Essex Symphony Orchestra Reg. Charity No. 1000732

Site last updated on 08 September 2019

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 On Sunday 17th March 2019 we held our annual outreach event. In the past few years this has taken the form of a concert for primary or secondary schools to introduce them to the wonderful instruments of the orchestra.

However, this year we held our first Young People’s Orchestral Workshop. We invited young instrumentalists  from all the primary and secondary schools in Chelmsford and the surrounding area to come and join us at St John Payne School, playing  alongside our members to rehearse and perform some fantastic music. 80 youngsters participated.In the morning we played ‘Russian Dance’ and ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ and in the afternoon, with a group of more experienced youngsters, we played ‘Hoe-Down’ from Copland’s ‘Rodeo’. The young people played from the adapted parts provided on the BBC’s website, ‘Ten Pieces’ and the adults played the conventional parts. It sounded wonderful!


 The children appeared to love the experience, as did many of their parents who observed from around the hall:

“…thoroughly loved the day and enjoyed meeting new people as well as playing in such a large group. I was fascinated by how the music was broken down.”

“…very inspiring as she played &practised for most of the afternoon when we got home!!”

“…thoroughly enjoyed her experience and would love to do it again”

“…learnt to listen, to play together and had enormous fun.”

“…he really benefited from the session yesterday and learnt a lot.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening too.”

And we loved it too! Many thanks to our generous sponsors, M&G, for making the event possible.