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Note: Cancellation of Activities

Because of the government instructions telling citizens to avoid unnecessary social contact, we have cancelled all ESO rehearsals. The committee are keeping in touch and meeting virtually in order to review and re-plan. When we are able to provide further information, we will communicate that. Please keep checking your emails.

All dates and programmes shown below should be treated as uncertain.

Access for rehearsals

We are expecting to rehearse in St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QG while social distancing is required. Instructions for access and egress, maybe by different doors, will be issued, and face masks will be required. Buses E2 and E9 from Ealing Broadway towards Greenford pass the door, and parking is is nearby streets, but please be considerate. How about cycling?

When we rehearse in Ealing Green Church, Ealing Green, W5 5QT, access is via the main front door, once a keyholder has opened up. We have the church from 1920 to 2220, with playing from 1935 to 2205 latest. There’s no parking at the church itself (the few spaces there are for the adjacent flats), but Grange Road is available from 1930.

The final rehearsal before a concert is often held at the concert venue; see the schedule below.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Originally planned for October 3rd concert, now very unlikely to happen:
George LLOYD: Symphony No. 2 T.0: Stgs
William ALWYN: Pastoral Fantasia (David Way, viola)
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 T.0: Stgs

A Thursday in September, we hope
First 2020-21 rehearsal (St Barnabas Church)

Thursdays thereafter

(Saturday October 3rd: concert very unlikely)

For hoped-for December 5th St Barnabas concert, but programme not guaranteed:
DEBUSSY Images: Iberia
4*.4*.3.4*: T.4: Celeste: 2 harps: Stgs
SCRIABIN, arr. David Matthews Vers la flamme
Paul CARR Saxophone Concerto (Rob Burton)
COPLAND Symphony No. 3
4*.3*.3*.3*: T.5: Piano: Celeste: 2 harps: Stgs

Thursday, October 8th

Thursday, October 15th

Thursday, October 22nd

Thursday, October 29th

Thursday, November 5th

Thursday, November 12th

Thursday, November 19th

Thursday, November 26th

Thursday, December 3rd (St Barnabas Church)

Saturday December 5th, St Barnabas Church

Saturday December 12th, Ealing Green Church

Thursday December 17th
Christmas party

Thursday January 7th 2021
First 2021 rehearsal

Saturday February 13th, St Barnabas

Saturday March 27th, St Barnabas Church

Long weekend inc April 10th
Hopefully trip to Worms

Saturday May 15th, St Barnabas Church

Saturday June 26th, St Barnabas Church
JOINT CONCERT with Ealing Choral Society, inc Beethoven Ninth

Sunday in July? St Mary’s Perivale

– – Summer break if nothing extra – –



Download the full season programme for 2019/20 as at 14/1/20 from here. Here are the latest AGM minutes, and the ESO’s Constitution.