Local composer work from ESO

ESO conducted by Graham Jones
ESO conducted by Graham Jones

The Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 131st concert is on Sunday October 11 at 7pm in St Saviour’s Church.

The programme promises to be a great attraction to both audience and players.

Starting with the national anthem, it continues to reflect the milestones being met by Queen Elizabeth as longest reigning monarch in her 90th year with Walton’s coronation march Orb and Sceptre written for the 1953 coronation.

There is also a personal and local flavour with the popular minuet from A Downland Suite by Ireland, and the two completed movements from the Wilmington Suite written by the ESO’s president’s father Charles Lucas (1903–1985) who was a timpanist with Eastbourne Orchestral Society for over 30 years, and a very accomplished pianist and composer of light and orchestral music.

‘The cuckoo and the nightingale’ (Handel’s Organ Concerto in F) not only continues the nature theme but allows for the organist David Force to be heard not just in the Walton. Sibelius is also being celebrated in the 150th year after his birth with his second symphony.

The conductor is Graham Jones and the leader is Lisa Wigmore.

Tickets (£14 in advance; £15 on the door) are available from 07780 993801 and from Reid and Dean, 43–45 Cornfield Road, BN21 4QG. More details from www.eso.org.uk