English Chamber Orchestra


Founded in 1948 by Lawrence Leonard and Arnold Goldsbrough, originally as the Goldsbrough Orchestra and renamed to English Chamber Orchestra in 1960.

Based in London, England, U.K.

The most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 857 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers.

The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence. The ECO’s long relationship with Daniel Barenboim led to an acclaimed complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos as live performances and recordings, followed later by two further recordings of the complete cycle, with Murray Perahia and Mitsuko Uchida. Paul Watkins has been the ECO’s Music Director and Principal Conductor since 2009, and Sir Colin Davis was appointed Conductor Emeritus in 2010.

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Aliases:Goldsbrough Orchestra
Members:Adam Skeaping, Adrian Beers, Adrian Levine, Alan Civil, Alan Lumsden, Alexander Taylor, Alexandra Mackenzie (2), Andrew McGavin, Andrew Williams (10), Andy Crowley, Anita Lasker, Anthony Chidell, Anthony Halstead, Anthony Randall, Arthur Wilson (3), Bernard Richards, Bernhard Läubin, Beverley Jones, Brian Sewell, Cameron Sinclair




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