ESO-Ealing Festival Chorus-Winter-Gibbons

Orchestral Concert at 
St Barnabas Church
Pitshanger Lane, Ealing  W5 1QG
7.30pm on Saturday 11th

A celebration of British, especially Ealing, Film Music

William Walton:                        Spitfire Prelude and Fugue (The First of the Few 1942)

Alan Rawsthorne:                     Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948 film)

Luigi Boccherini:                      Minuet - Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5 (The Ladykillers 1955)

John Ireland:                            The Overlanders - World Premier of the Complete Orchestral Score (1946 film)

Alan Rawsthorne:                     The Cruel Sea (1953 film)

Ralph Vaughan Williams:          Symphony No 7 -  Sinfonia antartica (Scott of the Antarctic 1948)


Conductor:  John Gibbons

Soloist:        Helen Winter (soprano)


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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.

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.

Helen Winter was born in Grantham, the daughter of church organist and music teacher Geoff Winter and his musician wife Cecilia. Aged only six, she debuted in Grantham Operatic Society’s The Sound of Music while still at the National School. In 1992 she was a finalist in the BBC Choirgirl of the Year competition. After this she studied for her A Levels at Clarendon College, Nottingham, where her desire to be an opera singer took over. She graduated with honours from Trinity College of Music, London, under Prof Susan McCulloch.

In 2008 Helen was a finalist in the Berlin Komische opera auditions and in 2009 she performed the roles of Barbarina (in English with Opera Brava) and Susanna (in Italian with Candlelight Opera) in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Recital and Concert work regularly takes her abroad. She has performed most of the major Oratorios and has had the pleasure of working with conductors including Nicholas Cleobury, Mark Elder, Nigel Morley, Peter Robinson and Stephen Jackson.