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Which concerto would you play?

Would you like the chance to play a concerto with ERSO under the baton of the eminent Peter Stark?

Then the ERSO Musician 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.

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Peter Stark

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.

 

 

Calling all experienced string players!

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.

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Peter Stark, Conductor Emeritus, 

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.

Join us! If you are a grade 8+ player and interested, please contact us on ersoinfo@gmail.com.

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ERSO Talent programme

 

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Rehearsing with Dinara Klinton in May 2017.  

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.

 

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Barbara Mohorko, our principal cellist, and section

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.

Conductor announced for March ’18 Family Concert

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Tom Hammond and ERSO, May 2017

ERSO are delighted to announce that Tom Hammond will be our conductor for the next Family Concert in Camden.  We recently worked with Tom in a wonderful Nordic themed concert and we are very excited to work with him again.  We will be joined by the talented young children from The Camden Music Service’s Camden Sinfonia in a family-friendly concert which will includes pieces from the BBC’s educational 10 Pieces project.

We’ll announce the concert theme and programme soon – its sure to be a fantastic concert!

Join us on 18th March at the lovely church of St Mary’s at Primrose Hill!

 

ERSO October Concert & concerto competition eligibility

On 8 October, the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, one of London’s leading and longest established amateur orchestras, will be presenting a wonderful evening of Romantic music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov under the baton of Samuel Burstin, the accomplished violist and conductor.

If you are grade 8+ standard and are interested in taking part in this concert, please contact ersoinfo@gmail.com. You can also find us on the ERSO facebook page.  We are always keen to hear from string players across all sections and would be particularly pleased to hear from trumpet and trombone players interested in joining the orchestra.

Players who take part in this concert are also eligible to apply for our ERSO Soloist of the Year competition (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).

Auditions will take place in November and candidates will be asked to perform part of one movement of their chosen concerto, accompanied by piano, and will be judged by a panel of ERSO Committee members plus the conductor Chris Stark.

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Peter Stark

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.

Season end & exciting plans for 2017/18

A Nordic farewell to 2016/17 season

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Tom Hammond

Last night ERSO presented a wonderful Nordic themed concert with Tom Hammond. The rafters of St John’s Church, Waterloo, rang out with the stirring 5th Symphony by Sibelius.  The concert opened with the chance to hear the relatively rarely performed Overture and Dance of the Cockerels from Nielsen’s opera Maskerade and the first half ended with a polished performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto by the exciting, award-winning young soloist Dinara Klinton who is kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme

Romantic October concert with Samuel Burstin

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The new season will kick off with a romantic programme on 8 October conducted by Samuel Burstin.    We will perform Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto No. 3 with Ana Sinkovec and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6.

 

 

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Chris Stark

Childrens Concerts – The Universe of the Imagination

In November we will hold our annual Children’s Concerts in Kew and Camden, working with Kew Green Preparatory School and the Camden Music Service and conducted by Chris Stark.  The programme will be themed around The Universe of the Imagination and the programme will include Ives’ The Unanswered question, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Milhaud’s Le boeuf sur le toit.  We will be joined by young performers who will sing and play with ERSO.

ERSO Musician of the Year – Concerto Competition

During November we will also be holding auditions for the ERSO Musician of the Year 2018.  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).  Candidates will be asked to perform part of one movement of their chosen concerto at the auditions, which will be accompanied by piano and judged by a panel of ERSO Committee members plus Chris Stark.

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Peter Stark

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.

 

 

Behind the Baton – competition for emerging conductors

In March we will hold a Family Concert and the season will conclude with an exciting new concert “Behind the Baton” in which we will showcase emerging young conductors who have been selected as part of our Conductors Competition which will provide a valuable development opportunity to emerging conductors to consolidate and develop conducting skills and rehearsal techniques while extending their knowledge of orchestral repertoire.  The concert will also allow us to illuminate the role of the conductor to the concert audience.