Orchestra’s set to start from scratch

PUBLISHED: 12:27 02 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 02 April 2014


May I thank the Exmouth Journal for publicising Exmouth Light Orchestra’s spring concert which took place last Saturday evening in the Temple Methodist Church in Budleigh Salterton.

It was a complete sell-out and extra chairs had to be brought in at the last minute.

The 66-piece symphony orchestra, ranging in age from seven to more than 77, raised the roof in some of the more boisterous pieces, but there were also some lovely quiet moments in the more reflective ones.

A big thank you to our generous audience with their exit donations towards the ‘Big Scratch’ project where group tuition is given in ‘beginner’ violin and cello, with instruments being supplied free.

As a result of the evening clearing £1,000, a new beginners’ string orchestra will be started up from September on Saturday mornings in term-time at Marpool Primary School in Moorfield Road.

This will accommodate the growing number of parents and children who have been learning the violin with the Big Scratch in the past year and a half and who aren’t yet ready to join the two main orchestras. The registered charity goes from strength to strength in bringing the joy of playing quality music in a community setting to the people of Exmouth and beyond – in fact, from as far afield as Taunton, Ivybridge and Seaton!

All we need now in Exmouth is a community arts and music centre like the wonderful new one in Honiton, called the Beehive, which was handed over from the builders to Honiton Town Council on March 10.

It’s based on a not-for-profit company and we’ve already had the pleasure of playing in it: the acoustics are superb and the auditorium accomodates 300 comfortably on tiered 

Importantly, the car park is amply capable of coping with large events and there are separate large rooms for art exhibitions, conferences and the like.

Come on Exmouth, the biggest town in East Devon by far and more than twice the size of Honiton – let’s get our act together now, not five years down the line!

Daphne Harlock

Trustee and Musical Director 
Exmouth Light Orchestra

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