ESO is an ambitious non-professional orchestra bringing quality concerts to the heart of Chelmsford, and it is my great pleasure to be their Music Director. Together we aim to deliver top-class performances of full-scale symphonic repertoire ranging from established classics to lesser-known pieces that deserve more exposure. Players in the orchestra are hugely committed and I’m constantly amazed by their passion and precision. ESO regularly works with top soloists and local professional musicians whose performances are exhilarating and inspirational. Each year the orchestra engages with local young people through a series of events and workshops aimed at encouraging the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Essex has a rich cultural past and, with the help of ESO and you as our audience, we hope to ensure that the future is just as bright. 

Robert Hodge, Music Director, ESO


Read about this year’s very successful Young Peoples’ Workshop Day on our OUTREACH page.

Dates of future ESO concerts for your diary:

Saturday 3rd December 2022

Saturday 4th March 2023

Saturday 17th June 2023

Programme details available soon.



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