ERSO’s 90th Birthday Gala with the Camden Sinfonia

4pm, Saturday 6th March 2022

The Duke’s Hall, RAM

Conductors: Christopher Stark, Peter Stark, Howard Williams and Oliver Till

Soloist: Grady Hassan

ERSO’s 90th Birthday Gala reflects our work with children and our ERSO Talent Programme, which provides developmental opportunities for young professional musicians, as these are at the heart of what we do and follow directly from Ernest Read’s legacy.

We are delighted to be joined by talented young musicians from the Camden Sinfonia, an ensemble offered by the Camden Music Service’s busy and thriving senior Saturday Centre.  The Camden Music Service provide a huge range of high-quality opportunities for children to be involved and progress with music, running two Saturday music centres, 35 youth ensembles and holiday courses. The Camden Sinfonia  players are a big part of today’s concert and will playing alongside the ERSO musicians in four of today’s pieces.

We are also very proud to introduce a hugely talented young composer, Alex Papp, who was the winner of our competition for emerging composers.  Alex has created a  stirring overture to open the concert and a piece to showcase the tremendous talents of Grady Hassan, an amazing tuba player who won our most recent competition for young soloists.

Tickets £7.50 (£5 concessions) available directly from the Royal Academy of Music box office


Alex Papp                       Eurythmia

Mel. Bonis                      Danse Sacrée  

Lili Boulanger                D’un matin de printemps

Malcolm Arnold           Four Cornish Dances

Alex Papp                      Flashes of Light in a Hall of Mirrors, for solo tuba and orchestra

Claude Debussy            Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune

Giuseppe Verdi             Triumphal March from “Aida”, Audience participation song

William Walton            Crown Imperial March

Waterloo Festival Concert, 6.30pm on 19 June 2022, St John’s Waterloo

Papp – Birthday Fanfare

Strauss –  Alpine Symphony

Concerto – TBC (Winner of ERSO Finalist of the Year 2022)

ERSO is delighted to that our season finale will once again be part of the Waterloo Festival, an annual summer festival of arts and inspiration, held in and around St John’s Waterloo. It celebrates arts, music, ideas and new talent in a beautiful setting in the beating artistic heart of London. The evening will opening with the lively overture Eurythmia written by talented young composer Alex Papp to celebrate our 90th Birthday. We will then present the winner of our ERSO Soloist of the Year 2022 who will perform their chosen concerto. The concert will conclude with the massive Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss in 1915 which depicts the experiences from daybreak to the following nightfall spent climbing an Alpine mountain.

Tickets (£12 and £5 for children and students) are only available online from the Festival website: