Founded in 1975 and based in the small market town of Ongar in Essex, Ongar Music Club promotes recitals of chamber and solo instrumental music.

In 1984, it founded the prestigious competition to find the Essex Young Musician of the Year under the generous patronage of John Lill.

Many famous artists have performed for the Club. These include Dame Eva Turner,

The High Street, Ongar with the Budworth Hall to the right
Sir Peter Pears, Stephen Kovacevich, Denis Matthews, Steven Isserlis, Richard Baker, Fritz Spiegl and The Fairer Sax, to name but a few.
The Club was also instrumental in the formation of Ongar Jazz Club. This diversity of activity has ensured the ongoing success of the Club.

Administering the Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition is now the prime focus
for Ongar Music Club.