OrchestraL and Brass playing opportunities

Our two exciting programmes are aimed at keen adult amateur musicians and budding professionals. We tackle a very wide range of challenging repertoire in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. Come and play pieces you’ve always wanted to try!

Easter orchestra week

Friday 12 April – Thursday 18 April 2019

Ellesmere, Shropshire

Places are filling up quickly for 2019, but there’s still time to apply! There are currently vacancies for violin, viola, cello, trombone, and harp. Scholarship places have now all been allocated. 

An opportunity to tackle exciting repertoire that most amateurs don’t usually get a chance to play. The week is suitable for experienced orchestral players with excellent sight reading skills. Scholarship places, which waive all subscriptions, are available to young string and harp players and there are some subsided places for full-time students.

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2019 dates  to be confirmed

Oswestry, Shropshire

A fun weekend for brass players, playing in different-sized ensembles and making good music with like-minded people.

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“Last week was absolutely fantastic. The people were incredible, the repertoire was superb (especially the afternoons, tackling those big long symphonies), and the location was perfect. I’m going to recommend the week to every player I know, especially the younger ones, as it’s been unbelievably useful.”

EOS Scholarship Recipient

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2 weeks ago
As of the end of November, Easter Orchestra 2019 is looking like it will be the biggest for some years. We can still squeeze in a couple more violins, and have one trombone place to fill. There is also a student scholarship available for a harpist, which covers 100% of the fees.
1 month ago
With another five string players' applications accepted this week for Easter Orchestra 12-19 April 2019 at Ellesmere College, we are shaping up to have a great sound. Apply now at https://t.co/quo1ybihsh to join us in 2019 for Strauss, Panufnik, Janacek, Arvo Part & more!
2 months ago
Free scholarship for a week of orchestral playing and sightreading for a student harpist. See https://t.co/quo1ybihsh for more details @ukharp
2 months ago
Student scholarships (100% of fees) and bursaries (50%) still available for eligible string players, and a full harp scholarship available.
2 months ago
At the end of September we already have nearly sixty players signed up for Easter Orchestra 2019. Still time to apply: there are still vacancies for violin, viola, cello, one oboe, a trombone and a tuba. Apply now at https://t.co/quo1ybihsh


The Easter Orchestra Society (EOS) has been running orchestral weeks in the UK since 1977.  We run two programmes each year: the Easter Orchestra Week and the Brass Weekend.

Our Musical Director is Mike Thorne. Tom Hammond is our Assistant Musical Director. The orchestra is led by Margaret Holter. The Brass Musical Director is Shaun Matthew.

EOS is a registered charity, no. 1153970.

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