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2019 is our 39th season

ESO 32nd Young Soloist Competition

Birley Centre, 4 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4EF

 Results of the first round

The judges were given a very difficult task in choosing between many outstanding performances. This is a concerto competition and the judges were looking for competitors who performed programmes that demonstrated their soloistic virtuosity and musicality, as well as the ability to work well with their accompanist. They also took into account the ability to perform a contrasting programme both in style and period.

The five finalists are:
Robert Burton – Saxophone
Ning Hui See – Piano
Lucilla Rose Mariotti – Violin
Imogen Royce – Flute
Joanna Twaddle - Cello

The prizes for the best performances by a competitor under the age of 18:
St Cecilia Bequest and a prize of £300 – Lucilla Rose Mariotti
Duke of Devonshire award and a prize of £250 – Berniya Hamie

We would like to express our thanks to all those who took part, many of whom travelled long distances. There were a large number of very high standard performances over the course of the two days that demonstrated your level of commitment and produced highly entertaining programmes. Although we were able to put only five through to the final, there were many other immensely promising performers who showed tremendous potential and who, we hope, we will see again another year.

Our thanks also go to all the accompanists who performed to such a high standard, and so enhanced the quality of the competition, especially to our resident accompanist Daniel King Smith who accompanied more than half the performances. 


Sunday 27 January 2–6pm 2019
Birley Centre, 4 Carlisle Road BN21 4EF

The final round (£10, on the door only, includes refreshments) has four or five competitors who present a 20-minute performance of two contrasting concerto movements. The winner plays a concerto with the ESO. 

Details of more dates for 2019 are below

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Spring (Choral) Concert 2019

Sunday 12 May 2019, 7.30pm, St Saviour’s Church, South Street BN21 4UT

Verdi Requiem 

Soprano Elizabeth Roberts

Contralto Susan Legg

Tenor Mark Le Brocq

Bass Jozik Kotz

Players rehearsals (2–5pm)

St Saviour’s Church Hall: 27 April (2-5pm), 4 May (2-5pm); hall or church: 11 May (10am-1pm); church: 12 May (2.30-5.30pm)

Singers rehearsals:

There will be two preliminary Sat workshops for singers in Feb and Mar as below.

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All Saints' Church: Sat 9 Feb (2.30-4.30pm), 2 March (2.30-4.30pm) and then some of (tbd):

Thu 4 April (7.30-9pm), Sat 6 Apr (2.30-4.30pm), Thu 11 April (7.30-9pm), Sat 13 April (2.30-4.30pm), Thu 18 April (7.30-9pm),

Thu 25 April (7.30-9pm), Thu 2 May (7.30-9pm), Thu 9 May (7.30-9pm); then St Saviour's on Sun 12 May (2.30-5.30pm)

(Easter Day: 21 April; Bank Holiday weekend: 3/4/5 May)


Summer Concert 2019

Sunday 30 June 2019, 7pm, St Saviour's Church, South Street BN21 4UT

Players rehearsals (2–5pm)

St Saviour's Church Hall: 8 Jun, 15 Jun (and AGM); St Saviour's Church: 29 Jun, 30 Jun


Autumn Concert 2019

Sunday 20 October 2019, 7pm, St Saviour’s Church, South Street BN21 4UT

St Saviour's Church Hall: 5 Oct, 12 Oct; St Saviour's Church: 19 Oct, 20 Oct

2020 is our 40th season

33rd Annual Young Soloist Competition


The first round of the ESO’s 33rd annual Young Soloist Competition is on 4 and 5 January. Some 30 competitors from music colleges around the UK and abroad present a 15-minute performance of a contrasting programme of their own choice, judged by four adjudicators. They will perform on piano, string and wind instruments. An audience is welcome to come and go as they wish between competitors. Just turn up; there is no need to reserve seats; a contribution of £5 to offset expenses (tea / coffee provided). The competition runs from 2pm until about 6.30pm each afternoon in the Birley Centre, 4 Carlisle Road BN21 4EF. The final round, on Sunday 26 January at 2pm (£10, on the door only, includes refreshments), has four or five competitors who present a 20-minute performance of two contrasting concerto movements. The winner plays a concerto with the ESO. 


Details of more events will be posted later.

This list was last updated on 16 October 2018