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2019 is our 39th season

Details of more dates for 2019 are below

We are archiving details (programmes, photos, reviews etc) of concerts. It is a work in progress.

You will find them by going to the Events tab and then archived details. To help you, for example,

here is a link to Brahms' Requiem on 19 March 2017 with Graham Jones conductor Lisa Wigmore leader

Click on the Events tab also for a list of all concerts (from our first one in January 1980) 

which can be sorted according to date, composer, work etc.

Click on the Orchestra tab for a gallery of photographs of the orchestra.

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Spring (Choral) Concert 2019

Sunday 12 May 2019, 7.30pm, St Saviour’s Church, South Street BN21 4UT

Verdi Requiem 

Soprano Elizabeth Roberts

Contralto Susan Legg

Tenor Mark Le Brocq

Bass Jozik Kotz

Tickets on sale from 1 April 


£14 (in advance) £15 (on the door)
Reid and Dean, 43–45 Cornfield Road Eastbourne BN21 4QG
or concertmanager@eso.org.uk (07780 993801)
seats are not reserved

Players rehearsals (2–5pm):

St Saviour’s Church Hall: 27 April (2-5pm), 4 May (2-5pm); hall or church: 11 May (10am-1pm); church: 12 May (2.30-5.30pm)

Singers rehearsals:

Updated message to singers following the two workshops

Revised rehearsal schedule (updated 21 March)

All Saints' Church:

Thu 4 April (7.30-9pm), Sat 6 Apr (2.30-4.30pm), Sat 13 April (2.30-4.30pm), 

Thu 25 April (7.30-9pm), Thu 2 May (7.30-9pm), Thu 9 May (7.30-9pm)

St Saviour's Church: Sun 12 May (2.30-5.30pm)

(Easter Day: 21 April; Bank Holiday weekend: 3/4/5 May)



Summer Concert 2019

Music for a Summer's Evening

Sunday 30 June 2019, 7pm, St Saviour's Church, South Street BN21 4UT

Players rehearsals (2–5pm)

St Saviour's Church Hall: 8 Jun, 15 Jun (and AGM); St Saviour's Church: 29 Jun, 30 Jun


Autumn Concert 2019

Sunday 20 October 2019, 7pm, St Saviour’s Church, South Street BN21 4UT

St Saviour's Church Hall: 5 Oct, 12 Oct; St Saviour's Church: 19 Oct, 20 Oct

2020 is our 40th season

33rd Annual Young Soloist Competition


The first round of the ESO’s 33rd annual Young Soloist Competition is on 4 and 5 January. Some 30 competitors from music colleges around the UK and abroad present a 15-minute performance of a contrasting programme of their own choice, judged by four adjudicators. They will perform on piano, string and wind instruments. An audience is welcome to come and go as they wish between competitors. Just turn up; there is no need to reserve seats; a contribution of £5 to offset expenses (tea / coffee provided). The competition runs from 2pm until about 6.30pm each afternoon in the Birley Centre, 4 Carlisle Road BN21 4EF. The final round, on Sunday 26 January at 2pm (£10, on the door only, includes refreshments), has four or five competitors who present a 20-minute performance of two contrasting concerto movements. The winner plays a concerto with the ESO. 


Details of more events will be posted later.

This page was last updated on 21 January 2019