Exmouth Light Orchestra (ELO) was started in 2011 in the county of Devon in the United Kingdom - not Exmouth in Western Australia, nice as that is! It currently comprises 66 players of varied abilities and ages, mainly of the violin family of instruments, namely the violin, viola, cello and double-bass. We also have flutes, clarinets, an oboe, French horns, trumpets, trombones, full percussion and even a harp. The ELO rehearses weekly on a Saturday morning in term time: please see the Welcome Page for the latest information or contact us by telephone - see below.
The ethos of the orchestra is to have fun while learning to play better as an ensemble, with the help of our in-house 'professionals' covering all sections of the classical symphony orchestra. We restrict ourselves to just two concerts per year in order to balance the pursuit of excellence in music making, with maintaining a relaxed learning atmosphere without the constant fear of an impending performance! Some members relish playing in our concerts whereas others prefer to attend the rehearsals only, where they gain confidence and expertise in orchestral playing.
The choice of music is eclectic and 'light' ranging from baroque, classical, romantic and opera to film scores, show music, swing, Latin, folk and a little pop.
We are always on the lookout for new players; there are no auditions since we cater for everything from grade 3 players up to post-grade 8 for strings.
Wind players: please contact us first for availability and the necessary standard but bassoonists, trombonists and a tuba player would be highly desirable!
The sessions are inexpensive and funding is available for those in need. The groups are very friendly and welcoming which makes the coffee breaks a noisy affair!
For more information, please contact the conductor Daphne Harlock on 01395 278497 or 07752 673212; this is better than email where replies to you have been lost in spam filters.