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February 16, 2019

Half term is always a funny time for rehearsals with many families going away and missing one or both Saturdays. Today was no exception and we were quite thin on the ground. 

Section rehearsals were able to spend time working on any pieces with difficult passages and in...

February 9, 2019

Another great sectional rehearsal followed by full rehearsal. I passed a new bassoonist in the corridor being inducted by a committee member so hope to see him soon. Also learned that one of my clarinet players is switching to bass clarinet - Yay! Still no sight of a t...

January 27, 2019

Gave out Also Sprach Zarathustra (seeing as a: it's such a great piece and b: Richard Strauss comes out of copyright this year. Ran through it a number of times; each time better than the last. Think we've found a new concert opener. 

Spent a long time on Joseph and the...

January 21, 2019

On Saturday I was delighted to welcome more than a dozen new players to the Orchestra.  At our rehearsals we will now have 5 french horns, and 5 alto saxophones.  We also have two potential new cellists in Junior Orchestra and a possible bassoonist once he's sourced a...

December 1, 2018

Today was our final rehearsal of The Snowman and our other Christmas pieces and what a rehearsal it was. 

We ran through The Snowman twice along with The Polar Express, All I Want for Christmas is You, White Christmas, Snowflakes, Wizards in Winter, Lord of the Dan...

November 25, 2018

Fantastic rehearsal of The Snowman yesterday. We managed 2 complete run-throughs with me following the film on my laptop. Although we drifted by a few seconds here an there we did it and I embarrassed to say I sobbed a little at the end. 

Well done everyone!

November 3, 2018

What a Saturday! Having cancelled our flash mob owing to forecast rain  - disappointing but we'll try again next year - we continued work on our Christmas programme for 8th December. 

We worked on White Christmas, Snowflakes, Fairytale of New York and How the...

September 15, 2018

I delighted to be able to welcome 12 new members into Exeter Children's Orchestra and 1 new member into the Junior Orchestra. We have swelled the number of clarinets thanks to our joint concert with St Peter's School and our 3rd violin section is now thriving - I think...

September 8, 2018

Welcome back everyone - and what a great rehearsal it was. We collected in a 1 meter high stack of old parts and gave the children The Greatest Showman to rehearse in full rehearsal.  What a sound! This was not doubt helped by the majority of the players being familiar...

July 14, 2018

Our last rehearsal today and an opportunity to revise a few pieces before our summer concert in Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth next week. It was lovely to welcome a new grade 6 sax player who seemed undaunted enough to be happy to play next week. Wow! Looking forward to s...

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