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English Concert Orchestra

Formed by Roy Wales in 1970, the Orchestra has given regular concerts since that time in London and in many concert venues throughout the country.

In London it has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, LSO St. Luke’s and Southwark Cathedral.

In the provinces, concerts have taken place in many towns and venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham Cathedral, Derby Cathedral, Lichfield Cathedral and Civic Hall, the Cathedrals of Chichester, Wells and Arundel, University of Warwick, University of Exeter Great Hall, Leamington Spa Centre, Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Brighton Spring Music Festival, Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Tewkesbury Abbey etc.

English Concert Orchestra conducted by Roy Wales
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

The Orchestra has appeared with many distinguished soloists and conductors, not only in orchestral concerts, but in choral performances and opera gala concerts.  It has also appeared at a number of music festivals and has been involved in many educational projects and schools concerts.

It has given first performances of music by Paul Patterson, David Bedford, Phyllis Tate, Philip Bracanin, Michael Stimpson and Stuart Johnson.

Over the years, mini concert seasons have been given in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. John’s Smith Square, London, University Warwick, Lichfield in Staffordshire, Southend-on-Sea and Westcliff-on-Sea and in the Brighton area.

More recently the orchestra has given a series of concerts in Birmingham Town Hall with the English Concert Chorus conducted by its Music Director, Dr. Roy Wales.

Stephen Ellery is now Associate Conductor and Daniel Bhattacharya is Leader.

It plans to expand its concert activities and during the coming season will be giving a number of performances in the London area, the Midlands and the South of England.