The Easter Orchestra Course


The music each year is chosen by the musical directors, bearing in mind suggestions from players on last year's course. For the planned programme on the next course, please see the music page.


The course is held in Ellesmere, Shropshire, as it has been in recent years. For more information about how to get to the college, please see the travel directions page. More information about the area of Ellesmere can be found on the location page.


The next course will take place from Tuesday 29th March - Monday 4th April (Easter Sunday falls on 27th March in 2015).

If you are short of annual leave, it is worth noting that many participants leave after the open rehearsal on the last evening.

Accommodation, Food and Facilities

Accommodation includes single study-bedrooms (some en-suite rooms are available), and a limited number of double (twin) rooms for those wishing to share.

The course fee for residents included accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner for six days. For non-residents, lunches and dinners are available at extra cost (for more information, please ask Angela Pettit-Jones, our secretary, at Morning coffee and afternoon tea are provided.

Facilities on campus include plenty of rooms for chamber groups (if you want do even more playing!), a swimming pool, tennis courts, a golf course, and on-site car parking. In the evenings, we run a bar after rehearsals.

Fees for the 2016 course

There are a limited number of double rooms: for those wishing to share, please apply together and indicate on your application form that you want to share.


£484 for a single-study bedroom
£500 for a single en-suite room (limited availability)
£474 per person for a twin/multi-bedded en-suite room


£194 (includes lunch, tea & coffee; evening meals available at £12.50)


£15 (whether one-way or return), please include in final payment


Thanks to very generous support from the Yellow Car Charitable Trust, there were some student/young people’s scholarship places available free of charge for string and harp players aged 25 or under. Please see the Scholarships page for more information.

There are also a limited number of subsidised student places (at £242) for students playing other instruments. Please apply using the general application form, and attach evidence of your student status to your application.

Please send a deposit for £100; please make cheques payable to Easter Orchestral Society and enclose with your application.

If your application is successful, the deposit becomes non-refundable. If your application is unsuccessful, your cheque will be returned to you after the closing date. Please ensure your application reaches us by the end of December 2015.

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