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Saturday 3 March 2018 - 3-5pm

MusiKaleigh - A Magical Musical Family Event

A Tribute to John Williams - ad. Paul Lavender

Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin

St Peter's Church, Notting Hill, Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill, W11 2PN


ad. Paul Lavender - A Tribute to John Williams

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

and more performances...​

A Magical Musical Family Event, MusiKaleigh is a fundraising day at St Peter's, Notting Hill in support of Kaleigh's Trust, a charity that was established to support a young girl who was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable brain tumour. You can read more about Kaleigh and Kaleigh's Trust on our News Page. ELSO is proud to be able to support this worthy cause.


On the day there will be a concert between 3 and 5pm, featuring East London Symphony Orchestra in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Simone Tavoni and A Tribute to John Williams, as well as performances from actor Tom Austen and pianist Sachika Taniyama, a Wind Trio from the Honourable Artillery Company Regimental Band, and a Gospel Choir. The theme for the event is film music.


We're really looking forward to supporting Kaleigh's Trust and we'd be delighted to see many people there for a good cause and some good fun too!

Thursday 3 August 2017 - 7pm

Symphony No. 2 - Brahms

Trumpet Concerto - Arutunian

Suite Fantastica - Milutin Polić (UK premiere)

The Storm King - Evan Bailey (world premiere)
St John of Jerusalem Church, Lauriston Road, Hackney E9 7EY

Brahms Symphony No. 2

East London Symphony's summer concert in 2017 features the emphatic Second Symphony by Johannes Brahms in the second half under the direction of Jamie Conway, giving particularly the wind and brass a chance to open up in the climactic finale.

Zoë Perkins joins conductor Zoë Kundu for Alexander Arutiunian's virtuosic Trumpet Concerto. This follows two premieres, the first a new work by Evan Bailey, composition student at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from Autumn 2017. The Storm King depicts the fictional story of a king who finds he has power over the weather.


The second piece in the programme is a long lost work by Croatian composer Milutin Polić, Suite Fantastica in five short movements. The work was gifted to the orchestra by retired architect and music enthusiast Petar Velnić who financed the publication of the work in 2006. It was performed in Italy and Croatia during Polić's lifetime but has never been performed outside those countries, and ELSO will give the UK premiere and make the only recording of the work on Thursday 3 August, 2017.

Evan Bailey

The Storm King 7' (world premiere)


Trumpet Concerto 16'

Milutin Polić

Suite Fantastica 18' (UK premiere)

Interval 15'


Symphony No. 2 42'

Zoë Perkins trumpet

East London Symphony Orchestra

Jamie Conway conductor

Zoë Kundu conductor

Thursday 6 April 2017 - 7pm

Symphony No. 5 - Tchaikovsky

Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis - Vaughan Williams

Let us Garlands Bring - Finzi

Tragic Overture - Brahms
St John of Jerusalem Church, Lauriston Road, Hackney E9 7EY

ELSO Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

The orchestra's debut concert will take place on Thursday 6 April at St John of Jerusalem Church, Hackney. The orchestra of young instrumentalists will perform some classics of the symphonic repertoire as well as some more unusual works.


To open, Jamie Conway will take the two string orchestras through Ralph Vaughan Williams' sublime Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis in a generous church acoustic, in line with that of Gloucester Cathedral where the piece was premiered in 1910. Its pairing with Finzi's song cycle Let us Garlands Bring is particularly appropirate, the cycle having been written for Vaughan Williams' 70th birthday. Vaughan Williams himself commented that the third song in the cycle of five was one of the loveliest ever written. Royal College of Music student Edward Jowle will join the orchestra as baritone soloist.

Brahms' Tragic Overture, the piece that "cries" according to the composer, closes the first half, completing a sequence of varying emotional bursts from three different composers. After the interval Tchaikovsky's "Russian flavoured" Fifth Symphony gives the orchestra the opportunity to pull out all the stops under the direction of Zoë Kundu.

Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 16'


Let us Garlands Bring 14'


Tragic Overture 12'

Interval 15'


Symphony No. 5 50'

Edward Jowle baritone

East London Symphony Orchestra

Zoë Kundu conductor

Jamie Conway conductor

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