ESO salute to a royal milestone

ESO with Graham Jones
ESO with Graham Jones

The Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra is looking ahead to a royal celebration in its upcoming autumn programme.

The orchestra continues its 35th season with a concert on Sunday October 11 at 7pm in St Saviour’s Church.

After the national anthem, the concert continues with Walton’s coronation march Orb and Sceptre written for the 1953 coronation programme, so celebrating the milestone being met by Queen Elizabeth as longest reigning monarch in her 90th year.

There is recognition too of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius (Symphony No 2).

A personal and local flavour is also on the programme 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 (1903–1985), a timpanist with Eastbourne Orchestral Society for over 30 years, was also a very accomplished pianist and composer of light and orchestral music.

Organist David Force is the soloist in Handel’s Organ Concert in F (‘the cuckoo and the nightingale’). Tickets (£14 in advance; £15 on the door) are available from 07780 993801 and from Reid and Dean, 43–45 Cornfield Road, BN21 4QG.

The ESO was founded as the Eastbourne Sinfonia in 1979 and, with quality players from Eastbourne and the surrounding area, performs a number of concerts a year. More from