On this page you can find out about EAChO’s players, and hear in their own words what they love about playing with this unique ensemble.
East Anglia Chamber Orchestra
The orchestra’s personnel changes slightly from concert to concert. Our current members include:
Helen Medlock (leader)
“EAChO provides me with the desire to play at the top of my ability. Prestigious conductors, fabulous soloists, varied repertoire, and a strong nucleus of extremely capable, motivated players, creates an inspirational atmosphere. There is a warm, supportive ethos amongst the orchestral members and we all share a desire to provide concerts that will excite and impress audiences.”- Helen Godfrey (cello)
“I feel very fortunate to be part of EAChO, and in particular the woodwind section, where there is a tremendous atmosphere of teamwork, mutual respect, friendship, fun and a shared sense of adventure. Of course [fellow clarinettist] Beverley and I have been friends and played together for many years, and each opportunity that we have to continue to do so is very special to me. It is worth putting all the time and effort into rehearsals and practice because the results will generate musical experiences that are unique, satisfying, and memorable. Stand-out concerts for me (out of many) include the Verdi Requiem with CUMS in Ely Cathedral (that piece in that venue was almost overwhelming!), the white-knuckle ride of the Mendelssohn Italian symphony in Thaxted, and the incredible intensity of Adrian Iliescu’s Sibelius Violin Concerto slow movement at West Road – an absolute privilege to be part of it.”- Heather Thorne (principal clarinet)
“For me there’s something tremendously exciting about being part of a really good chamber orchestra like EAChO. There isn’t the sheer power of a symphony orchestra, but what you get in its place is a precision and feeling of being close to the action. I get a real buzz from being part of a group that can bring real poise and precision to such a wide range of music, from Mozart to Schoenberg.”- Paul Minion (violin/viola)