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 programme on the last course, please see the music page.


In 2014, the course was 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 2014 course ran from Friday 11th to Thursday 17th April (the week before Easter).

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 2014 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.


£448 for a single-study bedroom
£460 for a single en-suite room (where available)
£400 per person for a twin/multi-bedded room
£428 per person for a twin/multi-bedded en-suite room


£189 (lunch/dinner are available at extra cost)


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 were also a limited number of subsidised student places (at £223) for students playing other instruments. Please apply using the general application form, and attach evidence of your student status to your application.

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  • timpanist
  • trombonist
  • bassoonists