Development for Older Musicians
The Exeter Youth Orchestra (EYO) is a subset of the main Exeter Children’s Orchestra (ECO) . Formally known as the Chamber Orchestra it comprises the older and more experienced members of the orchestra in a more balanced form than the all-inclusive ECO. Such membership may be 4 flutes, 2 oboes, 4 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 1 bassoon, 4 French horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 4 percussionists, 1 piano, 16 violins, 4 cellos and 4 bass. With such an arrangement of musicians the Youth Orchestra can squeeze into smaller venues and, comprising more advanced players, perform more challenging music than the full Orchestra.
Membership to the Youth Orchestra is on an invitation-basis with players being selected from the Children’s Orchestra. There is no hard-and-fast rule for getting into it. Players are selected on a case-by-case basis based on a mixture of ability, age, length of service and reliability. With so few members covering individual parts the orchestra suffers every time someone is absent.
When another player is needed for the Youth Orchestra the conductor will liaise with the principal musician of the section (flutes, clarinets, brass, violins, cellos, percussion) and with the section tutors. Finally he will invite the member to join the youth orchestra and notify the committee so that records can be updated.
Anyone may query whether or not their child can join EYO but the ultimate decision lies with the conductor who must consider the greater good.