ESSEX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Essex Symphony Orchestra Reg. Charity No. 1000732
Site last updated on 07 Jan 2018
Every ESO concert is presented in support of a local charity. The charity is chosen annually from a list suggested by the players. You will find the name of the charity displayed on all ESO posters and programmes and on this website. Our chosen charity for the 2018-19 season is Chess Homeless, a small local charity that has given help and support to hundreds of homeless people since it was launched 21 years ago.
Our first Children's Concert was in 2002. It took the form of performing music such as Peter and the Wolf and the Toy Symphony to children from local primary schools. Other concerts followed, and took their current format first in 2012 when we worked with a group of schools including Little Waltham and Newlands Spring.
Concerts have become more interactive, with a facilitator or our conductor explaining the story behind the music and what the orchestra is doing. Some children get to volunteer to use our props and act out various roles. There are always plenty of volunteers! In 2012 we also had children from the Gifted & Talented registers to play in the orchestra.
For 2018, see the Gallery and Article on the next page.
These are hugely rewarding concerts to play in. The children are so enthusiastic about joining in and expressing their excitement it is a joy to perform for them. We know from feedback that seeing all the instruments and hearing an orchestra playing live has enormous impact.
To widen our reach, other school groups will be approached for future concerts. We have found that to help schools participate we need to obtain sponsorship specifically for the concert. In 2007, Making Music generously provided funding. We are especially fortunate that the finance group M&G has contributed funding to the orchestra’s children’s concerts from the very beginning as part of their community sponsorship programme.