We will be allowed to return to live rehearsals after May 17th, and we plan to start on Saturday May 22nd with the same social distancing procures in place as we had last autumn.  As we wanted to fit in a short string sectional prior to the rehearsals starting, we have agreed that this will take place on Zoom on Sunday May 16th.

Our June 20th concert will take place as part of the Waterloo Festival, with limits on audience capacity and social distancing rules in place.  We’ve decided to make the concert shorter so that we do not need an interval as this helps to avoid mingling of household groups.  We will also host a short Open Event the week before the concert.  It will be a free event open to the local community and Chris will talk about Beethoven 8 and what makes it so special, using well chosen musical examples.

For the meantime, the school are not able to accommodate any bookings from groups on Sundays and so we have been offered Saturday afternoon rehearsals instead.   We plan to get back to Sunday rehearsals as soon as the school allow this to happen.

Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra

2021 Waterloo Festival concert  – 6.30pm on 20 June 2021

Conductor: Chris Stark

Soloist: Grady Hassan, winner of 2021 ERSO Soloist of the Year

All rehearsals are at Camden School for Girls except for concert day which is at St Johns Waterloo.

Concert dress is all black. 

We will be following the same risk management processes as we did before Xmas: Risk management at ERSOThese processes are for the protection of all of our members and their families and should help to minimise risks – it is essential that all players read and follow these procedures.

What to bring:

  • Each player must bring their own stand and pencil – sharing will not be possible.
  • Your own music – links will be provided. We will send copies to anyone who has not got access to a printer).
  • Face covering/mask
  • Completed Covid-19 pre-rehearsal questionnaire either on paper or electronic version
  • Own refreshments
  • Wind and brass: a means of safely disposing of condensation or spit from the instrument (a sealable plastic bag or container with kitchen paper or similar).


Beethoven Symphony no 8:  2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings

Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto – 2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, snare drum, cymbals, triangle, bass drum, strings

Strings required

Rehearsals (all Saturday pm at Camden School for Girls other than June 13th and concert day)

16 May            Zoom String sectional 2 – 3pm


Meeting ID: 833 2769 3785, Passcode: 170137


22 May            2-5pm              Beethoven (tutti)

29 May            2-5pm

2 – 4pm           Beethoven  (tutti)

                        4 – 5pm           Vaughan Williams (tutti including trombones)

5 June              2-5pm

                        2 – 4pm           Beethoven

                        4 – 5pm           Vaughan Williams (trombones not called)

12 June            2 – 3                 Beethoven (2nd oboe and 2nd bassoon not called)

3 – 5pm            Vaughan Williams with Soloist (tutti including trombones)

13 June            2-5pm.             Beethoven 8 Open Event at St John’s Waterloo

                        2 – 3pm           Open Event

                        3.30 – 5pm      Beethoven rehearsal (tutti)

20 June            2.30–5.30pm, concert 6.30pm

                        2.30 – 3.45      Vaughan Williams

                        4 – 5.30           Beethoven