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Next concert: 6pm Thursday 26 March 2020 at St Paul’s Church. High Street, Honiton


Due to COVID-19 we have decided that our concert on 26 March will not now take place. The music which was scheduled for this event will be played at our Summer Term Concert (if THAT goes ahead!). We have rehearsals planned for 19 & 26 March and we anticipate that these will still take place unless we advises otherwise.

But 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 Spring Term 2020 sessions are now confirmed as:

9, 16, 23, 30 January

6 February


27 February

5, 12, 19, 26 March (concert on 28 March at 6pm)

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

[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