SEYSO is a Symphonic Orchestra for children/young adults which provides orchestral training for young musicians through a series of monthly workshops, three substantive annual courses and major public performances.

There is a large staff of specialist tutors and a team of experienced conductors. Members also benefit from the expertise of local, national and international guest directors, giving them access to an extensive range of musical genres featuring the great classics as well as modern and baroque works.

SEYSO collaborates with other youth and adult organisations, choral, dance and theatre groups, to provide a hugely broad range of musical genre and opportunities. We also work with local Cultural Development and Arts Councils to obtain discounts on other events not coordinated by ourselves.

As well as coaching in all aspects of orchestral musicianship, SEYSO offers advice on instrument care and maintenance, tuning and intonation, posture and deportment, practice techniques and careers in music.

There is a friendly and relaxed social atmosphere over a wide age range. (Over 18s can remain members as long as they are in further education.)

Our participants include an enormous age range of individuals in education from Primary to Higher Education. One of our unique attributes is the provision of orchestral training for students as young as 8 years, where the younger ones benefit from the participation of their older and more experienced role models. Across all ages, students acquire an understanding of the contribution of other individuals in the Organisation. We feel that this form of participation in a full symphony orchestra develops communication, presentation, teamwork and leadership skills, in a manner that few other groups can replicate.

Membership of SEYSO is open to orchestral instrumentalists from about grade 3.


For beginners up to about grade 3, an associated group SEYTO, meets at approximately the same times and usually on the same premises.

SEYTO shares the friendly and relaxed social atmosphere, offering beginners the opportunity to work and perform alongside SEYSO and make a natural progression up to it.

Further Details

If you need further details not on the website, please call the SEYSO message line, text or email :

Message line 1 : 01268 743069
Message line 2 : 01702 207912
Mobile : 07958 193390

Registered Charity
Number : 1057748

Concert Venues in Essex

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AcoustiCity Live Acoustic performers and songwriters
at the Hedgate Theatre Colchester.
Club Riga Hosts reggae, jazz, blues
national and international acts and local bands
Harlow Square Showcases local bands, national touring acts
jazz, rock and comedians.
The Playhouse, Harlow Information for this
busy theatre in Harlow
The Newcrawdaddy Blues Club A venue run every Thursday evening at The Belvedere,
Harding Elms Road, Crays Hill, Billericay
Brentwood Theatre A respected venue with a busy schedule of shows, plays
and musical events.
Blues at the Farm Top blues performers at
Barleylands, Billericay
Colchester Arts Centre Rock to reggae
and part of the MUJU Festival.
Chinnerys Southend bands and international acts
Battle of the bands competition.
The Retreat, Bocking "As blues venues go The Retreat is a well kept secret,
but one thats slowly leaking out"
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford Popular theatre in the
heart of the county
St Johns ARC A community arts and recreation centre
set in a secluded corner of Old Harlow.
The Mercury Theatre, Colchester Information on Colchester’s
award winning theatre.
The Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff Large venue in the
South of the county
Blackmore Folk Club Monthly singalong with instrumentalists
meets at the Rose & Crown, Writtle Green.
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch South West Essex theatre
at its best
Loughton Methodist Church High quality recital performances encouraging those
starting a musical career
The Brentwood Centre Large concert venue with a
multitude of performances
Thameside Theatre, Grays "Thurrock’s
great little theatre"
Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford Ilford’s Premier centre for the performing arts, housing many professional and amateur productions
Music at Marigolds Jazz and Blues club
held at Harlow Cricket Club