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Saturday 11 February 2017, 7.30pm

An Ealing Music and Film Festival concert.

William WALTON, Spitfire Prelude and Fugue – as heard in The First of the Few
Alan RAWSTHORNE, music from Saraband for Dead Lovers
Luigi BOCCHERINI, Minuet, Quintet in E – as heard in The Ladykillers
John IRELAND, Overlanders Suite – as heard in The Overlanders (world premiere of this extended suite)
Alan RAWSTHORNE, main titles and nocturne from The Cruel Sea
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, Sinfonia Antarctica – as heard in Scott of the Antarctic

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG (map)
UndergroundNational_Rail_logo  Ealing Broadway,  Underground Hanger Lane

We are grateful to the John Ireland Trust for their support for this performance.


Fundraising for Tuscany Tour

We need your help! We need to transport our fragile instruments to Tuscany for our 2017 Tour by road, and this means paying to hire the van. A full symphony orchestra comes with a variety of precious instruments, large and small.  These are not suitable for transport in an airplane hold as they are too delicate and particularly vulnerable to changes in temperature and pressure. Many cannot be taken in the cabin due to size restrictions. We therefore have to transport our instruments by a van driven by a couple of members of the orchestra.

Any donation will help us meet our goal. Rewards include concert tickets, CDs and more! We have chosen to use Crowdfunder for this project. Click the Crowdfunder logo below, or visit tinyurl.com/eso-italy to find out more. You can donate as much or as little as you like, we are supremely grateful for any contribution. crowdfunder


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 here.

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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