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The English Festival Orchestra

‘The orchestra sound was unremitting delight’  The Independent

The English Festival Orchestra was formed in 1984 with the intention of providing a high-quality professional orchestra for major choirs and choral societies both in the South East and further afield. Following its inaugural appearance at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the orchestra has performed at many prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican (London), Canterbury Cathedral, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), the Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham) and the De Montfort Hall (Leicester).

For more than 20 years the Orchestra has been associated with The Really Big Chorus and its Royal Albert Hall ‘From Scratch’ concerts, thanks to a recommendation from TRBC’s former chief conductor Sir David Willcocks, who for many years was also President of the Leith Hill Musical Festival. This partnership with TRBC has created links with choral societies and individual singers throughout the UK and abroad. The English Festival Orchestra has also forged a strong relationship with the Leith Hill Festival, for which it has provided accompaniment annually since 1993.

In addition to providing first-rate, experienced players for every concert, the English Festival Orchestra offers on-the-day orchestra and stage management led always by one of its senior management team who are ready to offer help wherever required. With 30 years’ experience most problems can be anticipated and dealt with in advance; any unforeseen eventualities are dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

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