Nick Coote conducts an ELLSO ensemble

ELLSO: London-based teaching orchestras for amateur musicians and late starter string players (adults only).

  • Group tuition classes in violin, viola, cello, double bass, musicianship and ensemble playing on Saturday mornings
  • Evening playing opportunities in our two performing orchestras, one of which includes experienced woodwind players
  • Annual residential music summer school
  • Summer Mondays String Orchestra
  • Age limits: 18+; no upper age limit

If you already play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello or double bass) or would like to learn (even as a complete beginner), we can  provide the opportunity you’re looking for - you don’t need to audition.

Piotr Jordan coaches a Musicianship class

Some members have never played a stringed instrument before, some can’t read music at the start, whilst others have previous musical knowledge and expertise.

Such an incredible atmosphere

Founded 30 years ago, ELLSO has a basic philosophy - that music-making is within everyone’s ability.

We provide a genuinely supportive and non-competitive environment allowing even complete beginners to join in orchestral playing from day one.

This has been a life-changing experience

Double bass technique class

There’s no experience quite like playing music with other like-minded people; it’s a very special feeling.

The ethos of ELLSO is that it’s never too late to learn music and take part in this liberating and fun experience.

'You know, you really ought to try it'. The Times Saturday Magazine

ELLSO is something special. Come and join us.