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. Children's concerts and providing developmental opportunities for young talent are at the heart of what we do and follow 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.
In Spring 2021 we will be hosting a 90th Birthday Gala concert at the prestigious Dukes Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. Alongside playing iconic repertoire, we will be joined by young singers and orchestral musicians from Camden, and you will have the chance to hear the world premiere of two pieces to mark this milestone, written by an exciting composer - a special Birthday Fanfare and a new solo commission featuring the winner of our 2020 ERSO Soloist of the Year competition.
Musicians, friends and families - please join us in supporting one of London's oldest and leading amateur orchestras and help us to make ERSO's 90th birthday season truly special!
100 miles! Support our cyclists
We will be launching a number of fundraising activities over the coming year to help us reach our birthday target. First, to get the wheels rolling, we have our intrepid cycle team taking on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4 August, 2019.
Our conductor Chris, oboist Dan, trumpeter Jonathan and keen supporter John are training hard for the gruelling 100-mile route from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through the City and out to Surrey. The challenge includes testing ascents of both Leith Hill and Box Hill before a return to London and a finish on the Mall.
This race is not for the faint hearted, so please support our cyclists by kick-starting our birthday fundraising. Any donation, of any size, would mean a great deal to the cyclists, orchestra and our musical outreach activities.
More about ERSO and our fundraising
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 this landmark season, we are aiming to raise an extra £5,000 towards venue, music and concert costs .
Want to know more about Ernest Read and ERSO? Go to https://erso.london/about/