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About Us


Exmouth Light Orchestra 'in the early days' of 2012                                                photograph courtesy of Exmouth Journal

Exmouth Light Orchestra (ELO) was started in September 2011 by Daphne and John Harlock in Devon, UK; it has grown beyond 40-strong and comprises players of all abilities and ages, mainly of the violin family of instruments, namely the violin, viola, cello and double-bass. We also have flutes, clarinets, a bassoon and harp. The ELO rehearses weekly on a Friday morning in term time: please see the Home Page for more information or contact us by 'phone - see below..

A second orchestra rehearses on Saturday mornings in term time and has been in full swing since September 2012; it has all the players one would find in a symphony orchestra, including brass, french horns and percussion. Again we accommodate all ages and abilities. This orchestra too has grown beyond the 40-strong mark and is still expanding.

In 2016, both orchestras became fully interchangeable, so now members can be flexible about which morning they come to each week or even attend both rehearsals! The musical repertoire is the same for both days with practice tracks and resources available to support the players at home between rehearsals.

The ethos of the two orchestras - collectively known as 'ELO' - is to have fun while learning to play better as an ensemble. The choice of music is eclectic and 'light':  film scores, show music, swing, latin, folk, pop and light classical.

We are always on the lookout for new players especially of the violin family. There are no auditions for string players, since we cater for everything from grade 1 players up to post-grade 8. Wind players: please contact us first before turning up.

The sessions are inexpensive and funding may be available for those in need. The groups are very friendly and welcoming so that the coffee breaks are a noisy affair!

For more information please contact us on 01395 278497; this is better than email where replies to you have been lost in spam filters.