Join Essex’s top orchestra – Essex Youth Orchestra!

  • Sunday 8 September 2024, 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Price – Free

Become a member of the Essex Youth Orchestra

Young orchestral musicians of Grade 7 and above are invited to audition for the Essex Youth Orchestra.

Auditions are being held on Sunday 8 September at Chelmsford County High School.

Tony Hougham, Principal Double for the Royal Opera House, will lead a workshop where young musicians will learn how to prepare and present for auditions.

At the end of the day, players will perform to the audition panel with the aim of gaining a place in the prestigious youth orchestra.

Beverley Heard, Ensembles Officer, said:

“It is a great opportunity for any young musician to learn how to audition well, in any situation, whether that is for an orchestra audition or for entry to a Music Conservatoire.”

For further information on joining our Essex Youth Orchestra, Essex Young People’s Orchestra or any of our instrumental and also vocal music group, contact 03330138953  or email

To apply for an audition, click Book Now below



We are proud to have a number of leading and high-achieving top-level ensembles offering opportunities for young musicians in Essex including:

Essex Youth Orchestra
Essex Youth Choir
Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra
Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Essex Youth Brass Ensemble

This doesn’t happen by accident – we also run a number of starter ensembles in our community music venues as well as intermediate ensembles including our Essex Young People’s Orchestra to bring together young people together in making music with each other.

If you have a young person in your setting who would benefit from joining such an ensemble, please contact Beverley Heard, Music Ensembles Lead Officer, telephone 0333 013 8953 or email: