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English Schools' Orchestra annual course (25 to 29 October)

English Schools' Orchestra annual course (25 to 29 October)

The highlight of the English Schools' Orchestra year is the Orchestra Course, which takes place over the October half-term. This comprises a one-week residential course during which a programme of music is rehearsed for a concert in a national venue on the final afternoon. Recent venues have included Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the Barbican and Cadogan Hall in London.

This year's concert will once again be held at Cadogan Hall in London on Sunday 29 October 2017. The course will be held during the half-term week, Wednesday 25 October to Sunday 29 October at Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar.

What can students expect during the week?

During the week, students are provided with regular refreshments, a full cooked lunch and high tea. Residential students stay at the well equipped Lincolnsfield Centre nearby and benefit from a cooked dinner and a wide range of organised evening activities.

This year's exciting programme begins with Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture. The Orchestra are then delighted to be joined by 11-year-old Paloma So to perform Saint Saëns's 3rd Violin Concerto. Paloma recently performed with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Maxim Vengerov's celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The Orchestra will also perform Sibelius's Symphony No.2, described by Sibelius as "a confession of the soul", and a solo item performed by Paloma So.

Full programme

  • Hector Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
  • Camille Saint Saëns - Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor
  • Solo Violin - Paloma So
  • Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 2 in D

How to apply

For more information and to apply visit the English Schools' Orchestra website.