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English String Orchestra (English Symphony Orchestra)

This orchestra was founded in Malvern, Worcester , England , in 1978, as part of the English Symphony Orchestra, by the conductor William Boughton with Yehudi Menuhin being the Principal Guest Conductor during the 1990s and taking them on several international tours.  They have also been led by co-leaders that have included the violinist Nic Hallowfield.

The orchestra soon got their name known for their recordings and became known for championing works by English composers such as Butterworth Vaughan Williams, Bridge and Finzi. They have also been regular participants in international festivals and concerts and have been hosts to soloists including Nigel Kennedy, Michael Tippett, Emmanuel Ax and Evelyn Glennie.

After a while they began to take on larger works requiring other types of instrument such as percussion, woodwind and brass and due to this they adopted the name of the English Symphony Orchestra.

Continuing to record and give popular concert performances, including an operatic premiere, they now also host educational and community programmes.

Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni recordings
Adagio in G minor
Nimbus NI 7019
Conductor – William Boughton