A big thanks to Ernest Read!

Did you start your orchestral playing in a youth orchestra?
So many of us had our first musical training in these amazing organisations, and we should be grateful to Ernest Read!

In 1926 he founded the London Junior Orchestra, one of the earliest earliest youth symphony orchestras which grew to have 11 affiliate youth orchestras throughout Great Britain and led to the founding of so many more!

And did you know that Ernest Read was a sprightly sixty-five when he started the first residential School Orchestra Course for children in 1944?

One attendee in the first two years was a young teacher named Ruth Railton – and she was inspired by the experience to start the National Youth Orchestra!

ernest read at queenswood
Ernest Read with pupils at Queenswood School

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