Essex Young People’s Orchestra is a Symphony Orchestra containing strings, woodwind, brass, harp and percussion players of Grade 5 – 8 standard.

The Essex Young People’s Orchestra is the feeder orchestra to our flagship group, the Essex Youth Orchestra. This music group aims to develop the skills necessary to become an experienced orchestral player. Conducted by Matt Andrews, Head of Strings at Royal College of Music, EYPO come together to rehearse with two residential courses a year, one at Easter and one at Christmas and either a residential course or a tour in the summer term.

The orchestra play a wide range of classical styles and composers, and perform at many different venues across Essex including Chelmsford Cathedral.

Players of Grade 5 standard are selected by audition from Essex schools and colleges, and participate in a schedule of residential and non- residential courses, and concerts.

Grade: 5+

Date: Christmas, Easter and Summer

Time: 3-4 day residential courses at Christmas, Easter and Summer

Location: Usually New Hall School and Felsted School, Essex and Royal Hospital School, Ipswich

This orchestra runs as short courses in central locations of Essex during the main school holidays followed by concerts.  Entry is by audition at the start of the academic year. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to apply at any time of year, please click here

For more details, please contact

Jenni Thomson, Ensembles Co-ordinator, Telephone: 0333 0139362 |  Mobile: 07786 125700|

Email: jenni.thomson@essex.gov.uk