Three weeks and counting….

We just can’t wait until May 12th when we will get the chance to work with our Fab Four Finalists on their chosen concerti.  It should be a lovely afternoon of music and all-comers are welcome.  Do join us!

The winner will get get the opportunity be the soloist in our 2018/19 season Grand Finale concert which is part of the prestigious Waterloo Festival.  How WILL we decide between these wonderful players…….??

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Blissful

joe chu yu yang squareAt ERSO we are very excited to work with Finalist Joe in our ERSO Soloist of the Year Final on May 12, not only because he is an amazing player but also because it will be such a treat to work on his chosen concerto – the relatively unknown Bliss Violin Concerto.

Bliss always said that his concertos were inspired by the personalities of soloists and this was no exception as it was written for Alfredo Campoli (1906 – 1991) who was an Italian-born British violinist, noted for the beauty of the tone he produced from the violin.

Check it out on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apagJNE7nHQ

The Final with our own Fab Four

We just can’t wait until May 12th when we will get the chance to work with our Fab Four Finalists on their chosen concerti.  It should be a lovely afternoon of music and all-comers are welcome.

The winner will be given the chance to be our soloist in our 2018/19 season Grand Finale concert which is part of the prestigious Waterloo Festival.  How WILL we decide between these wonderful players…….

final poster ERSO SOLOIST OF THE YEAR-page-001

Meet the Finalists – enter Emily!

emily dore new picWhat is your main occupation at the moment?

I am a second year, scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music, specialising in bassoon and contra bassoon.

What made you choose to play your instrument and how old were you when you started?

I played piano and saxophone in a jazz ensemble and wind orchestra respectively but I wanted to try playing in a full size classical orchestra. The head of my local music service suggested I try learning bassoon. I was 15 at the time.

What made you choose the concerto that your will be playing?

I love the variety of characters and the humour Mozart incorporates into this concerto! It gives a performer so much scope to play! Additionally, out of all the solo bassoon repertoire, the second movement is one of the pieces I most enjoy playing! The opportunity to perform it with an orchestra really excites me!

What do you feel you would gain from the experience of winning this competition and playing your concerto with ERSO and Chris Stark?

As a bassoonist and contrabassoonist, the role I play in an orchestral sound is often a supporting one. However the bassoon has so much to offer in terms of character and colour as a solo instrument! I think winning this competition and playing the concerto with ERSO would be a fantastic opportunity for me to develop as an individual artist. Performing this piece would allow me to communicate something more uniquely personal.

Meet the Finalists -hello to Joe!

joe chu yu yang squareWe caught up with the Joe who will be playing the little known Bliss Violin Concerto in our ERSO Soloist of the Year Final on May 12.

What is your main occupation at the moment?

I am currently a 1st year MA student studying at RAM.

What made you choose to play your instrument and how old were you when you started?

I started playing the violin at the age of 6. My mom gave me choices of violin and piano, I don’t remember particularly why I chose violin back then. My parents just wanted me to play music as a hobby. However, the more I learn to play the violin, the more I find myself loving this instrument. At the age of 16 I finally persuaded my parents to let me study music professionally.

What made you choose the concerto that your will be playing?

I started to find the beauty of English music around 2 years ago. Around half a year ago I was just browsing on Spotify and accidentally clicked on a recording of the Arthur Bliss Violin Concerto played by Alfredo Campoli. I was stunned by this music and thought I would definitely want to perform it one day. I started to do more research about this piece and realised that not much people actually know about it. There are only a few recordings available as well. I could only find 4 recordings online. It is a shame that not many people know about this this wonderful music. I believe it deserves to be heard as much as those standard concerti. I have heard of an interesting story recently that the legend violinist David Oistrakh came to sit in every single rehearsal when Arthur Bliss and Alfredo Campoli performed this concerto in Russia. He loved the concerto so much and said he would love to perform it one day. Unfortunately it did not happen in the end.

What do you feel you would gain from the experience of winning this competition and playing your concerto with ERSO and Chris Stark?

I would like to be a performer in the future, and having this chance to perform this concerto as a whole with this wonderful orchestra definitely would be a very great experience for me. It is also a great platform to perform and let more people hear my playing, which will definitely help with my future career.

Meet the Finalists part 2 – hello Bella!

bella flemingWe caught up with Finalist Bella who will be playing the Mozart 2nd Violin Concerto.

What is your main occupation at the moment?

I am currently in the first year of Masters at Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the LSO Orchestral Artistry course.

What made you choose to play your instrument and how old were you when you started?

I sang and learnt piano with my mum from an early age. I was lucky to have the opportunity to start violin aged seven at primary school through Redbridge Music Service.

What made you choose the concerto that your will be playing?

My admiration for Mozart has increased through performing in his operas. I chose the second violin concerto because I enjoy its shifting moods from playful in the first movement; through consolation in the second, finishing with a joyful dance in the third.

What do you feel you would gain from the experience of winning this competition and playing your concerto with ERSO and Chris Stark?

It would be a wonderful opportunity to perform this less frequently heard concerto in its entirety with the ERSO and Chris Stark.

Meet the Finalists – Hello to Henry!

henry hargreaves small squareToday we introduce the first of our “Fab Four” finalists in the ERSO Soloist of the Year competition – ERSO’s Principal Cellist Henry Hargreaves

Henry will be playing the Schumann Cello Concerto in the Final on 12th May and we caught up with him for a quick chat:

What is your main occupation at the moment?

I am a 4th year undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, tutor at Youth Music Centre and principal cello with the amazing Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra!

What made you choose to play your instrument and how old were you when you started?

I was 6 when I started learning. My mum signed me up for cello lessons at my primary school as there were not many people playing the cello in the school at the time. I’m really lucky she did it- I wouldn’t be where I am today if she hadn’t signed me up and if the opportunity to learn the cello hadn’t been available at my primary school.

What made you choose the concerto that your will be playing?

I chose the Schumann as it is the piece that really made me want to pursue cello playing. I love all the different emotions that the piece embraces, and the incredible journey it takes the listener on.

What do you feel you would gain from the experience of winning this competition and playing your concerto with ERSO and Chris Stark?

The opportunity to make great music with brilliant friends at the Ernest Read Orchestra- nothing can beat that!