About Us

 

Exmouth Light Orchestra (ELO) is a full symphony orchestra and was started by Daphne and John Harlock in 2011. We are based in Devon which is a 'West Country' county of the UK. Members come from all over Devon and Somerset and we even have some 'home players' from Southampton, Bath, Taunton and Oxford playing along to our high quality, weekly 'Live Stream' rehearsals.

The orchestra is currently made up of 60 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, oboe, bassoons, French horns, trumpets, trombone, percussion, piano 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.

The ethos of the orchestra is to have fun while always striving to improve our overall sound. 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 classical and opera to film scores, show music, swing, Latin, folk and a little pop.

We're always on the lookout for new string players, from violins right down to double basses; there are no auditions since we cater for everything from grade 3 players up to post-grade 8.

Wind players: please contact us first for availability but flautists, oboists, bassoonists, French horns and all brass are always welcome.

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 sadly lost in spam filters.