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.
As before we are allocating places on a first-come, first-served basis. Further details on available places are in the course leaflet which you can download via the link below. We ask that you register your interest with us as soon as possible by emailing us at with your name, date of birth, instrument and choice of residential or non-residential option. Flute players should also state whether they are able to play piccolo.
There is a lot of competition for some sections so we would advise you to respond as soon as you can!
After our closing date of Friday 5th July we will allocate places and take a minimum deposit of £100 to secure the place. 
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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