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

Music Festivals in Essex

See also 2012 Suffolk Music Festivals, Live Music Venues in Essex, Canivals in Essex 2012

Brass Bands, Choirs, Drama, Music Lessons, Orchestras, Music Shops, Musical Theatre, Recording Studios

Brightlingsea Music Festival Annual music festival, with classical music
main stage events and pubs gigs.
Harwich Sea Shanty Festival A weekend of sea songs
in the historic port of Harwich.
Thaxted Festival A rich programme of music
over 4 weekends in June and July.
Leigh Folk Festival Barn Dances, ceilidhs, concerts
workshops, dance sides in June.
Leigh Music Festival Annual competitions promoting the education of Music, Singing, Drama.
Trinity Festival Promoting music of our time with
chamber music concerts at Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh.
Chelmsford Competitive Festival of Music and Drama Features all ages performing standards in music and drama.
Held annually in November.
Colchester Festival Association Support festivals in Colchester
including Colchester Free Festival
Altogether Now A celebration of culture and
art in Chelmsford
Kelvedon Free Music Festival Kelvfest is a family friendly event
with bands, attractions in Kelvedon.
The Stanford Music Festival A free music festival in Stanford featuring
bands and acts from Thurrocks Got Talent competition.
Dance Crusade Dance music festival
in Orsett Showground, Essex
Rock for Havens Sake MusicFest Music festival in Rayleigh
in aid of Havens Hospice.
Big Bear Fest Essex Music Festival
formerley at Hedingham Castle.
Bures Music Festival Jazz, Blues,choral music
in the village of Bures.
Thurrock Music Festival Thurrock Music Services Infant Music Festival and
Thurrock Music Services Junior Music Festival.
Colchester Free Festival Local bands and acts
on stage in Colchester.
Southend Festival South Essex College and talented locals
present film, shows,art exhibitions, music and gigs.
Village Green Music festival in Chalkwell park
organised by Metal at Chalkwell Hall.
Loughton Youth Music Festival 6th Form Music Students from Loughton
play their A-level Music performance pieces.
Brownstock Music Festival Music festival in Chelmsford.
Rock The Boat A weekend of live local acts taking turns to rock it out on our two stages.
South East Essex Schools’ Junior Music Festival Choir and orchestra of 3000 children
from the South East of Essex.
Essex Pride Embracing equality and diversity
with live music, bands and solo artists.
Southend International Jazz Festival A weekend event with musicians
and singers from across the globe.
WoodFest Live music, camping and craft
in the heart of Hatfield Forest.
T Fest Thurrock Festival
held at Grays Beach Riverside Park.
Cosmic Puffin Music festival on Mersea Island
raising money for medical charities.
The Brentwood Beer & Music Festival A music festival in Brentwood
with camping and many different beers.
V Festival Highlands Park, Chelmsford.
Hornchurch Live Hornchurch Live is a Havering Council
event in Harrow Lodge Park.
Uproar Mega Festival Cover bands, new bands, swing and jazz bands, show tunes
at Stubbers Adventure Centre, Upminster.
Waldstack Festival Music festival raising funds
for charity in Saffron Walden.
The Big BBQ and Music Fetival American style BBQ competition
and music festival on Canvey Island.
Roman River Music Classical, jazz and folk concerts in the fantastic acoustics of atmospheric and ancient churches along Roman River Valley.
High Definition Festival Music festival held
in Ilford, Essex.

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