Fiddle Orchestra of Devon

Fiddle Orchestra of Devon, or FOOD, is a specialist orchestra for any instruments from the fiddle family including violins, violas, cellos and double bass. (If you play a different bowed stringed instrument please contact us for details of how you may be able to join).

FOOD learn and perform a variety of folk tunes from local and international collections. We are always open to new members and there are no auditions. This is a group for people dedicated to playing violins, violas, cellos, basses and any member of the bowed string family. It is open to a wide range of abilities but is not intended for complete beginners. You will bring your own fiddle and be able to tune it.

Sessions start with a short gentle preparation section to prepare yourself and your instrument. There will also be a more detailed technical section to learn different skills for playing this family of instruments, including ornamentation, bowing styles and fingerings.

Tunes are selected for their suitability for fiddles and arranged in parts to cover tune, harmony and bass. An access line is always provided as well, which is often a simplified version of the tune for those starting out with their instrument.

The group embraces a wide range of learning and styles of arranging. At one end of the spectrum are tunes learned completely by ear while at the other there are fully orchestrated pieces. In between the main musical fare consists of tunes arranged for the different levels of experience to play together and these may be played either as listening pieces or for dancing.

FOOD meet in the morning of the third Saturday of each month for half-day rehearsals near Okehampton.

Join the Fiddle Orchestra of Devon

Location: Meldon Village Hall, Meldon, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4LU

There is plenty of parking at the venue. Please note there is no public transport direct to the hall so if you are unable to get yourself to the venue please contact us and we will see how we can help.

Time: Usually the third Saturday of the month, 10.00am-1.00pm. See the current term dates.

Music Leaders: Hannah Cumming and Paul Wilson

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

Term fees are payable in advance online. Subsidised rates are available for full-time students and people in receipt of Universal Credit.

If it is difficult for you to pay by these methods please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can discuss alternative arrangements to help you be part of the group no matter what your circumstances. We also support people who are not online or may not have an email address, and will offer an alternative way to join the group and access materials.

If the term is already underway, contact us for a reduced price on the full term fee. You’ll receive the online materials for any previous months of the term.

The easiest way to join now is through the Wren Community page.

You may also be interested in our weekly folk ensemble orchestras.