Celebrating 25 Years - 2019 Course and Concert

3 November 2019 - Cadogan Hall, London

Final Rehearsal Before the Concert at Cadogan Hall in 2017 Final Rehearsal Before the Concert at Cadogan Hall in 2017

This year, the English Schools' Orchestra is 25 Years old and is looking to celebrate in style.

The highlight of our 25th year is the annual Orchestra Course, which takes place over the October half-term. This comprises a five-day residential course during which an exciting programme of music will be rehearsed for a concert on the final afternoon. Recent venues have included Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the Barbican and the South Bank Centre in London.

This year's concert will be held at London's Cadogan Hall on Sunday 3rd November 2019. The course will be held during the half-term week, Wednesday 30th October to Sunday 3rd November at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree.

Please note that the course will be held during the Hertfordshire Schools' half term. For students attending from outside of the Hertfordshire area, the course may not coincide with their schools' half term. If students would like to attend the course, we will be very happy to assist them by contacting schools to help obtain permission to attend.

During the week, students are provided with regular refreshments, a full cooked lunch and high tea. Residential students stay at the well equipped Lincolnsfield Centre nearby and benefit from a cooked dinner and a wide range of organised evening activities.

Our Anniversary programme will begin with Elgar's popular Cockaigne Overture and then feature soloist Isata Kanneh-Mason playing Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto and the Orchestra taking on the challenging 2nd Symphony by Rachmaninoff.

Isata Kanneh-Mason is the eldest child in what Simon Cowell described as "The Most Talented Family in the World" in their recent performances on Britain's Got Talent. Isata is currently studying as a Postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. She was a Piano section finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and is a winner of numerous prizes and she is due to record the Schumann Concerto with Decca to be released later this year. Clara Schumann began to compose her piano concerto at the age of 13 - the age of our youngest student.

Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony was written in 1906-07 and was first premiered in 1908. Alongside his Piano Concertos, this symphony remains one of the composer's best known compositions. Listeners may recognise parts of the 2nd Movement of the Symphony which was used in the 2014 Academy Award Winning film Birdman.

Full Programme
  • Edward Elgar - Cockaigne Overture
  • Clara Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor with soloist Isata Kanneh-Mason
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff - Symphony No.2 in E minor

Fees for the 2019 course: Course + Residential £ 350.00, Course only £ 180.00. Fees are payable on acceptance to the course.

If you are interested in applying for this course go to the how to apply page.