OrchestraL and Brass Courses

Our courses 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 Course

Friday 12 April – Thursday 18 April 2019

Ellesmere, Shropshire

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

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Friday 19 October – Sunday 21 October 2018

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 course to every player I know, especially the younger ones, as it’s been unbelievably useful.”

EOS Scholarship Recipient

EOS on Twitter


2 months ago
Easter Orchestral Society 2018 at @ellesmerecoll was a great success. Good to welcome @Tomhammondmusic to the conducting team, and more than 30 pieces of large scale music were played through in six days including Nielsen 4, Strauss Don Juan and Rachmaninov Isle of the Dead
4 months ago
Easter Orchestra course in Ellesmere UK has places available for string and harp players, and 100% scholarships, 50% bursaries to help students with fees. Apply now at https://t.co/TBpNzSWi4o to spend a week playing Mahler, Strauss, Nielsen+more. @TrinityLaban @rncmstrings
6 months ago
A few spaces left for violins, violas and double reeds on the Easter Orchestra course 2018 https://t.co/TBpNzSWi4o - Apply now!
9 months ago
The 2018 @easterorchsoc course main works: R Strauss: Don Juan; Rachmaninov: Isle of the Dead; Nielsen Symphony No. 4. @MakingMusic_UK
1 year ago
Congratulations to Mike Thorne as our new Musical Director and to Tom Hammond on becoming Assistant Conductor for 2018
1 year ago
What a fantastic week of playing, Panufnik, Rachmaninov thank you to everyone who took part. Watch this space for breaking news.


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

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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