Essex Symphony Orchestra Reg. Charity No. 1000732

Site last updated on 01 Oct 2018

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ESO in the Essex Community

The orchestra is actively involved with other local organizations in the community.  Read here how we do that.

Children’s Concert - Gallery and Article

An article about the January 2018 concert.

The Essex Symphony Orchestra is a Chelmsford based Orchestra typically performing 4 to 5 concerts each season.  Formed in 1949 we try to choose adventurous programmes and have the resources to bring to our audiences the large symphonic works of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Over the years we have been able to bring to Chelmsford some of the finest international soloists and in addition we have provided a platform for many young artists both from Essex and the national scene.

Our Supporters

The orchestra draws on the support of a number of individuals and organisations, many of them local.  We are grateful to our Friends, both Corporate and Individual, and our two Vice Presidents for their ongoing commitment and interest.  We acknowledge with gratitude the sponsorship given by the M&G Group over a number of years.  We also appreciate the excellent service given by the Essex County Library Service.


We would always welcome further support through sponsorship.  We should be delighted for any individual or group to sponsor specific items such as a soloist, piano hire, music hire or programme printing.

Essex Symphony Orchestra Wish to appoint a new Conductor From September 2019

This is an exciting opportunity for the ideal candidate to work with a well established and reputable orchestra.  This person would have relevant orchestral experience and the ability to inspire and enthuse.

Scroll down for a brief description of the orchestra and there are also links to information about our annual Children’s Concert and our involvement in the community.

You can also click here to download a spread sheet of all of our previous concerts and the works we have played.

To apply or for further details please email Fiona at

Closing Date: 2nd December 2018