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Siegfried of the horn

That’s what Sir Thomas Beecham called Dennis Brain, the British virtuoso horn player who was largely credited for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the post-war British public. He produced what many still consider to be the definitive recordings of Mozart’s horn concerti.

We’re proud to say that during the 1937/38 season Dennis was the third horn at ERSO.  He joined age 16, introduced by older brother Leonard (an oboist) with the words “He’s been playing the horn for only a couple of years.  He can do things as well as Dad can already!”  As Dad was Aubrey Brain, Principal Horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, this was a sign of the great things to come!

ERSO’s famous faces….

jack brymerLegendary clarinettist Jack Brymer inspired a generation to take up the instrument.  But he didn’t plan to be a professional musician and initially trained and worked as a PE teacher.

His life was transformed when a report of his playing in ERSO reached Sir Thomas Beecham via Dennis Brain, another ERSO player, as Beecham was looking to fill the principal clarinet role at the RPO.

Brymer thought it was a friend playing a trick when he got the call! Of course he got the job and started to make clarinet history.

Want to be like Michael?

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Our 2018 ERSO of the Year Finalists

Well, you COULD learn the Strauss oboe concerto (though we hear its tricky).

OR you could enter our ERSO Soloist of the Year 2019 competition.  Last year Michael was one of our four Finalists and they were all so amazing that they each have been given soloist opportunities with ERSO.

“So how do I do that?” we hear you say.

The competition is open to ERSO members or players who do at least one concert with us in the next season.  Check it out and get in touch if you’re interested!

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Want to be like Michael?

2018 finalists
Our 2018 ERSO of the Year Finalists

Well, you COULD learn the Strauss oboe concerto (though we hear its tricky).

OR you could enter our ERSO Soloist of the Year 2019 competition.  Last year Michael was one of our four Finalists and they were all so amazing that they each have been given soloist opportunities with ERSO.

“So how do I do that?” we hear you say.

The competition is open to ERSO members or players who do at least one concert with us in the next season.  Check it out and get in touch if you’re interested!

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Mother knows best!

michael stowe newMichael Stowe is our fabulous soloist in our  October concert playing the beautiful Strauss oboe concerto.

But it so nearly wasn’t to be – and we’ve got his mum to thank!

Michael says: I started learning the oboe when I was 10 years old. I had previously been learning the recorder and initially wanted to move on to the flute, as I knew some children at my school who learned it. I suggested this to my mum who quickly responded with “no, everyone plays the flute- learn the oboe!”

And we’re very glad she did!

Opportunities for talented musicians

section leader poster with edgesThe ERSO Talent programme was created to build on our long tradition of working with emerging professional musicians.  It links all of our work with emerging professional soloists, conductors, orchestral musicians etc.

This year we have 2 great opportunities:

Paid Section Leader Opportunities for a Principal 2nd Violin and Cello.  These are 2 year roles that give the chance to lead and manage your section and play a part in setting the strategy for the orchestra.

section leader poster with edges.jpgERSO Soloist of the Year 2019 – win the chance to perform your chosen concerto at the Waterloo Festival in June 2019.

Interested? Check out our website and get in touch on ersoinfo@gmail.com