Folk Orchestra of East Devon

The Folk Orchestra of East Devon is our weekly folk orchestra, established in 1999 for the East Devon and Exeter area. We come together every Monday during term time.

The orchestra has performed across towns in East Devon as well as featuring at local festivals including Sidmouth Folk Festival and Exmouth Arts Festival. You’ll have regular opportunities to perform pieces at public events. You’ll also develop your skills in performing dance tunes and perform at events such as ceilidhs.

Sessions start with preparation for yourself and your instrument. Tunes are arranged in parts to cover tune, harmony, bass and chords. There is also an access line which is a simplified version of the tune for those starting out with their instrument. We revisit and develop arrangements week on week. Working together with the music leader, members contribute to how tunes are arranged for performances.

We encourage you to develop your folk style and learn by ear. Musical scores are available for all parts. During the session, there is a short break to chat with others and have a cup of tea.

Location: Victory Hall, Broadclyst, near Exeter EX5 3EE

Time: Mondays, 7.00-9.00pm. See the current term dates.

When you join your group you’ll get online access to musical scores and audio guides related to each in-person session.

If the weekly orchestra feels too advanced for you, try our Mixed Monthly Folk Orchestra.

If you are interested in an extra challenge, try our Folk Sinfonietta.