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ERSO’s got Talent!!

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Ernest Read with young musicians at Queenswood School

ERSO was founded in 1931 by Ernest Read,  a celebrated pioneer in the development of music education and youth orchestras during the first half of the 20th century.

Our work with children and the ERSO Talent Programme are at the heart of what we do and follow directly from Ernest Read’s legacy.

The ERSO Talent Programme was created to bring together all of ERSO’s work with emerging professional musicians.  We’re so thrilled to work with talented young musicians at the start of their careers and are excited about our 2020 annual ERSO Soloist of the Year competition and ERSO emerging composers’ competition.

 

Calling young composers!

Would you like to have two of your pieces performed and recorded here by the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra?

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The Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

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Emma-Ruth Richards

And be advised by acclaimed British composer Emma-Ruth Richards?

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

To find out more about the competition go to: ERSO emerging composers’ competition: “A Fanfare for Ernest Read”

We are very grateful to the Ernest Read Trust and the RVW Trust for their generous support for this competition for emerging composers.RVWT PNG BLACK logo - SEP 2019.png

Violinists – fancy your chances?

joe 5We’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.

If you are an ambitious soloist like Joe check out our ERSO Soloist of the Year 2020.   The winner will be our June soloist AND have a solo piece commissioned for them by the winner of our composers’ competition.   To be eligible you’ll need to take part in our Feb or March concerts – see dates: https://erso.london/members/current-detailed-concert-schedule/

As Joe’s story proves, the Finalists have a very good chance of being engaged as soloists in other concerts too.  And of the 8 Finalists from 2018 and 2019 HALF of the musicians were violinists!

We can’t wait …

At ERSO we’re excited like a child before Christmas – we can’t wait to review all of the amazing submissions for our ERSO emerging composers’ competition

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!

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Is this one of your Christmas wishes?

christmas wish list template 01-page-001 (3)If the answer is yes, then good news!  Our ERSO Soloist of the Year 2020 competition could make your wish come true!

We have some spots left in upper strings and double basses for our Brahms and Debussy.

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.

Interested?  Get in touch on ersoinfo@gmail.com

Go, go, go, Joe!

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Joe rehearsing with ERSO in the 2019 final of our ERSO Soloist of the Year competition

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.ERSO Soloist of the Year 2020-page-001 (3)