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Selected Press Quotes

"I've never heard the English Chamber Orchestra play better - the poignant woodwind writing, in particular, shines through."
The Oxford Times, June 15 2011

"The glories of the score were thrillingly explored on Saturday under conductor Stephen Barlow, with the English Chamber Orchestra on superb form from the opening bars of the prelude to the climactic close of the Liebestod nearly six hours later."
The Oxford Times, June 15 2011

"..the English Chamber Orchestra...delivers the climatic moments with frightening intensity."
London Evening Standard, June 6 2011

"...the visceral excitement [Stephan Barlow] and the ECO managed to inject into the big set-piece passages was exhilarating."
MusicalCritism.com, June 10 2011

"[David Heath's "Sahara"] was an atmospheric and effective work showcasing the extraordinary virtuosity of the orchestra's oboist John Anderson."
Evening Star, May 23 2011

"...the English Chamber Orchestra delivers some richly intense playing."
The Stage, June 6 2011

"The painfully beautiful woodwind and harp solos make their mark..."
The Arts Desk, June 16 2011

"The English Chamber Orchestra under Stephen Barlow give exceptionally strong support…..every detail in Dvorak's imaginative score glistens."
The Times, June 25 2008

"The English Chamber Orchestra balances Dvorak's dark-hued scoring perfectly"
The Guardian, June 24 2008

"...a score of transcendent lyrical beauty, marvellously played by the English Chamber Orchestra"
The Stage, June 24 2008

"The English Chamber Orchestra makes a huge difference..."
The Times, June 9 2008

"Setting the seal on the evening is the resplendent playing of the English Chamber Orchestra"
The Guardian, June 7 2008

"Rory Macdonald conducts, drawing superior playing from the English Chamber Orchestra and riveting the audience to the backs of their seats"
The Stage, June 6 2008

"No band plays quite so lightly and elegantly as the ECO."
Gramophone

"An undemonstratively flawless sense of style."
The Times

"...a thrillingly vibrant performance."
The Evening Standard

"...the ECO's playing is world-class."
International Record Review

"...the ECO remains the choicest of orchestras."
The Scottish Herald

"...playing of this standard transcends questions of style or authenticity."
Financial Times

"...breathtaking beauty and fluency... nothing less than superb."
Sri Lanka Times

"The ECO still plays with taut ensemble and an aristocratic finesse of sound and phrasing. The players still have that wonderful way of listening and reacting to each other."
The Daily Telegraph

"The English Chamber Orchestra is a treat in itself. This orchestra is world class and has an impressive pedigree."
Sunday Business Post (Ireland)


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ECO London Series
London Series
Maxim Vengerov will conduct and play in the ECO's opening concert of the 2012/13 season, with guest soloists Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Behzod Abduraimov. This special Celebration Concert will take place on Monday 1st October 2012 at London's Royal Festival Hall. See ECO concerts diary for further details.