Ernest Read, the founder of the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, was extremely keen to give the aspiring professional musicians who played in the orchestra the valuable opportunity to play as soloists. The first player to get this chance in 1931 was the young Evelyn Rothwell (also known as Evelyn Barbirolli), who went on to become one of the UK’s most famous oboists.
We’re proud to continue the tradition via our ERSO Soloist of the Year competition, open to regular ERSO members and musicians who play at least one concert (incl rehearsals) with us this season. https://erso.london/erso-soloist-of-the-year-2020/
Who knows if some of this year’s contestants might follow in Evelyn’s famous footsteps?!