A new era for ERSO!

The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra are delighted to announce the appointment of Christopher Stark as our new Principal Conductor, following an extensive selection process which has seen us working with some fantastic conductors over the last two years.

Chris has worked with ERSO in two successful concerts, which included Brahms 3rd Symphony in February 2017 and our November 2017 Children’s concert with the Camden Training Orchestra.  We are all very excited to see what the future will bring as we embark upon planning future seasons together.

He’ll be following in the footsteps of our previous distinguished Principal Conductors, who include internationally acclaimed Howard Williams, ERSO’s Conductor Emeritus Peter Stark whose reputation as a conductor, teacher and trainer is internationally renowned and Ballet Rambert’s Paul Hoskins.

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Christopher conducting the Multi-Story Orchestra, based in a Peckham car park

Christopher is best known as co-founder and co-Artistic Director, with composer Kate Whitley, of the RPS Award-winning Multi-Story Orchestra with whom he made a critically acclaimed BBC Proms debut in 2016.

Christopher began as a cellist, playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before studying at Trinity College, Cambridge and with Peter Stark, Jorma Panula and Stephen Layton.

He has worked extensively with the English Touring Opera and as Assistant Conductor for the Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne on Tour where he was awarded the Lefever Study Award in 2014 for his work on Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.  Christopher has recently been appointed as Musical Director for the Blackheath Halls Orchestra.

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Chris with ERSO and young musicians from the Camden Training Orchestra

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