English Chamber Orchestra
It has its roots in the Goldsbrough Orchestra , which was founded in 1948 by Lawrence Leonard and Arnold Goldsbrough . The orchestra took on its current name in 1960 when it first expanded its program beyond baroque music . The repertoire is limited by the size of the group, which remained fairly constant about the size of an orchestra from Mozart's time.
A little later, it entered into a close collaboration with the Aldeburgh Festival , where it premiered Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream , Owen Wingrave , Curlew River and other works. Britten conducted the orchestra on various occasions and made a number of recordings with him.
At that time the orchestra did not have a permanent conductor, but worked with a number of guest conductors, including a. with Raymond Leppard , Colin Davis and Daniel Barenboim . In 1985 Jeffrey Tate was appointed the ensemble's first chief conductor.
In 2009 Paul Watkins took over the direction of the orchestra as music director on a three-year contract.
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- Martin Cullingford: Cellist and conductor Paul Watkins has been named as the music director of the English Chamber Orchestra. In: All conducting master classes. June 19, 2009 (English).