ERSO October Concert & concerto competition eligibility

On 8 October, the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, one of London’s leading and longest established amateur orchestras, will be presenting a wonderful evening of Romantic music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov under the baton of Samuel Burstin, the accomplished violist and conductor.

If you are grade 8+ standard and are interested in taking part in this concert, please contact You can also find us on the ERSO facebook page.  We are always keen to hear from string players across all sections and would be particularly pleased to hear from trumpet and trombone players interested in joining the orchestra.

Players who take part in this concert are also eligible to apply for our ERSO Soloist of the Year competition (open to anyone over 18 years of age, of any nationality, who has played in at least concert with ERSO including the concert on October 8th, 2017 with Samuel Burstin).

Auditions will take place in November and candidates will be asked to perform part of one movement of their chosen concerto, accompanied by piano, and will be judged by a panel of ERSO Committee members plus the conductor Chris Stark.

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Peter Stark

Up to 4 semi-finalists will be selected to work on their concerto with ERSO and Peter Stark at an open rehearsal on January 21, 2018.

The winner will have the opportunity to perform their concerto in our 11 February Concert with Peter Stark.

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