The English Symphony Orchestra has been running children’s orchestra courses, attracting students from around the country, for over 20 years. Orchestral discipline is matched by improvisation and sheer fun with the primary aim of helping children develop musicianship, confidence and sociability.

The varied activities on each course include full and sectional orchestral rehearsals as well as singing, group improvisation, solo “masterclasses” and games and every course concludes with a wonderful short informal concert.

Highlights from the previous year include ESO Youth Orchestra’s first residential course in nearly 15 years when a 45-strong orchestra took on Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony under the baton of Kenneth Woods. Back in May we assembled 75 of our players from all 3 of our orchestras on stage at the Rogers Theatre, Malvern, for a special “Elgar for Everyone” Family Concert as part of the 2019 Elgar Festival. We will be repeating this event in May for the 2020 Festival.

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Upcoming ESO Youth Events