It’s not such a new idea for ERSO to be getting involved with composers – John Rutter’s Partita for Orchestra (his first orchestral work!) was commissioned by the Ernest Read Music Association to celebrate the 50th anniversary concert of the London Junior Orchestra (later known as the Ernest Read Youth Orchestra). Rutter dedicated his work to Ernest’s wife Helen.
April 1976 saw the first performance of John Rutter’s Partita for Orchestra (his first orchestral work) at the 50th anniversary concert at the Festival Hall. The concert was attended by royalty – Princess Alexandra (the Queen’s cousin) was present!