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Next Rehearsal: This will be at 4.30pm on Thursday 12 September

This will be an OPEN rehearsal for any children to come along and give HYO a try

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.

Rehearsal Dates for Autumn Term 2019

Dates for the Autumn Term 2019 sessions are now confirmed as:


12, 19, 26 September

3, 10, 17 October


7, 14, 21, 28 November (joint concert with Scratch on 28 November at 6pm)

Other performance opportunities may present themselves and we will keep you informed of these by email and on this website.

NEW for September 2019:

Scratch will be holding their sessions from 4 – 5.30pm in The Crypt at St Paul’s on Thursdays from 12 September. HYO musicians are welcome to come along and take part in the 4 – 4.30pm fun musicianship session before the HYO rehearsal starts. In the Autumn Term 2019 there will be NO CHARGE for this.

[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.]


At the concert on 22nd March 2018 we announced the launch of Scratch! – a new beginners’ orchestra for Honiton and the surrounding area. Head over to their webpage at www.scratchhoniton.wordpress.com for more details.


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Current Music

Music for the Autumn Term 2019

Here are links to some videos demonstrating the music we’ll be playing this term.

‘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