Tomorrow's Musicians Today

The English Schools' Orchestra and Choir, founded in 1994, exists to provide the opportunity for talented young orchestral musicians and singers, still in full time education, to meet and perform with other similarly talented young people from all over the country

Our principal activity is the annual Orchestra Course, which takes place over the October half-term. This comprises a five-day residential course during which a programme of music is rehearsed for a concert in a national venue on the final afternoon…more

President's Message

The Lord Lingfield DL
It is a great privilege for me to be President of the English Schools' Orchestra, which continues to provide young people from schools all over the country with the opportunity to play superb music and to enchant their audiences…more

What's On

2022 Course
Getting Ready for the 2021 Concert

2022 Course and Concert

After such a successful concert in 2021, we are even more ambitious for our 2022 course. The Orchestra will be the biggest yet with almost 100 performers to take on the challenge of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. We welcome Gabriele Strata as our soloist to play Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and the concert will start with Elgar's In the South Concert Overture. Read the review.…more

Latest News

Cadogan Hall, 2022 - Click here to see album.

Photos by Justin Griffiths-Williams

Our Previous Concerts and Courses

We have documented each of our annual courses to tell you more about the goings on with the ESOC and what we get up to on our courses…more


Composing Competitions

This was the third running of the English Schools' Orchestra's prestigious composing competition. Our latest competition was for musicians aged between 14-25…more



Admission is by written application and teacher recommendation. You need to be aged 13-18, Grade 8 standard or above. Please fill out an application…more

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