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English Symphony Orchestra present Steven R. Gerber –  A Composer Portrait

English Symphony Orchestra present Steven R. Gerber – A Composer Portrait

The English Symphony Orchestra’s Music from Wyastone series of virtual concerts, hailed by the critics as “one of the most innovative initiatives of the Covid era” continues on the 26th of February with the first of several planned Composer Portrait concerts focusing on the work of the American composer Steven R. Gerber, who passed away in 2015.

“Inspired by Mahler”:     A celebration of the Lost Generation of composers who found inspiration in Mahler’s life and music

“Inspired by Mahler”:   A celebration of the Lost Generation of composers who found inspiration in Mahler’s life and music

The English Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Music from Wyastone series of virtual concerts continues on the 27th of January with a celebration of the music of some of the leading composers of the generation of musicians inspired by the life and music of Gustav Mahler, including Mieczysław Weinberg, Erwin Schulhoff and Viktor Ullmann. The ESO’s Artistic Director, Kenneth Woods, conducts and is joined by violin soloist Zoë Beyers and soprano April Fredrick.

English Symphony Orchestra Art of Storytelling project continues as Henry Goodman narrates Lubin, from Chelm

English Symphony Orchestra Art of Storytelling project continues as Henry Goodman narrates Lubin, from Chelm

Following on from the successful launch of their new series of virtual storytelling concerts with the premiere of Kenneth Woods’s The Ugly Duckling narrated by Hugh Bonneville, the ESO are thrilled to welcome Henry Goodman who narrates David Yang’s hilarious Klezmer-inspired work, Lubin, from Chelm. The new orchestral version of Yang’s 2010 composition (orchestrated by Kenneth Woods) premieres on ESO Digital at 6PM on Friday the 4th of December. The video includes performance footage of Goodman and the ESO alongside pencil drawings by Canadian artist Alisa Snyder.

The Ugly Duckling – A Letter from Wanda Sobieska

The Ugly Duckling – A Letter from Wanda Sobieska

Ken Woods asked Wanda Sobieska to write a blog post about her wonderful illustrations for The Ugly Duckling in advance of the work’s premiere. She chose to do so in the form of this beautiful letter, which he shares here.

Reconnecting with our Audiences

Reconnecting with our Audiences

We’re now about two months into our series of Music from Wyastone virtual concerts – here’s what we’ve been up to, and what is to come.

Coming in September 2020

Coming in September 2020

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