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.

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.


The Easter Course – CANCELLED

We are very sorry to have to say that following the developments of the Covid-19 virus outbreak and with the closure of all schools, we have no alternative but to cancel the Easter Course 15-17th April 2020.

We will have to watch forecasts when planning for the Summer and will keep you all informed via this website. At the moment, the Summer course will be going ahead 28th-31st July at Saffron Walden County High School so please feel free to express your interest in the course by sending in a completed booking form to the SWCO course administrator.


The next summer course

This will be from Tuesday 28th July to Friday 31st July 2020, 9.30am-3.30pm daily at Saffron Walden County High School. This longer course will include smaller ensemble playing with instrumental tutors, African drumming, singing workshops and beat-boxing.

Please sign up by completing the SWCO booking form Summer 2020 and sending with payment to Pippa Hopewell, SWCO administrator. Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Cost per child is £120. As with the Easter course, there are sibling discounts and financial assistance is available for those who receive free school meals.

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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