Calling composers!!

Would you like to win the chance to have your composition performed by the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, one of London’s leading and longest established amateur orchestras, conducted by renowned young conductor Christopher Stark?

We are looking for an inspiring, contemporary classical Fanfare for full symphony orchestra which celebrates ERSO’s 90th Birthday and the huge contribution to music made by our founder, Ernest Read.

The competition is open to composers who are aged 16  – 30 years old on January 15th, 2020 and who are UK residents.

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Acclaimed composer Emma-Ruth Richards

Up to 10 composers will be invited to workshop their Fanfare with ERSO.  These composers will benefit from heairng their piece played by a full symphony orchestra and from feedback given by our conductor Christopher Stark, leader John Crawford (a Professor at Trinity Laban) and renowned British composer Emma-Ruth Richards.  The workshop will be recorded, and the composers will be given a recording of ERSO playing their Fanfare to use as part of their portfolio.

The composer of the winning Fanfare will be awarded a prize of £250.  They will also receive a commission of £1,000 to create a piece for soloist and orchestra for the winner of the ERSO Soloist of the Year 2020 competition.

The winning Fanfare and the soloist piece be central pieces at ERSO’s 90th Birthday Gala concert to held in the prestigious Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in Spring 2021.  The concert will be recorded and the winner will be given copies of the recording of both pieces.

Entry to the competition is free and applications close on 15th January 2020

To find out more about the competition go to: ERSO emerging composers’ competition: “A Fanfare for Ernest Read”

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