What a ride!

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Team ERSO

On Sunday, the intrepid cyclists of Team ERSO took on the massive challenge of the 100 mile Pudential RideLondon – and they smashed it!  We were so proud of our conductor Chris Stark, oboist Dan Elson, trumpeter Jonathan and supporter John.

Chris was worried it wouldn’t be a “Short ride” (he was conducting Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine the night before) but the team completed the course in a fantastic 6 hours and 37 minutes excluding rest breaks.

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thermometer aug 7We’re so grateful for all of the support and delighted that so far we’ve raised £2,856.  If you would like to support our fundraising efforts it’s not too late: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ERSOis90

Any donations, big or small, will contribute to our work with Camden children and young professional musicians in our 90th Birthday concert in 2021 at the Duke’s Hall.  We’ll be joined by youngsters from Camden who will sing and play with the adult musicians at this prestigious venue.  And a young composer will premiere two pieces, one of which will be written for and performed by the 2020 winner of the ERSO Soloist of the Year – huge and career boosting opportunities for both of these young musicians!

 

 

 

It’s like playing Mahler 1, but 8 times…….

When Team ERSO bravely battle the 100 miles and huge hills of the Prudential Ride London, their cycling efforts will take longer than ERSO playing Mahler 1 a whopping 8 times over.  And it will be even harder work!

Support them if you can: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ERSOis90

Any donations will go towards ERSO’s big 90th Birthday concert in 2021, giving opportunities to Camden children and to young professional musicians at the start of their careers.

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Team ERSO – conductor Chris, oboist Dan, trumpeter Jonathan and supporter John

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What a prize!

Next year’s winner of the ERSO Soloist of the Year will have get even more of an opportunity:

  • They will be our soloist in June 2020 at a packed concert in the Waterloo Festival
  • AND the winner of our emerging composers’ competition will create a contemporary classical piece created for them
  • AND they will be the soloist at our big 90th Birthday Gala concert at the Duke’s Hall in spring 2021

Interested? Check out the ERSO Soloist of the Year 2020 competition which is open to orchestral players who are ERSO members or who have done at least one project with ERSO in 2019/20.

Support our cyclists who will be riding 100 miles to help us raise funds for the 90th Birthday: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ERSOis90

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100 miles?????!!!

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Our fabulous Team ERSO cycling top!

So, why are conductor Chris, oboist Dan, trumpeter Jonathan and supporter John cycling the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100?

 

It’s 100 miles long and includes some alarmingly big hills.  They will also be wearing these delightfully fetching tops…..

 

 

Its to raise money for ERSO’s 90th Birthday concert in 2021.

ERSO has a long tradition of working with children and providing opportunities for young professional musicians at the start of their careers.

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Chris in more usual attire with Henry Hargreaves, 2019 ERSO Soloist of the Year

In our 90th Birthday concert we’ll be joined by Camden children singing and playing with ERSO.  We’ll also premiere new music by the winner of our young composers’ competition and feature the winner of our 2020 ERSO Soloist of the Year competition.

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Chris with ERSO and children from the Camden Training Orchestra

Any money we raise will help to fund this charitable element of our Birthday concert.  Find out more and support us if you can at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ERSOis90!

 

 

 

 

Could it be YOU??

Would YOU like to win the chance to perform a concerto with ERSO, conducted by Chris Stark?

Fancy having a contemporary classical piece created especially for you by the winner of ERSO’s emerging composers’ competition?

AND then getting the chance to perform this with ERSO as a soloist in the Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music?

Then check out the ERSO Soloist of the Year 2020 competition which is open to orchestral players who are ERSO members or who have done at least one project with ERSO in 2019/20.

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Time is speeding by!

It’s only three weeks to go before intrepid Team ERSO attempt the Prudential Ride London 100 to raise money for the ERSO’s big 90th Birthday in 2021!!

speedy bikesIts a really TOUGH ride and it just shows how much our conductor Christopher Stark, trumpet player Jonathan Newby, oboist Dan Elson and supporter John Leeming must love ERSO!  They are all training super-hard though we’re not sure they will be quite as fast as this picture…..

Find out more and support us if you can: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ERSOis90.  Any donations, big or small, will help our work with children and providing opportunities for young professional musicians in the 90th Birthday concert.

We are SO grateful to everyone who has supported us so far – this means so much to our riders, the orchestras and the young musicians we work with.

 

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