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 this year was the Final Fireworks Concert of the 2018 Worcester Festival at the Swan Theatre, where some of our groups took part in a special pre-concert performance.




We are delighted to announce we are now taking applications for our ESO Youth Orchestra Summer Course to be held on 21-23 August 2019 at Bromsgrove School. The repertoire for the course will be Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and we will once again be conducted by ESO Artistic Director Kenneth Woods.We are equally excited to announce that this year’s course will be 3 days and will include a 2-night residential option at the school.


All meals are provided and all participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the school’s first-class sports facilities during leisure time.
The cost of the course will be £275 (residential)/£175 (non residential).
We are able to offer bursaries of up to 50% on the non-residential portion only, for those who require assistance. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
We have a few places left to fill for this exciting opportunity! Please email  us at with your name, date of birth, instrument and choice of residential or non-residential option. At present we still have space for:
1 Oboe
1 Trumpet, 1 Tenor Trombone
Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses.
We could also accommodate additional woodwind players if enough interest. 



We are pleased to be returning to King’s School, Worcester to hold our Beginners and Intermediate Orchestras during the summer holiday. The Beginners Orchestra (suitable for approx. Grade 1-3, age 5-13) will take place on Monday 12th-Tuesday 13th August and the Intermediate Orchestra (Grade 4-6, age 9-16) will be on Wednesday 14th/Thursday 15th August. The courses run from 9:30am-4pm each day and each course finishes with a short informal concert. Applications are now open – please download the course leaflet and application form below.
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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