Conductor: Tom Hammond

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29 June 2016


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Saturday 2nd July 2016 at 7.30 pm.

Christ Church, New London Road, Chelmsford

There will be a free pre-concert talk given by Tom Hammond, our conductor, in the concert hall on concert day at 6.30 p.m.

Now read on as Tom offers a taste of the music we shall play in our Summer Concert.

The ESO rarely gets to perform repertoire from the Baroque, so it will be a treat to play Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets, especially with our very own soloists, Stuart Pinborough and Mark Roberts.  We’ll also be introducing the theorbo – a large lute, for want of a better description – which the composer would have very probably employed in 17th century Venice.

Two more home-grown superstars then step forward to perform Mozart’s sublime Sinfonia Concertante, a concerto with both violin and viola as soloists.  ESO boasts many fine players and our Leader Philippa Barton and Principal Viola Hilary Cheek will take the concerto roles.  We’re lucky to have such talent in our ranks.

Composer John McCabe would have been seventy-seven this year, but sadly we lost him in 2015 after a long illness.  John was one of Britain’s most accomplished composers whose music was performed and loved by audiences here, in the USA and in Europe.  This is our modest tribute to him, to say thank you for all he did for the cause of music in his influential career.

John’s short Six-Minute Symphony is the prelude to another he would have loved to hear, Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony.  If you don’t know this music, you are in for a treat and the start of a love affair!  It swings between profundity and the sheer joy of being alive (he had recovered from a near-fatal illness just prior to writing this music) and the sunny key of C major will perfectly suit the start of our summer holidays.

We hope you can join us!


With warm wishes and thanks for your ongoing support for your very own local symphony orchestra.



Tom Hammond

Don’t miss the free pre-concert talk at 6.30!


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