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English Chamber Orchestra

23 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018

Join us for a wonderful evening with “the world’s most recorded chamber orchestra”

Celebrate the heyday of the Age of Sail with an exquisite programme of music performed by the English Chamber Orchestra in our “Cathedral to Shipbuilding” No.3 Slip.

This musical journey will be hosted by renowned historian Dr David Starkey CBE FSA, who will give an insight to the power of music during the period of Britain’s intense naval expansion of the eighteenth century.  Listen to sublime works by Handel, Mozart and Haydn while marvelling at the surrounds of one of the world’s best preserved dockyards of the Age of Sail.

Scroll down for information on the performance, booking and how to get here.


Please note…

  • Doors open at 18.15
  • Concert starts at 19.30
  • Please park in our main visitor entrance car park (no additional fees for parking)
  • A cash bar will be available at the event
  • Tickets are available in three bands for this event – see booking for details.

The programme will feature:

George Frideric Handel – Water Music Suite, 1717

Thomas Arne – God Save the King, 1745

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No.1 in E-flat major, K.16, 1764

Joseph Haydn – London Symphony in G, H.1. No.94 – “Surprise”, 1791

Numbers for this event are strictly limited so don’t delay, book your place at this unique and special evening today….

The English Chamber Orchestra

The most recorded chamber orchestra in the world!

The English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers.

The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence.

Recent tours have included the USA, Bermuda, China, Finland, France, Greece, Slovenia and Austria (culminating in a concert at Vienna’s Musikverein) as well as concerts across the UK and at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place and Cadogan Hall.

The Orchestra has been chosen to record many successful film soundtracks including Dario Marianelli’s prizewinning scores for Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, and several James Bond soundtracks, and has taken part in a variety of other film and television projects.


Add the VIP experience to your evening

Make this special evening one to remember....

Add the VIP package to your tickets and make this a real evening to remember.  The VIP package for this event includes:

  • Sparkling Reception at the Commissioner’s House (the oldest intact Naval building the in the country)
  • Canapes before the concert
  • VIP Parking on-site opposite Commissioner’s House

VIP reception begins at 6pm.

This addition package costs £20 per person and can be booked when booking your tickets.  Just add the VIP Reception to your basket (per person) when purchasing your tickets).

Details for Booking

Tickets are available in three bands for this event:

Ticket Band Price Notes
Band A £55.50 per person Best view, front facing the orchestra
Band B £45.50 per person Side view, no restricted views
Band C £35.50 person Some slight restricted views – furthest from the orchestra

Please select the band of ticket you require when booking your seats.

Please note…

  • Doors open at 18.15
  • Concert starts at 19.30
  • Please park in our main visitor entrance car park (no additional fees for parking)
  • A cash bar will be available at the event

Numbers for this event are strictly limited so don’t delay, book your place at this unique and special evening today….


How to get here

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is accessible by a wide variety of routes whether you are arriving by car or public transport.

Arriving by car

Follow the Anchor Signs from Junctions 1, 3 and 4 of the M2 and Junction 6 of the M20. If you are using a satellite navigation system insert the postcode ME4 4TY.

Car parking is FREE – please follow the signs to the undercover car park.

VIP’s – please go to the security barrier, the team will guide you to the helipad car park onsite- opposite Commissioners House.

Arriving by train

The Historic Dockyard is within walking distance (20-30mins) from Chatham railway station which is regularly served by high speed trains travelling towards and departing from London St Pancras as well as London Victoria and Charing Cross.

Arriving by Taxi

Local Taxi numbers:

CNC Taxis: 01634 302010

Vokes Taxis: 01634 222222

Windmill Taxis: 01634 582582

Booking direct through SouthEastern Trains

(High speed) St Pancras to Chatham from £8.70

(Mainline) Victoria to Chatham from £7.10

Fares are one way, web only and subject to availability. Click here for more info.


This venue is accessible for all. For disabled seating, please call: 01634 823 1212


Is this included in my annual ticket and can i get discount?

No, on this occasion this is a separately ticketed event.

What is the VIP ticket?

You can add the VIP package to your ticket to include the following: Sparkling Reception at the Commissioner’s House, Canapes before the concert and nVIP Parking on-site opposite Commissioner’s House. Please scroll up for all the details.

Where do I park?

Parking is FREE – please follow signs onsite to the undercover space.

Can I cancel my ticket?

Tickets are non-refundable, however if you are unable to attend the event, please contact us

Is there a bar?

There is a cash bar only – please note that we will not be accepting card

What are the times?

Doors open at 18.15 & Concert starts at 19.30





If you would like to buy tickets over the phone or have any other questions, please call our box office on: 01634 823 1212

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