What Parents and Students say about ECSOC.
I travelled over to Guernsey for ECSOC every summer for 6 years - it was always such a highlight that I looked forward to during my school years. The impact it had on my growth as a young instrumental musician was huge, and it really inspired me to start taking Horn playing seriously and to consider it as a possible career path. It not only improved my orchestral skills but my social skills too, both of which have held me in good stead for my adult life. I would highly recommend the course to any budding young instrumentalist.
I did ECSOC for many years, from the String Group to the Symphony Orchestra. It was the musical and social highlight of my year and inspired me to become a professional orchestral musician. The tutors were so committed to teaching us ensemble skills in a fun way and I am happy to say that I now work with some of then in a professional capacity and use these experiences to enrich my own teaching.
At ECSOC I learned a lot about the cello, and it’s also really fun as well. I had some great tutors and made new friends there.
ECSOC was great. The tutors made the sessions interesting and fun. Apart from learning a lot of music, we also had the opportunity to try conducting, swimming, yoga and a cake-baking competition.
ECSOC is a great way to have fun and learn at the same time, love the Tuckshop too. I say that it wouldn’t be summer without ECSOC!
ECSOC was always such an amazing week and definitely one of the highlights of the summer holidays. It provides such great opportunities to not only develop your individual instrumental technique, with help from the fantastic tutors, but also your general musicianship and ensemble playing, while enjoying yourself at the same time.
Both of my daughters have enjoyed ECSOC over many years now. It has long been a highlight of the summer holidays and has definitely encouraged their love of music. The concerts at the end of the course are fantastic, it’s hard to believe how much they achieve in such a short space of time. Thank you so much to all of the organisers and tutors for making it such a wonderful week!
As we drove away on the last day my daughter asked me to immediately book for the next year. Needless to say that we will be returning! A truly inspiring team. Thank you ECSOC for making it a highlight of the summer holidays.
ECSOC is great fun, you get to meet loads of people that enjoy the same thing as you. The tutors are really supportive and helpful and you learn so much.
It was so fun, I got to play so many instruments
I really enjoy ECSOC. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, especially from other places. I’m definitely doing next year.
My favourite piece this year was Harvest Home. I like that there are so many different activities to take part in.
I’ve done about 8 ECSOC courses. Each year the sense of achievement is amazing, some of the pieces I wouldn’t dream of attempting but by the end of the week I can totally do them!
ECSOC Tutors inspire me to learn percussion and showed me that there is way more than just a drum kit! Without ECSOC I would not be where I am today.
You make more progress in that week than in any other week of the year. Thanks to ECSOC I now write MT for Martin Thomas on all my music to remind me of how Martin would practice it.
Its great for people who want to improve. The music is so fun and different from other orchestras.
I found Roger [Coull] very inspiring. By the end of the week I was surprised at how much I had improved.
I loved it. It was the best week. I was nervous before I started but it was so fun!
My children love ECSOC. They have gained confidence with their musical ability, a sense of pride when performing on stage and most importantly to them, friendship, which encourages them to move forward with their music.
Both my daughters took part in ECSOC over a number of years. They gained confidence and thoroughly enjoyed their time on the course. The music stretched them and enabled them to clearly improve in just one week. My youngest has gone to Cardiff University to study music.
I’ve just arranged our 2017 summer holiday around ECSOC!
I’ve taken part in 4 ECSOCs. My favourite thing about this year was playing with lots of different people and performing Pirates of the Caribbean!
On day 1 it was quite hard and on the 2nd day, I felt like I got it. It was really fun. My favourite piece was probably the Vivaldi Concerto or Pirates of the Caribbean or Somewhere Over the Rainbow. So actually, I really liked them all!!
Just thought I would drop you a line to let you know How much Elenioce enjoyed the ECSOC course. She loved the music selection and rehearsals and was made warmly welcome by her host family.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for introducing Leo to ECSOC. He had a great week, and was full of tales each night! Although he found the Friday night a bit nerve-wracking, I’m sure it has given him a big confidence boost.
I haven't been to an ECSOC concert for years and I was so impressed by the standard of all the groups and thought the Saturday in particular was fantastic. My son, Ben, loved the course, thank you!