Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
English String Orchestra
Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director
Zoë Beyers – Violin
Elgar – Serenade for Strings
Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
Elgar – Songs for Strings
Dvorak – String Serenade
Elgar– Introduction and Allegro
The English String Orchestra bring a concert celebrating the glories of the Romantic string orchestra repertoire with a portfolio of works form their celebrated discography. Violin virtuoso and ESO Leader, Zoë Beyers performs Vaughan Williams’ haunting and evocative “The Lark Ascending”, recently voted the nation’s favourite piece of music by Classic FM listeners.
Appropriately for an orchestra based in Elgar’s home city of Worcester, the ESO also bring to Barnstaple his beloved Serenade for Strings and the touching Songs for Strings, arranged by Donald Fraser. The concert concludes with the ESO specialty, Dvořák’s beguiling Serenade, infused with the unforgettable melos of his native Bohemia.
Here is an interview with Kenneth Woods from earlier this year for NCCR..
Kenneth Woods-Principal Conductor,English Symphony Orchestra