The English Chamber Orchestra presents, The Gazillium Music Machine and other stories

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Apr 25 2023

Tuesday 16th May 2023. 1.30-2.45pm (schools performance)

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

Suitable for KS2, KS3 and KS4 students

‘Our first big event featuring upscaled work sits alongside a brand new commission receiving its first public performance at concerts on 16th May in Cadogan Hall – The Gazillium Music Machine. The concert programme derives from projects our teams have conducted with a number of London schools but more importantly provides a springboard for future English Chamber Orchestra education & community projects. 

During the concert performance poet Sophia Thakur will narrate The Gazillium Music machine, a work that she has penned with composer Sally Herbert. Alongside this professionally crafted work and a performance of Copland’s wonderful ‘Appalachian Spring‘, the audience will be treated to a performance of ‘Amelia and the Robot’. The script for this work was written by students at KS2 with a score composed by students of the THAMES Saturday Music Centre.


  • Pre-concert talk with the artistic team
  • World premiere of The Gazillium Music Machine by Sophia Thakur and Sally Herbert. This new work features performance poetry and original music delivered in the style of feature films familiar to the student audience. This commission will form a key aspect of ECO storytelling and music projects from 2023 onwards.
  • Performance of Amelia and the Robot written by students of the THAMES Saturday Music Centre (Tower Hamlets) as part of Lights Camera Score in 2022. The student composition, subsequently developed by a professional composer, will be performed live by the English Chamber Orchestra synchronised to an animated film written by KS2 pupils.

How to book for schools or individuals:

2pm (1.30 workshop)

Email to and cc stating the following details:

  • School name
  • Contact name and email address
  • Number of tickets required
  • Age/year groups of students attending
  • Confirmation they are okay with the donation

6pm email

  • School name
  • Number of tickets required
  • Age/year groups of students attending
  • Contact information to discuss ticket booking and discount.

The 2pm concert (preshow talks at 1.30) is based on a donation of £3 per head as we were very keen to maximise opportunities for schools and reduce barriers.

The 6pm show is a public ticketed event – a twilight performance that we expect will appeal to families, older school students, community groups.  We’ve definitely got discount codes for £7.50 tickets that can be used via the Cadogan booking system – there may be discounted opportunities depending on numbers and group size etc.

Tickets are limited so get in early!

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