Celebrating 90 years of music making - support ERSO's 90th Birthday Season
The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) was founded in in 1931 by Ernest Read, a renowned pioneer in musical education. ERSO has a long tradition of working with children and providing opportunities for young professional musicians at the start of their careers., following directly from Ernest Read's legacy. Our 2020/21 season marks the orchestra's 90th birthday and we have big plans to celebrate the orchestra's incredible history and Ernest Read's massive contribution to music education.
On February 28th 2021 we will be hosting a 90th Birthday Gala concert at the prestigious Dukes Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. We'll be joined by young singers and orchestral musicians from Camden. We'll also premiere two new pieces by the winner of our young composers competition, one of which will feature the winner of our 2020 ERSO Soloist of the Year competition - massive opportunities which will be a huge boost to their CVs .
The registered charity Music Illuminated manages the running of the orchestra and is staffed by a team of volunteer players. Each season we fundraise through trusts and foundations to enable the orchestra to deliver our children's concerts and Talent Programme. We are also privileged to be financially supported by the Ernest Read Trust.
However, to deliver the extra activities we have planned in our birthday season, we are aiming to raise a further £5,000 towards venue, music and concert costs. In August 2019, our conductor Chris, oboist Dan, trumpeter Jonathan and keen supporter John, raised over £3,000 of this target through taking on the challenge of the gruelling 100-mile Prudential Ride London.
Want to know more about Ernest Read and ERSO? Go to https://erso.london/about/
Support Team Cello and help us to reach £5,000!
Led by our Principal Cello, Henry, the ERSO cello section will be hosting their own gig in support of ERSOs 90th birthday season. ERSOs 10 Cellos - aka Henry, Kat, Angelica, Tania, Dan, Sarah, Matt, Rachael, Ed & Stevie - invite you to join them on Wednesday 15 April for a fun evening of performances of music by Elgar, Popper, Haydn, Bach, Fitzenhagen and Warlock.
Tickets sales from the gig and donations to our JustGiving page will help raise the funds needed to support our flagship anniversary childrens concert.
Any donation, of any size, would mean a lot to the ERSO Cellos, the orchestra and ultimately the young musicians that your donations will enable us to create the musical experiences for. Help us reach our target and donate today.