9 May 2019 - Ballets by Stravinsky and Ravel in the Swan Theatre

Thursday 9th May 2019, 7.30pm

The Swan Theatre, Moore Street, Worcester, WR1 3ED

English Symphony Orchestra
Bradley Thachuk – Guest Conductor
Academy Theatre Arts

William Grant Still – Summerland, The Phantom Chapel, Navajo Country
 – Danses Concertantes
Ravel – Mother Goose (complete ballet)

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

26 May - Facade and Other English Eccentricities in Chelltenham Pittville Pump Room

Walton’s Façade is a wild and witty music-theatre masterpiece – a stunning setting of Dame Edith Sitwell’s nonsense poetry that has delighted and entertained audiences for nearly a hundred years.

Façade is coupled here with a selection of some of the wildest and wackiest selections from the annals of British song, from Noel Coward’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen to the madcap The Night I Appeared as MacBeth, among many other favourites.

Elgar Festival Gala Concert

Saturday 1 June at 7:30 PM – Elgar Cello Concerto at 100 with Raphael Wallfisch and the ESO

The highpoint of the 2019 Elgar Festival promises to be our official celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the composition of the Elgar Cello Concerto. Join us for a festive evening in Worcester Cathedral celebrating one of the most iconic pieces of British music.

Edward Elgar arr. Donald Fraser – Sea Pictures (version for string orchestra and chorus
-Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir
Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto– Raphael Wallfisch – cello
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony no. 5

"... 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

9 June in Cadogan Hall, London - Beethoven's Fifth

English Symphony Orchestra
Pavel Šporcl violin
Kenneth Woods conductor


Matthew Taylor Symphony no. 5 (world premiere, 21st Century Symphony Project)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 5

The English Symphony Orchestra makes its Cadogan Hall debut with one of the most popular and iconic works in the repertoire, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, heard here alongside the brand-new Fifth Symphony from leading British symphonist, Matthew Taylor. Pavel Šporcl, one of Europe’s most popular soloists, rounds out the programme with Mendelssohn’s much loved Violin Concerto.

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


  • Thursday, 9th May 2019
    Stravinsky and Ravel Ballets in Swan Theatre, Worcester
  • Sunday 26th May, 2019
    English Eccentricities in Pitville Pump Room
  • Saturday 1 June 2019
    Saturday 1 June at 7:30 PM – Elgar Cello Concerto at 100 with Raphael Wallfisch and the ESO


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