The Essex Youth Orchestra (EYO) is the flagship ensemble for Essex Music Services, and celebrated its 60th year in 2017. Over the years we have seen many of its players from all over Essex go on to become professionals in the music industry, benefitting from the high standard and opportunities gained from their experience in EYO.

EYO’s resident director is Robin Browning and the orchestra play a wide range of classical styles and composers, performing at many different venues across Essex including Saffron Hall and Chelmsford Cathedral.

Players of Grade 7 standard on Woodwind, Strings, Brass and Percussion from across Essex are invited to attend an annual audition workshop where they can learn audition tips from professional musicians and perform their prepared audition piece.

Grade: Audition only, Grade 7+ standard

Date: Christmas, Easter and Summer

Time: A mix of 2 day rehearsals, 2 short residential rehearsal and a Summer Tour.  See below for the current timetable plans.

Location: Usually Woodbridge School, Suffolk and Felsted School, Essex

EYO do not attend weekly rehearsals but mostly rehearse in the school holidays with residential courses at Easter, at Christmas and in the Summer. The orchestra also go on regular European tours.

Cost: There is a cost involved in belonging to EYO as indicated below, however help is available.

  • We offer discounts to low income families. Click here for information.
  • There are up to 15 endangered species awards available each year subject to audition. Click here for information
  • For those families just above the income threshold, help is available from the Essex Young Musicians Trust . Click here for information.
  • For more details, please contact 

The current 2018-2019 EYO timetable is as follows:- 

Date & Time Event Venue Cost £
Thursday 20 Dec – Sunday, 23 Dec 2018  

Christmas Course (Residential)

Woodbridge School, Suffolk £160.00
Saturday 29 Dec 2018

Rehearsal 14.00 &  Concert 19.30

Evening Concert



Chelmsford Cathedral


Sunday, 27 January 2019

9.30am – 5.00pm

Orchestral Open Rehearsal (includes meals) Felsted School, Dunmow, Essex £25.00
Monday 8 April – Wednesday  10  April 2019 Easter Course (Residential)  

Felsted School, Dunmow, Essex



Friday 12 Apr 2019

Concert 19.30

Evening Concert & Rehearsal  

Saffron Hall

24– 29 August 2019 Tour TBC £650.00 (approx)
Saturday 31 August 2019

Concert 19.30

Evening Concert & Rehearsal Venue to be confirmed