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Saffron Walden Children’s Orchestra

Saffron Walden Children's Orchestra (SWCO) is a training orchestra for young musicians living in and around Uttlesford. We welcome all young orchestral instrumentalists who are playing to a standard of grade 1 to 5 and who want to have fun learning how to play in an orchestra.

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Our courses help children to develop as musicians and to enjoy learning how to play with others in a large ensemble. We usually play some classical as well as light repertoire. Children also work together with section coaches, and then on the final day all join together to perform as an orchestra. Our gallery has some recent images of the children's orchestra.

Our 11th SWCO course will be taking place next Easter during 9-11 April 2019 at the Saffron Walden County High School, 9.30-12.30pm every day, finishing with a concert on the last day in the Saffron Hall. Children, aged 7 and above, who play an orchestral instrument and are of grade 1 minimum up to grade 5 are very welcome to enrol. Places are limited so early booking recommended. If you would like to book a place, please fill out a copy of our Easter 2019 application form and send this to our SWCO administrator at
Here's the booking form: SWCO booking form Easter 2019

A future date for your diary

Summer course 30 July-2 Aug, 9.30-3.30pm at Saffron Walden County High School (book a place by filling out a copy of the summer 2019 application form and send to our SWCO administrator).
Here's the booking form: SWCO booking form Summer 2019

We welcome any feedback on the courses we run.

Please click here to view the SWCO Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

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