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Learn to play violin, viola, cello or bass with a very special amateur String Orchestra!

ELLSO is a registered charity, started 40 years ago, with a basic philosophy that music-making is within everyone's ability.

We are an East London based teaching string orchestra for adult late starters, regardless of age, background, experience or income and we want to encourage people to play music.

We provide a genuinely supportive and non-competitive environment and this is reflected in our methods and in the music we play. There are no auditions and from Day 1, even complete beginners will be able to join in orchestral playing.

ELLSO provides playing and learning opportunities in four main activities:

Saturday ELLSO

A whole morning of string coaching, musicianship and ensemble work, for complete beginners and rusty players who want to improve.

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Intermediate Strings

A coached string ensemble on Monday evenings for those who have been learning for at least one year.

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ELLSO Symphony Orchestra

A Thursday evening symphony orchestra for string, wind and brass players who have reached a standard of about ABRSM Grade 6 plus.

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ELLSO Residential Summer School

A week-long residential summer school at which ELLSO players and others from around this and other countries meet for music-making under the guidance of top professional tutors.

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