ESO plays local composition to celebrate Queen’s long reign

The Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra continues its 35th season with an autumn concert on Sunday October 11 at 7pm in St Saviour’s Church.

The programme reflects milestones being met by Queen Elizabeth as longest reigning monarch in her 90th year, playing Walton’s Orb and Sceptre written for the 1953 coronation, with organist David Force who is also the soloist for Handel’s Organ Concert in F, as well as celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius (Symphony No 2).

There is a personal and local flavour with the popular minuet from A Downland Suite by Ireland and two movements from The Wilmington Suite written by Charles Lucas, the ESO’s president’s father. Charles Lucas was a timpanist with Eastbourne Orchestral Society for over 30 years, and an accomplished pianist and composer of light and orchestral music. Tickets (£14 in advance; £15 on the door) from 07780 993801, and Reid and Dean, 43–45 Cornfield Road, BN21 4QG. For more go to