At ERSO we have a long traditions of working with emerging professional musicians and have recently launched our ERSO Talent programme which links together all of our work with emerging soloists, conductors, animateurs and paid section leaders.

May 2018 will see us working with some of the most talented in the next generation of conductors in our “Behind the Baton” concert.

This project will provide a valuable development opportunity for emerging conductors to consolidate and develop their conducting skills and rehearsal technique whilst extending their knowledge of orchestral repertoire.

Conductors were nominated by the leading conservatoires and an initial selection round took place in March, where each candidate had a short rehearsal audition with ERSO.

Each of the conductors selected will conduct a part of the ERSO May 2018 concert. The concert will help to take the audience “behind the baton” to understand the conductors role and its challenges though presentation by each of the young conductors, helping them to develop the presentation skills that are essential to conductors today.

Mark Shanahan

We have engaged Mark Shanahan, a highly respected conductor, to act as a mentor for the young conductors during the project.  Mark will advise the young conductors on ways to improve their conducting technique and to work more effectively with the orchestra. Each conductor will be able to observe the all of the rehearsal sessions to learn from each other and ERSO will give each conductor feedback after rehearsals and the concert.


The “Behind the Baton” concert programme includes works that will challenge and develop our young conductors:

Rachmaninov; The Rock
Tchaikovsky; Romeo & Juliet
Gershwin; An American in Paris