The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is a British chamber orchestra based in London. The full orchestra regularly plays concerts at Cadogan Hall, and the ECO Ensemble performs at Wigmore Hall. The orchestra regularly tours in the UK and internationally, and holds the distinction of not only having the most extensive discography of any chamber orchestra, but also of being the most well-travelled orchestra in the world; no other orchestra has played concerts in as many countries as the ECO.

The ECO has its roots in the Goldsbrough Orchestra, founded in 1948 by Lawrence Leonard and Arnold Goldsbrough. The group took its current name in 1960, when it expanded its repertoire beyond the Baroque period for the first time. Its repertoire remained limited by the group's size, which has stayed fairly consistently at around the size of an orchestra of Mozart's time.

Shortly afterwards, it became closely associated with the Aldeburgh Festival, playing in the premieres of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Owen Wingrave, Curlew River and several other of his works. Britten conducted the orchestra on several occasions, and made a number of records with the group.

The orchestra did not at this time have a principal conductor, but worked closely with a succession of guest conductors including Raymond Leppard, Colin Davis and Daniel Barenboim. In 1985 Jeffrey Tate was appointed the ensemble's first principal conductor. In 2000, Ralf Gothóni was appointed the ECO's second principal conductor.

In June 2009, the ECO named Paul Watkins its new music director, effective with the 2009-2010 season, for an initial contract of three years.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Concertos for Piano and Orchestra Mozart; Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Double Concerto / Piano Concerto No. 27 / Sonata for 2 Pianos Mozart; Clifford Curzon, Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 3 / Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Mozart, Vivaldi; Henryk Szeryng, English Chamber Orchestra 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Swept from the Sea John Barry; English Chamber Orchestra 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Henry Purcell 1659-1695: The Fairy Queen Jennifer Vyvyan, James Bowman, Charles Brett, Peter Pears, Mary Wells, Ian Partridge, John Shirley-Quirk, Owen Brannigan, Norma Burrowes, Alfreda Hodgson, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1995 Brandenburg Concertos 1, 2, 3 Johann Sebastian Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Philip Ledger 1
2001 Violin Concertos Bach, Vivaldi; Pinchas Zukerman, English Chamber Orchestra 1
2003 Cello Concertos / The Emperor and the Bird of Paradise Alan Ridout; Gérard Leclerc, Joanna Lumley, Paul Edmund Davies, Laudibus, English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Barlow 1
12 Concerti Grossi, op.6 Handel; English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
Boccherini & Monn: Cello Concertos Luigi Boccherini, Georg Matthias Monn; Jacqueline du Pré, English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli 1
Guitar Concertos Vivaldi, Giuliani; Eduardo Fernández, English Chamber Orchestra, George Malcolm 1

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