reviews ‘Boughton elicits solid, brilliant, feeling performances … As these performances meld something of Boult’s propulsion and body with an approximation of Barbirolli’s swing, they might serve as the ideal introduction. This production stands strongly recommended.’ Fanfare ‘The Elegy, is given a wonderful degree of gravity without ever over-heating – one …

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Dec 16

Ullmann Chamber Symphony

The first concert of the new ESO Christ Church series begins with a performance of Viktor Ullmann’s Chamber Symphony. Learn more about Ullmann at the Music and the Holocaust website here, or at the Orel Foundation website here. PROGAMME NOTE Viktor Ullmann- String Quartet No. 3 (arr. for string orchestra by Kenneth Woods) Viktor Ullmann’s String …

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Dec 16

As it rains in Worcester

It is 10 in the morning and it is dark and very wet outside, like a scene from a Scandinavian police procedural. It is about a mile’s walk from home to the Elgar School of Music and my shoes, socks and trousers are still very damp from the experience. To cheer myself on a very bleak walk in …

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