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Applications for our ERSO Soloist of the Year competition have now closed and we are delighted to have sixteen fantastic applicants who will be auditioning on 5 and 12 November. Its a great mix of strings, wind and brass players and some really unusual concerti. Applicants will audition before a panel made up of ERSO Committee members, our professional leader John Crawford and up and coming conductor Chris Stark.
This competition falls under our new ERSO Talent Programme, which is inspired by our founder Ernest Read and which brings together all our work with emerging professional musicians (soloists, conductors, animateurs, paid section leaders etc).
Four semi-finalists will be selected to work on their concerto with ERSO and our the eminent conductor Peter Stark at an open rehearsal on January 21, 2018.
The winner will have the opportunity to perform their concerto in our 11 February Concert with Peter Stark – a fabulous prize!
Watch this space for more news on who will be the “fab four” semi-finalists…
And don’t worry if you didn’t apply in time – there’s always next year
Last night’s ERSO’s concert of Romantic music under the baton of Sam Burstin was a truly special event. Our wonderful soloist Ana Sinkovec gave an amazing rendition of the Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto and the emotional performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony left the audience spellbound. Thanks to Sam and Ana and all of our wonderful players – and to the hugely appreciative audience!
Would you like the chance to play a concerto with ERSO under the baton of the eminent Peter Stark?
Then the ERSO Soloist of the Year 2018 competition could be of interest.
This competition is open to anyone over 18 years of age, of any nationality, who has played in at least concert with ERSO, including the concert on October 8th, 2017 with Samuel Burstin. We still have a few spaces left in our string sections for this concert.
Auditions will take place on mornings of 5 and 12 November. Candidates will be asked to perform part of one movement of their chosen concerto, accompanied by piano.
Up to 4 semi-finalists will be selected to work on their concerto with ERSO and Peter Stark at an open rehearsal on January 21, 2018.
The winner will have the opportunity to perform their concerto in our 11 February Concert with Peter Stark, which will also include Walton’s Portsmouth Point and Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony.
The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, one of London’s leading and longest established amateur orchestras, has a few spots left for experienced string players.
We are a friendly group, playing challenging and diverse repertoire to a very high standard and we work with professional conductors of a very high calibre. Our membership is diverse and includes conservatoire students, music teachers, professionals at the start of their careers and skilled amateur musicians.
Our next concert is the 8th October concert of Romantic Music under the baton of Samuel Burstin, the accomplished violist and conductor, and we will be playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with award winning soloist Ana Sinkovec and Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony.
Players who take part in this concert are also eligible to apply for our ERSO Soloist of the Year competition.
Up to 4 semi-finalists will be selected to work on their concerto with ERSO and the eminent conductor Peter Stark (Hon D Mus, Hon FTCL, Hon ARAM, GRSM, ARCM) at an open rehearsal on January 21, 2018. The winner will have the opportunity to perform their concerto in our 11 February Concert conducted by Peter.
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ERSO’s membership has always included talented music students and young professionals at the start of their careers who are keen to gain repertoire experience. We have a long tradition of working with emerging soloists, choosing where we can to work with players from within the orchestra.
Recently this has included Matthew Strover as the soloist in Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, Caroline Welsh playing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto and players who have been selected for Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists such as Dinara Klinton.
In 2017, we initiated a scheme for paid string section principals. These are developmental roles for post-graduate music students which give the successful applicants valuable experience of leading and managing their musical section and playing a part in helping to run an orchestra, including fixing players, communication and publicity and, crucially, planning and delivering our education projects.
Some years ago, ERSO also had an Assistant Conductor position to enable young conductors to develop and learn from the Principal Conductor. Most recently this role was held by Andrew Gourlay who has gone on to achieve considerable professional success with major orchestras and opera houses in the UK and abroad.
The trials for a new Principal Conductor and appointments of our String Section Leaders have acted as a catalyst for ERSO to develop a more formal programme to link all our work with emerging professional musicians under the ERSO Talent Programme. This programme will bring together all our work with emerging soloists, conductors and paid section leaders, potentially expanding into further areas such as reviving the Assistant Conductor position and working with emerging composers in the next few years.
In its first year the ERSO Talent Programme will focus on emerging soloists through the ERSO Soloist of the Year 2018 competition and emerging conductors in our Behind the Baton project in May 2018.