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Ernest Read

The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) is a long-established orchestra that was founded in 1931 by Ernest Read, the English conductor, organist, and music educator, who founded the youth orchestra movement and had a profound impact on the development of music education within England during the first half of the 20th century.

Our membership is diverse and includes conservatoire students, music teachers, professionals at the start of their careers and skilled and experienced amateur musicians.

ERSO presents a series of  concerts each year, combining high quality performance with an approachable style of presentation.  We are currently working with a series of guest conductors, prior to appointing a new permanent conductor to follow our previous conductors Peter Stark and Paul Hoskins.

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ERSO with young players from Camden Training Orchestra

ERSO champions developmental opportunities for emerging conductors and performers, and is strongly committed to giving concerts for children and young people.
Three of our concerts each year involve working with The Camden Music Service, the Camden School for Girls and partner primary school in Kew.