Next Ealing Concert

Saturday 19 May 2018, 7.30pm

DVORAK Carnival Overture
George LLOYD Symphony No.4
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 (Piano: Rhys Concessao)

Tickets now available from Golden Giving at goldengiving.com/event/ESOMay2018

We continue our theme of ‘Fourths’, and of championing British music, with George Lloyd’s Fourth Symphony. For the first public performance in 1981, Lloyd wrote these words:

“On the title page of my Fourth Symphony I wrote “… a world of darkness, storms, strange colours and a far-away peacefulness.” That for me was the Arctic; during the winter of 1941 – 42 I had seen some of its terrifying aspects, its violence and immensity so overwhelming that even men’s barbarity to each other seemed to become less horrifying than it was. In 1945 I started to try to compose again; my impressions and experiences in the Arctic had become something of an obsession and they gradually formulated themselves into a symphony . . . where the music, the sea, an orchestra, my own anguish, all became mixed up together.”

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St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG (Map / TfL Journey Planner)
Nearest: UndergroundNational_Rail_logo  Ealing Broadway (E2/E9),  Underground Hanger Lane (226)


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Ealing Symphony on BBC Radio 3

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of ten groups to be featured on BBC Radio 3, as part of the “Get Playing” scheme, in collaboration with Making Music. Our recording of George Lloyd’s Sixth Symphony was the piece submitted. The third movement was broadcast on the Breakfast show on BBC Radio 3 on 2 August. You can listen to the recording on the BBC website.

Remember that our CDs are not publicly available, they are only available to our Members and our Friends. If you liked the recording and would like to hear more, become a Friend!


Who we are

The ESO is an independent voluntary orchestra based in West London usually giving around five main concerts a year. We try to do something in most concerts which is a bit out of the ordinary, without forgetting that players and audiences come to enjoy themselves, so there are plenty of popular classics as well as some fine music you may not know already. Our concert programmes pages should give you an idea of what we’re about. To find out more about the orchestra, see About us. Our conductor is John Gibbons, now well-known in both the professional and amateur worlds.


We are always happy to hear from good amateur string players. Find out more on our Join us page.


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