Welcome to the Honiton Youth Orchestra website

Closed due to Covid-19. We hope to restart rehearsals in September 2020

However, our members are still making music. We are continuing to meet online to rehearse together. It’s a very different experience to normal rehearsals, but we are making the best of it! You have probably seen many performance videos in recent weeks and we are making one of those each time we are ready to record a new piece. However, these are for HYO use only so we won’t be sharing them here or on our social media. If you want to hear us play you’ll have to wait until our next live performance which we hope will be in November or December 2020. Once we know when we can meet in person again, we’ll post details here.

But this is still important…

The most important thing you need to know, though, is that we meet on most Thursday evenings at St Paul’s Church in the centre of Honiton from 4.30 to 5.45pm. We welcome all orchestral musicians up to about age 19, approximately Grade 1 upwards, if you fit this description please use the Contact Us page to let us know you’ll be coming along so that we can have some music for you to play.

Rehearsal Dates for Spring Term 2020

Dates for the Autumn Term 2020 sessions will be posted here when they have been confirmed with the church.

[Our conductors have enhanced DBS checks and we have trained first aiders and qualified chaperones at the rehearsals. Parents/carers are welcome to stay but there are a number of cosy coffee shops in Honiton and some decent shopping too.]



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Current Music

Music for the Spring Term 2020:

Back by popular demand is the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Symphonic Suite by Howard Shore (aaranged by John Whitney): Lord of the Rings

Also by popular demand is ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ by GF Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Another request this term is ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by The Beatles (this is a different version to ours): Eleanor Rigby

And finally, more from the ‘Peer Gynt Suite’ by Edvard Grieg. This term we will be playing ‘Morning Mood’: Morning Mood

Here’s what we played in Autumn Term 2019:

Here are links to some videos demonstrating the music we played this term. We’ll probably play at least some of it again during the year and end with a grand end of year concert in the Summer Term to showcase everything we’ve played this year.

‘Rosamunde’ Overture by Franz Schubert: The music from this ballet has far outlasted the ballet itself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCIsOQDngUA

Skye Boat Song (traditional): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrCNEDOla0M

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (spiritual): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8frEt6w4G8

Scarborough Fair (traditional): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlQKh3xHoV4

In the Hall of the Mountain King from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg: This is one of 3 tunes we will be playing from the Peer Gynt Suite during the year. Maybe you can find the other tunes in the suite and let us know which you would like to play! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r__Dk4oWGJQ