2016 is our 36th season

2016 Sat 9 Jan, Sun 10 Jan, 29th annual Young Soloist Competition 1st round, Birley Centre

Some 30 competitors from music colleges around the UK and abroad presented a 15-minute performance of a contrasting programme of their own choice, judged by four adjudicators.

The judges of the competition thank the competitors. Both judges and audience were hugely impressed with the high standards. Thank you too to the accompanists.

Click here for the results of the first round of the 29th ESO Young Soloist Competition.


The final round, on Sunday 7 February at 2pm (£8 on the door only), will feature the winners of this first round who will present a 20-minute performance of two contrasting concerto movements.

Click here for the programme for the final

The winner plays a concerto with the ESO.

More details from concertmanager@eso.org.uk or 07780 993801

Click here for the November 2015 newsletter and form for singers for the Gerontius concert

Click here for the September 2015 newsletter for all on our mailing list

(please note the update of venue - which is now St Saviour's Church Hall - for players rehearsals for the April and June concerts)





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Concert and rehearsal schedule and other dates for the 2016 season


2016 Sat 9 Jan, Sun 10 Jan, Young Soloist Competition 1st round, Birley Centre

2016 Sun 7 Feb, Young Soloist Competition Final, 2pm, Birley Centre

more details from concertmanager@eso.org.uk or see top of page


2016 Fri 18 Mar, AGM followed by hot buffet supper, 7pm, Social SCR, Eastbourne College


2016 Sun 24 Apr, ESO Choral Concert, 7.30pm, St Saviour’s Church

Elgar Dream of Gerontius

The last time we performed this was in 1999, the first of our 11 choral concerts in Chichester Cathedral. We are delighted that Eastbourne's Renaissance Singers will form the semi-chorus, and the soloists will be Susan Legg, Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks and Jozik Kotz. As well as the regular Tuesday evening rehearsals for the singers, there will also be three Saturday afternoon workshops run on the same lines as before. We are keen, obviously, to welcome a large number of singers and hope that our flexible rehearsal schedule will allow as many singers as possible to join us while, at the same time, producing a healthy balance between the voices. If you wish to sing with us, please complete the form (click here) by the end of November. More details from concertmanager@eso.org.uk or 07780 993801.

Players rehearsals (2–5pm St Saviour's Church Hall - note this new venue): 12 Mar, 16 Apr, 23 Apr

Singers rehearsals (7.30–9pm Eastbourne College Chapel): 12, 19, 26 Jan; 2, 9, 23 Feb; 1, 8, 15 Mar; 19 Apr

Singers workshops (2.30–4.30pm Eastbourne College Chapel): 30 Jan; 20 Feb; 5 Mar

Dress rehearsal (2.30–5.30pm St Saviour’s Church); 24 Apr


2016 Sun 19 Jun, Summer Concert, 7pm, St Saviour’s Church

Players rehearsals (2–5pm St Saviour's Church Hall - note this new venue): 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun; 19 Jun (St Saviour's Church)


2016 Sun 23 Oct Autumn Concert, 7pm, St Saviour’s Church

Players rehearsals (2–5pm Birley Centre): 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct; (2-5pm St Sav Church) 23 Oct


This 2016 list was last updated on 3 Nov 2015


Click on the orchestra tab for a gallery of photographs of the orchestra.

Click on the events tab for a list of all concerts (from our first one in January 1980)

which can be sorted according to date, composer, work etc. 

Under the events tab, we are, when time permits, archiving all documents we have of previous concerts.

Please contact concertmanager@eso.org.uk or 07780 993801 for more information.


The orchestra always welcomes new players and we are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in joining us. 
We are particularly keen to fill spaces in our brass, percussion and string sections.
Please contact orchestramanager@eso.org.uk or 07789 988477.