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English Symphony Orchestra – The English String Sound
Huntingdon Hall
Sunday 15th October at 3.30pm
Tickets £19 (Concessions £16.50, U16s £8, Family of Four £35)
Box Office: 01905 611427

The ‘International Orchestra of Elgar Country’ returns to Huntingdon Hall with a celebration of English music

The English Symphony Orchestra will be showcasing their world-renowned form in the English repertoire in a wonderful home-town concert at Huntingdon Hall this October.

Fittingly for an orchestra based in Elgar country, the concert will feature a special orchestration of Elgar’s popular Salut d’Amour as well as his much-loved Serenade, alongside repertoire favourites by Walton and Tippett, and will also feature the premiere of a dazzling new trumpet concerto by Philip Sawyers.

Sawyers is the ESO’s current ‘John McCabe Composer-in-Association’, whose melodic flair and audience appeal have won him plaudits worldwide. His trumpet concerto was greeted with a rousing ovation at its exclusive preview performance by the Surray Mozart Players, and promises to bring Huntingdon Hall’s audience to their feet.

Simon Desbruslais, the “steel-lipped” trumpet virtuoso who is taking the music world by storm, is the featured guest artist. “Sawyers’ new work is an absolute certainty to become one of the great trumpet concertos alongside Haydn, Hummel and Arutiunian,” says Desbruslais. “From the perspective of the trumpeter, it's just so much fun to play – from the bold, evocative gestures of the opening through the soaring melodies of the second movement, to the exhilarating finale.”

ESO Artistic Director Kenneth Woods, who will conduct the concert, added: “This new concerto by Philip Sawyers is a bold, beautiful and communicative work that I know the audience will love.”

Originally the ‘English String Orchestra’, the ESO quickly earned an international reputation for performances of English music, made over fifty recordings and began touring regularly in Europe. Over time, the orchestra’s repertoire expanded to include the full breadth of orchestral music, and the ESO grew to become the now world-renowned English Symphony Orchestra.

Support for British music has always been a key part of the ESO’s mission, and this concert celebrates the legacy of their four decades as advocates of the English sound.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01905 611427