Harmony’s All Ability Orchestra for adults is unique in Exeter!
If you are learning an instrument, played long ago or are really confident please come and join us (no audition is required).
We rehearse on Thursdays during term time at 7.15-8.45pm in the Music Department at Exeter School. There is a charge of £5.00 per session and a termly membership fee of £10.
We welcome adult players of any orchestral instrument at any ability; currently we would particularly welcome intermediate brass players to help expand the orchestra and its repertoire. Your level of playing will be catered for and all are included - we are a friendly bunch. Feel free to download our orchestra flyer.
Our Musical Director, Judith Wooster, is a professional musician, conductor and composer with many years’ experience of working as a teacher and music educator. She delivers professional expertise in a friendly and encouraging way that we are all inspired by, regardless of our ability.
History of Harmony
Harmony Adult All Ability Orchestra was founded in 2013 out of the establishment of the Harmony Music Centre. The Music Centre was started in 2011 by local music teacher, Phil Makin, along with Graham Pearson and parents of some of Phil’s students. The Centre grew to include several brass ensembles and mixed woodwind groups and as time went by, some of the parents who were keen but amateur musicians themselves, felt a desire to return to playing. A search of Exeter revealed only established and capable orchestras and not the type of group the parents were looking for. They persuaded another local music teacher, Judith Wooster, to lead a new all ability orchestra for adult musicians and Harmony Adult All Ability Orchestra held its first rehearsal in September 2012. Judith took a break from the Orchestra for a few years to pursue other activities, during which time the Orchestra was led by several capable and kind musicians. In September 2017 Judith took up the baton once again.