ESO+Gweneth-Ann Rand+Keel Watson+Gibbons

Orchestral / Choral Concert at 
St Barnabas Church
Pitshanger Lane, Ealing  W5 1QG
7.30pm on Saturday 10th


Verdi:                           Overture, The Force of Destiny

Delius:                         Appalachia

Gershwin:                    Porgy and Bess Suite (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)


Conductor:   John Gibbons

Soloists:       Gweneth-Ann Rand (soprano)

Soloists:       Keel Watson (bass baritone)

and              The Ealing Festival Chorus


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The ESO is an independent orchestra based in Ealing.  They usually give around five main concerts a year.  This year they have added to their commitments by again joining our Festival.  They are reckoned to be one of the finest volunteer orchestras in the country.

The ESO always strives to do something in most concerts which is a bit out of the ordinary, without forgetting that players and audiences come to enjoy themselves, so there are always plenty of popular classics as well as some fine music you may not know already in their programmes.

For this concert in our Festival Programme, the ESO are joined by the specially formed Ealing Festival Chorus.

Gweneth-Ann Rand trained at the University of Exeter, Goldsmith's College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was a Vilar Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in 2001 represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.  Operatic appearances include the BBC Proms, Barbican Hall, Royal Opera House, Theater Bremen, Oper Kiel, Finnish National Opera, Macedonian Opera, Oper Koln, Welsh National Opera and Opera Holland Park. Concert appearances include Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Festival, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

In the current season highlights include her debut for English National Opera as Aida, revival performances of 4.48 Psychosis for The Royal Opera, Messiaen’s Harawi with Simon Lepper at the Howard Assembly Room and a concert version of Porgy & Bess at both he Moscow International Performing Arts Centre and here in Ealing.

Keel Watson studied singing and trombone at Trinity College of music from 1986 to 1990 with Elizabeth Hawes and Roger Brenner respectively. He is currently studying with Janice Chapman. He made his Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Hall debuts with the concert version of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and has made his South Bank debut with Michael Westbrook opera “Coming through Slaughter”, a world Premiere.  He also had his Royal Opera House debut as the Bosun in Britten’s “Billy Budd”.

His concert repertoire is varied from the world concert premiere of Ça Ira, the Roger Waters opera performed in Rome 2005 to the Symphony of a Thousand (Pater Profundis) by Mahler.  Recent concerts include The Defiant Requiem – the Verdi Requiem at Terezin, Mozart’s Requiem at York Minster and Monteverdi’s Vespers (1610) at the Cadogan Hall. Keel's future engagements include Bartolo in Marriage of Figaro for ENO. 

John Gibbons is a musician whose passion is to share music with everyone with an open ear! A versatile conductor equally at home on the concert platform, in the opera pit or on the cathedral steps, John has enjoyed a fascinating career that continues to provoke and stimulate ever-increasing audiences across the whole spectrum of his music-making.

John has conducted over forty acclaimed opera productions including an array of Italian operas at Opera Holland Park and has been Principal Conductor of West Sussex’s professional orchestra – Worthing Symphony Orchestra - for over a decade. John’s career reflects his belief in working with musicians over a sustained period of time, a process best exemplified by his work with Ealing Symphony Orchestra.