At ERSO we had such fun in 2019 – and our Soloist of the Year Final was one of the highlights! We were totally wowed by our four fabulous finalists as they shared an afternoon rehearsal with ERSO and conductor Christopher Stark
Composers aged 16 – 30 years old who are UK based are invited to submit a contemporary classical Fanfare for full symphony orchestra.
The composer of the winning Fanfare will be awarded a prize of £250. They will also receive a commission of £1,000 to create a piece for soloist and orchestra for the winner of the ERSO Soloist of the Year 2020 competition.
The winning Fanfare and the soloist piece be central pieces at ERSO’s 90th Birthday Gala concert on 28 February 2021. The concert will be recorded and the winner will be given copies of the recording of both pieces.
Entry to the competition is free and applications close on 15th January 2020
We’re so excited to work with hugely talented young music student Joe (Chu-Yu) Yang in our Brahms and Debussy concert in Feb 2020. We met Joe in the 2019 ERSO Soloist of the Year competition and were hugely impressed by his performance as a Finalist.
Did you know that 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 at the 50th anniversary concert at the Festival Hall. The concert was attended by royalty – Princess Alexandra (the Queen’s cousin and ERMA’s patron) was present!
Anyone who takes part in this project (including rehearsals) will be eligible to enter and potentially win the prize of being our soloist in the June concert, as well as having a solo piece commissioned from the winner of our emerging composers’ competition.
This solo piece will be premiered by the winning soloist in ERSO’s 90th Birthday concert at the Duke’s Hall in February 2021.
At ERSO we are SO excited to be working with hugely talented young soloist Joe (Chu Yu) Yang in our Brahms and Debussy concert in Feb 2020. He’ll be delighting our audience with The Lark Ascending by Vaughan-Williams.
We met Joe when he applied for the 2019 ERSO Soloist of the Year competition and were hugely impressed by his performance in the final.
If you are an ambitious soloist and feeling envious of Joe, then check out our ERSO Soloist of the Year 2020 comoetition – the winner will be our June soloist AND have a solo piece commissioned for them by the winner of our composers’ competition. And Joe’ss story proves, the finalists have a very good chance of being engaged as soloists in other concerts too.