Submitted on: 22 May 2013
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Sir Colin Davis 1927- 2013
Submitted on: 15 April 2013
ECO members and staff were very sad indeed to learn of Sir Colin's death last night. His long and fruitful relationship with the ECO started in 1960 when he was appointed our very first Principal Conductor, and continued until last Summer. He became the ECO's Conductor Emeritus in 2009.
His discography with the ECO ranges from recordings made in 1959 (Purcell for L'Oiseau Lyre, just before the ECO's change of name), through a series of Mozart Piano Concertos with Alicia de Larrocha for RCA/BMG, to several Berlioz recordings including Sara La Baigneuse, Meditation Religieuse, La Mort de Ophelie (1962), L'Enfance du Christ (with Peter Pears for L'Oiseau Lyre, 1960), La Mort de Cleopatra (L'Oiseau Lyre,1962) and Les Nuits d'ete (with Barbara Hendricks for EMI in 1993). He also recorded music by Stravinsky, Britten, Haydn, JS and JC Bach with the ECO over the years. Live recordings included Bach Violin Concertos with David and Igor Oistrakh (RFH, 1961), a Mozart Gala (Buckingham Palace, 1991) and Mozart and Bach Double Piano Concertos (Cadogan Hall, 2007).
Sir Colin's very last concert was with the ECO in Santander Festival on 17 August 2012 and was devoted to music by his beloved Mozart:
The overture to La Clemenza di Tito, the "Linz" Symphony and "Posthorn" Serenade.
He was due to conduct a Schubert and Mendelssohn concert with the Orchestra a month later in Milan, but fell ill during the tour and was unable to perform.
Sir Colin was a inspirational musician of truly international standing, and a man of great intelligence, warmth and wit. We will greatly miss him, and send our condolences to all his family.
ECO in Moscow
Submitted on: 11 April 2013
The ECO was honoured to be chosen to give the final Gala concert of the IVth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow on 2nd April 2013 at the stunning Hall of Columns.
The event was centred around Britten’s Cello Symphony, which the ECO first performed and recorded with Rostropovich as soloist and the composer himself conducting. Britten also loved conducting the ECO in music by Mozart and with that in mind we chose the Overture to Don Giovanni and Symphony No.41, Jupiter, to complete the programme.
Paul Watkins conducted and Arto Noras was cello soloist in a fabulously exciting performance.
The whole concert was a resounding success, and a worthy tribute both to Rostropovich and also to Britten in his centenary year.
Close Encounters: Spring Fever in Kent
Submitted on: 20 March 2013
Pupils aged 5 - 9 participated in workshops based on Vivaldi's “Spring” from The Four Seasons. The children explored elements of dynamics and rhythm through activities led by ECO musicians Jeremy Isaac, Natalia Bonner and Tim Lowe.
A big thank you to the staff and pupils at St. Edmund's Pre-Prep School, Stelling Minnis CE Primary School and Wingham Primary School. We look forward to visiting again!
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Beethoven 9 in St. Pauls Cathedral
Submitted on: 13 March 2013
The ECO will be conducted by Howard Williams, with a joint choir of Voices from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Choir of the 21st Century. Soloists: Elizabeth Llewellyn, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Kennedy and Mark Stone. The concert is part of The Lord Mayor's Appeal.
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In other news, we are running competitions this week on Twitter and Facebook for tickets to a recital by Nick van Bloss on March 22, in the 'It's All About Piano!' Festival at the Institut Français. The ECO recorded the Bach Keyboard Concertos with the renowned pianist - we hope you'll check out our pages for a chance to win! See the Festival website here.
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