Essex Youth Orchestra and Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra raised the roof at their homecoming concert after their recent tour of Germany.

In late August the young musicians toured the Harz region of Germany and performed a series of concerts to packed and enthusiastic audiences.  On Saturday 31 August the orchestras gave their homecoming concert to a full house in Chelmsford’s Christ Church United Reformed Church.

The accolades have been flooding in ….

Parent of ClarinettistThank you so much for the EYO tour, our daughter had a great time. It is such a fabulous experience for the musicians. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert at Christchurch, the standard of the orchestra is so high!

Please could you let me know the dates for next year, so that we can make sure that we are available for as much as possible.”.

 Parent of a French Horn player Just wanted to thank you for the recent tour in Germany and the fantastic concert last night. Our son had a wonderful time and made new friends. I realise how much work and effort goes into organising these tours. Our son came back full of enthusiasm and looking forward to the next get-together.  Please express our thanks to all your colleagues.”

Council Giancarolo Guglielmi “The quality, professionalism, and the level of those incredible young musicians was beyond belief…… You could feel just how much they were in tune with each other, just how much they loved playing music, and just how much confidence they all had.

We are very lucky to have such young talent in Essex, and even more fortunate to have an equally great group of people behind the scenes that makes it all possible; and in finishing a big thank you has therefore got to be given to yourself and all your team.”

Councillor Mark FL DurhamLast evening, along with The Vice Chairman, Cllr. Mackrory & Gugliemi I were privileged to attend a concert by The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Essex Youth Orchestra in Chelmsford. 

All were absolutely astounded by the standard of music and the performances of both groups. Having returned from a tour of Germany, flying the flag for Essex, they performed a variety of Jazz standards and classical pieces to a full house.

All these musicians are scholars at Essex schools aged between 13 & 18 years old. Some are leaving this year to study music at several universities, including Oxford.

These youngsters are an absolute credit to our schools and to Essex Music Services, without whose support they would not be able to achieve such levels of proficiency.

Young people can attract poor press, with the news frequently featuring crime and gang violence almost weekly. The youngsters we saw last evening are a total contrast and it shows how we as an authority play a very important part in the lives of the majority of children in our county.

Essex Music Services need to be highly commended for their excellent work. Once again, Essex showing the rest of the country how it should be done!”

Beverly Heard, Music Ensembles Lead Officer “Being part of our music groups is not only musically enriching but builds life skills including leadership skills and working as team.  By touring as part of an orchestra in another country the young people build enduring friendships and learn immense amounts about other cultures which help form the foundations of their adult lives.  This tour, particularly, has demonstrated how supportive the young people are of each other both musically and emotionally leading to fantastic musical outcomes.”


Essex Youth Orchestra, directed by its resident conductor, Robin Browning, performed Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Ballet Suite, Smetana’s Vltava, Marquez’s Danzon No 2 and Saint-Saens’ Bacchanale from Samson et Delilah.

Essex Youth Orchestra is the flagship music group and regularly sees many of its players become professionals in the music industry, benefitting from the high standard and opportunities gained from their experience in EYO.

Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by its resident conductor Martin Hathaway, played pieces from the swing era by Glenn Miller and Ella Fitzgerald alongside music from the 70s British jazz scene.

Essex Youth Jazz Sextet has recently performed at the Music for Youth Regional Festival held at the Southbank Centre, London and also the Essex Teaching Awards held at Chelmsford’s Hylands House


Essex Music Services has a wide range of County Music groups offering opportunities to those already learning an instrument, to enhance skills, meet other like-minded musicians and have the chance to perform.  They run groups for all levels of ability within Community Music Centres. Further info about all our groups and centres

Find out here about our County Music Groups and the help available for low income families with music lessons and courses, please telephone Jenni Thomson on (0333 0139362 or 07786 125700) or email her on  jenni.thomson@essex.gov.uk