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Mozart: Divertimento in D, K136
Schubert: Rondo in A for violin and strings D438
Kreisler: Liebesfreud, Liebesleid and Schön Rosmarin
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Britten: Simple Symphony
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The Worcestershire-based ESO was founded by conductor William Boughton as
the English String Orchestra in 1978. It soon earned an international reputation for performances of English music, made over fifty recordings and began touring regularly in Europe. Over time, the orchestra's repertoire expanded to include the full breadth of orchestral music and the ESO grew to become the English Symphony Orchestra. Ever since then, 'ESO' has served as an acronym with a dual meaning.
Conductor Vernon Handley succeeded William Boughton in 2007, and led the orchestra until his death in 2008. Over the years, the ESO has worked with a distinguished list of instrumentalists, composers and conductors, including Stephen Isserlis, Daniel Hope, Michael Tippett, Nicholas Maw and Yehudi Menhuin, who was appointed the ESO's Principal Guest Conductor in 1991, and led the orchestra on a number of international tours.
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