The Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra (EYSWO) offers an opportunity for young wind, brass, and percussion players to experience the fun and excitement of playing full symphonic wind repertoire.
To join, you will usually need to be aged 11 and upwards and of at least grade five standard.
Entry into the EYSWO is usually by audition. The audition will allow us to meet you, hear you play a piece you’ve prepared in advance, and give you some sight reading to try.
Auditions usually take place during the Autumn and Summer terms, though it is sometimes possible to join mid-year. To apply for an audition, please fill out and return the Ensembles Application form .
This orchestra is often seen as the training ground for the Essex Young People’s Orchestra and Essex Youth Orchestra and like them the EYSWO have a busy schedule throughout the year.
Beginning with a repertoire day during the Christmas holidays to have a play through a wide range of pieces, the year continues with a non-residential course at Easter.
The orchestra tours to Europe on alternate years (having another non-residential course on the years at home). This summer the orchestra tours to Holland.
The EYSWO also plays local concerts twice a year. These are open to the public, and allow you to show off what you have learnt! For details, see the concerts page. For tickets for any of our concerts, please contact the Ensembles Team .
Charles Hine is the Musical Director of the Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra. Charles studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music where he received numerous awards including the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for Clarinet, the Lady Holland Prize for Composition and the Recital Diploma.
During his studies, Charles won the Young Musician award for South East England and has since been honoured with an ARAM. Charles is a founder member of the Vega Wind Quintet, one of the country's leading chamber ensembles and the first Wind Quintet to be invited to appear at the Proms.
Charles is currently Head of Woodwind and Head of Performance Studies at the Colchester Institute Centre of Music and he also conducts the Wind Orchestra and Clarinet Choir at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department.