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.

A highlight of the forthcoming year is the “Run for the Hills” event at Malvern Three Counties Showground where our Intermediate Orchestra will perform a specially-commissioned piece from ESO John McCabe Composer-in-Residence Philip Sawyers.


Beginners Orchestra – approx. Grade 1-3 standard
Intermediate Orchestra – approx. Grade 4-7 standard

2017 Autumn Half Term
21/22 October Beginners Orchestra
28/29 October Intermediate Orchestra

2018 Spring Half Term
10/11 February Beginners Orchestra
17/18 February Intermediate Orchestra

Summer Half Term
26/27 May Beginners Orchestra

Further events will be announced throughout the year – to receive the latest updates please email us at or follow us on Facebook ( or Twitter (@youthESO)

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