About us

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.

Our conductor is John Gibbons, now well-known in both the professional and amateur worlds.

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We are currently seeking a new Principal Flute.
Applicants should have a playing standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade VIII or higher with substantial orchestral experience, preferably in a Principal role.
  This is intended to be a long-term commitment with rehearsals on Thursday evenings and 4-5 local concerts per year, usually on Saturdays, plus opportunities for voluntary concerts outside the local area.
  Initial auditions have now taken place, and the selected players are being given a trial concert each before the permanent member is chosen, so we are unlikely to be able to consider anyone else now. However, do contact Richard on secretary@ealingso.org.uk or by telephone/post as below if you'd like to see if we could slot you in.

We’re always interested to hear from good amateur string players.

If we’re full up, we keep a list of enquiries, and we need deputies and extras from time to time, so whatever you play do please get in touch if you’re looking for an orchestra.

Contact us

To be informed of future ESO concerts and events join our mailing list by emailing us at secretary@ealingso.org.uk. You can hear by email, post or both.

If you’re thinking of joining as a player, have a good look round this site, and then give secretary Richard Partridge a ring on 020 8567 4075 (the best way; he’s usually around) — or you can email as above, or even write to 68 Elers Road, London W13 9QD.