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.



Beginners and Intermediate Orchestras

  • AUTUMN 2018: Saturday 27th/Sunday 28th October (Beginners), Monday 29th/Tuesday 30th October (Intermediates)
  • SPRING 2019: Thursday 21st/Friday 22nd February (Beginners), Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th February (Intermediates)
  • SUMMER 2019: Saturday 25th/Sunday 26th May (Beginners), Tuesday 28th/Wednesday 29th May (Intermediates)

Our ever-popular 2-day children’s orchestra courses return to the idyllic setting of The Downs Malvern. Beginners Orchestra is suitable for pre-Grade 1 to Grade 3, approx age 5+, Intermediate Orchestra is for Grade 4-6, age 8+. For more information download the course leaflet and application form below.

Advanced String Orchestra Workshop

Wednesday October 31st 2018

Henry Sandon Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Worcester

Join our Leader Zoë Beyers and other ESO members for a one-day exploration of well-loved string orchestra repertoire. Suitable for players Grade 7 and above, up to age 19.

Advanced Woodwind and Brass Chamber Music Workshop

Wednesday October 31st 2018

Elgar School of Music, Worcester

An intensive one-day course for woodwind and brass players Grade 7 and above aged up to 19. Groups will be formed to work on chamber music repertoire with guidance from ESO players. Applications are welcome from pre-formed groups as well as individuals. Places strictly limited.

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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