THANK YOU all for an unforgettable 2018-19 Season!

It’s been an amazing year of memorable concerts and award winning recordings

Join us on 7 September as we launch our 2019-20 Season in the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge wells when violin superstar Nicola Benedetti joins us for a programme including the Elgar Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Second Symphony. 

Tickets go on sale soon! 

NEW CD - David Matthews Symphony no. 9

Part of the 21st C Symphony Project

Symphony no. 9
Variations for Strings
Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Strings
Sara Trickey – violin, Sarah-Jane Bradley – viola
Kenneth Woods – conductor

“a lovely symphony, an altogether personal utterance by a composer who lives and breathes symphonic form, who writes out of love for each and every instrument of the orchestra. Kenneth Woods conducts the sweet serenity that is the English Symphony Orchestra…. music to hold close and to savour…” Norman Lebrecht
“…a highly impressive composition..splendidly served by Kenneth Woods and the English Symphony Orchestra…an important release.” MusicWeb

"... a new Brahms symphony"

One of the Ten Best Classical CDs of 2018

The Arts Desk

Kenneth Woods’ symphonic orchestration of Brahms’ lyrical Piano Quartet in A major
“Hopefully this new addition to the Brahms symphonic canon will get the widespread dissemination it certainly deserves… Kenneth Woods has grasped this nettle and produced an absolutely imaginative arrangement.” Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine

Concertos for Violin and Trumpet by Philip Sawyers

Philip Sawyers

(ESO Composer Laureate)

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
The Valley of Vision (Tone Poem for Orchestra inspired by paintings of Samuel Palmer)
Trumpet Concerto
Elegiac Rhapsody in Memory of John McCabe
–Alexander Sitkovetsky – violin, Simon Desbruslais – trumpet, Kenneth Woods Conductor

“Sawyers’ thrilling orchestral music truly captivates, aided and abetted by pitch-perfect soloists Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Simon Desbruslais (trumpet) and the ESO.” BBC Music Magazine



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2017/18 Season Brochure

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