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 Shops in Essex

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Black Diamond Accordions Sell accordians at a quarter of the price of
an Italian piano accordion in West Mersea.
Bill Lewington The Specialising in brass, woodwind and guitars
with own repair workshop.
Axe Music Specialising in new and secondhand guitars, amplifiers,
effects and recording equipment in Colchester
Mann’s Music The oldest music shop in Great Britain under the same ownership. Over 150 yrs experience of selling musical instruments
GigGear Music superstore in Harlow
selling gig gear.
Creative Tools Ltd An independant music retailer run on
an appointment basis near Braintree, Essex.
Legra Guitars Custom handmade guitars
built and repaired to your specification.
Guru Soundz, Barking Sells Indian musical instruments, music books, CDs, DVDs
Indian string instruments,and Indian flutes.
Music Warehouse Two music shops in Colchester
taken over Stage One Music.
Allegro Music Musical instruments sales and servicing
shops in Colchester,Chelmsford and Westcliff
Strings Direct Guitar specialists in Rochford
strings and other accessories,
Tones Music Store Guitars, amps, effects, drums
based in Harlow
Trevor Durrant Guitars One of the largest selections of pro-end gear
for the modern guitarist and bass player.
Zings Music, Maldon Supplies keyboards, pianos, electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, brass
and woodwind as well as percussion musical instruments.
Musicland Musical chain with showrooms in Romford
and Southend
Cliff Owen Music Music shop in Seven Kings
instrument, pa and amplifier repair.
Skins and Strings Guitars and Drums and accesories
in Clacton on Sea
Danbury Pianos Piano shop in Danbury
and piano lessons.
Colchester Strings A musical instrument repairs and servicing
business near Colchester, in Essex.
Sandarac Ltd Specialise in high quality, yet affordable, European hand-crafted
stringed instruments for the intermediate to professional level player.
Melodeon Tuning and Repairs Offer a full repair and tuning service
for melodeons near Chelmsford.
Riva Percussion Percussion music shop
selling drums, cymbals, etc.
Sounds Musical Waltham Abbey shop with
online mail order
Martin’s Guitar Repairs Redbridge repair shop specialises in
professional setups and upgrades.
Essex Piano Gallery Maintenance and restoration for Upright Pianos, Grand Pianos
and Player Pianos (Pianolas) based in Southend.
Digital Village Studio equipment, pro-audio
and computer music chain with store in Chadwell Heath
Peach Guitars A boutique guitar store
located near Braintree.
Professional Music Technology Southend music shop
with online shopping
Harlequin Oboe Reeds Music shop in Colchester
selling Harlequin Oboe Reeds.
The Piano Pavilion The leading provincial dealership for Bluthner, Broadwood, Kemble, Kawai, Krause, Weber and Waldstein pianos
American Stage Band Music Service Full range of USA big band charts for jazz ensemble
sent by mail order or from Colchester music shop
East Coast Wind Woodwind and Brass specialist
music shop in Hornchurch previously SAX-PRO.
Suffolk Pianos Buy, sell, tune and repair second-hand, refurbished pianos
based in Coggeshall, Essex.
Benfleet Music Sell and rent musical instruments
in Benfleet – formerly ABC Music.
Status Graphite Handcrafted basses and guitars, basses and guitars
pickups, active circuits, graphite necks, exotic woods, bass guitar strings.
Magic Music Store Clacton music store selling
guitars, keyboards and percussion.
RAC Pianos Piano shop selling, repairing and restoring pianos.
with own workshop.
The String Salon The String Salon at Barleylands Craft Village
part of Rainbow Music.
The Bass Merchant A one stop shop for Bass Players
based in West Thurrock.
Advance Music, Hornchurch Established in Hornchurch for over 30 years. Specialists in Acoustic Instruments & printed music of all styles. Fast & efficient mail order service.
James Dace & Son, Chelmsford Renowned throughout Essex for its wide range of instruments,
professional staff and repairs department
The Vintage DrumYard Single drums, drum kits, cymbals
and hardware in Clacton on Sea
Sound Attak The famous drum and percussion store
with large online ordering.