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Ellesmere College

Ellesmere College and Terraces

Come and make music with us at Ellesmere College, set within a 144 acre estate in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

The foundation stone of Ellesmere College, formerly known as St. Oswald’s School, was laid on St. Oswald’s Day, August 5th, 1879, and the school was opened on the same date in 1884. The founder was Canon Nathaniel Woodard who began a chain of Woodard Foundation Schools, beginning with Lancing College in Sussex.

Today, it is a fully independent, co-educational day and boarding school, home to 550 students from ages 7 -18. We are privileged to have full use of the school’s outstanding facilities to host our Symphonic Wind Band events.

Aerial View of the College
Big School

Our courses are fully residential; however, if you live locally you are more than welcome to attend on a daily basis. Please click here for details of our different packages.

Ellesmere College has some fantastic facilities; rehearsals take place in the magnificent hall known as ‘Big School’ and there are numerous leisure facilities including a swimming pool, golf course and tennis courts. For relaxation in the evenings there is also a bar. Please click here for more details.

View our planned schedule for the weekend.

Please see here for full details of our prices for the weekend event.

How to find us

Ellesmere College, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9AB

Ellesmere College is situated midway between Chester and Shrewsbury, just off the A495 and is easily accessed via the UK motorway network.

Rail users may travel to nearby Shrewsbury Station (25 minutes by road), Gobowen Station (15 minutes by road) or Crewe Station (45 minutes by road), which are main-line stations operating regular services around the UK.

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