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 Final Fireworks Concert of the 2018 Worcester Festival at the Swan Theatre where some of our groups will take part in a special pre-concert performance.



ESO Youth Orchestra

Monday 6th/Tuesday 7th August at Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School

A two-day workshop for young musicians Grade 7 and above where we will explore Borodin’s Second Symphony and Philip Sawyers’s tone poem The Gale of Life under the baton of ESO’s Artistic Director Kenneth Woods. Price £80 includes a hot lunch.

Beginners and Intermediate Orchestras

Beginners Orchestra (Grade 1-3, approx age 5-13): Thursday 9th/Friday 10th August

Intermediate Orchestra (Grade 4-6, approx age 9-16): Monday 13th/Tuesday 14th August

King’s School Worcester, College Green, Worcester

Our popular 2-day courses come to the magnificent setting of King’s School Worcester. The two groups will also be performing at the Swan Theatre on Monday 27th August at the final concert of the 2018 Worcester Festival.

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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