English Chamber Orchestra

The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO ) is a chamber orchestra that is based in London.

It has its roots in the Goldsbrough Orchestra, founded in 1948 by Lawrence Leonard and Arnold Goldsbrough. His current name took to the orchestra in 1960, when it first expanded its program of Baroque music also. The repertoire is limited by the size of the group, which remained fairly constant around the circumference of an orchestra of Mozart's time.

A little later, it was a close cooperation with the Aldeburgh Festival, where it performed the premieres of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Owen Wingrave, Curlew River and other works. Britten conducted the orchestra on several occasions and made a series of recordings with him.

At this time the orchestra had no permanent conductor, but worked together with a number of guest conductors, including with Raymond Leppard, Colin Davis and Daniel Barenboim. 1985 Jeffrey Tate was appointed the first chief conductor of the ensemble.

In 2000, Ralf Gothóni was appointed chief conductor.

The orchestra has worked with the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo on his album No Boundaries together in January 2005.


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