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Rehearsals restart Thursday 6 January 2022

Come and join us

Still looking for new members! We’ve had some former members return to HYO and expressions of interest from new members, but there are planty of chairs to fill. Ordinarily we ask for a termly contribution of £35 towards our running costs (remissions are available) but your first term attending the orchestra is FREE!


Rehearsals restart at St Paul’s Church, Honiton on Thursday 6 January 2022 at 4.30pm (and last until 5.45pm).


We will have some Covid-mitigations in place (ventilation, spacing of participants, spending break time outdoors and extra hand sanitising) but will be able to make music together again!

If you know a child who might like to join us, please get in touch through out ‘Contact us’ page so that we can have appropriate music available.

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 2022

6, 13, 20, 27 January

3, 10 February


3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March (31 March includes concert, if required)

[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 Spring Term 2022:

To be decided

Over the 2020-21 lockdown we played a wide variety of music

We also learned some music by ear.

Here’s what we played in 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