East London Late Starters Orchestras

ELLSO is a registered charity, started over 30 years ago, with a basic philosophy that music-making is within everyone's ability.

We are an East London based teaching string orchestra for adult late starters, regardless of age, background, experience or income and we want to encourage people to play music.

We provide a genuinely supportive and non-competitive environment and this is reflected in our methods and in the music we play. There are no auditions and from Day 1, even complete beginners will be able to join in orchestral playing.

Group tuition and playing opportunities:-

  • Saturday ELLSO - for complete beginners and rusty players who wat to improve.
  • Tuesday ELLSO - group lessons and ensemble playing for early and intermediate stage violin and cello players.
  • Intermediate String Ensemble - a coached string ensemble on Monday evenings for that have been learning for at least one year.
  • Amateur Symphony Orchestra - Thursday evening rehearsals for string, wind and brass players who have reached a standard of about ABRSM Grade 6 plus.
  • Summer Programme - A week of intensive learning and playing for all abilities at our accailmed international residential String Summer School

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Where to go

Venue address
Kemp House 152 City Road

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Address: Kemp House  152 City Road  London