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

The orchestra in 2019 is going to be one of the biggest yet. There are still a few vacancies for violins and violas. All other sections are now full. 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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Friday 25 – Sunday 27 October 2019

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.”

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1 month ago
Easter Orchestra is at Ellesmere 12-18th April. We have a couple of spare places for violin & viola only. So if you would like to join the fun, and be part of one of the largest orchestras we've ever had on the course, please go to https://t.co/W1iwGlqKYK for more info.
2 months ago
Bored of Christmas festivities? Want to start planning for 2019? Why not apply for Easter Orchestra 2019? We're still looking for one trombonist, and can accept a few more applications from violin, viola and cello players. Apply at https://t.co/W1iwGlqKYK
3 months ago
A few spaces still available on Easter Orchestra 2019 at Ellesmere College for violin, viola and cello for any keen string players who'd like to join us 12-19th April 2019! Apply at https://t.co/quo1ybihsh https://t.co/iAwUoUXoWk easterorchsoc photo
3 months ago
Easter Orchestra 2019 is set to have the widest geographic range of participants we've ever had: applications include players from four countries outside the UK! And with Richard #Strauss, #Janacek, #Panufnik and Arvo #Part amongst the study pieces, this is hardly surprising.
4 months 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.
4 months 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!


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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