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Entry level for players of Grade 3 standard 9 years old and above. For all orchestral instruments plus cornets and euphoniums. Accessible ensemble music and musical activities.



Intermediate level -  Grade 4 to 6 standard on all orchestral instruments.

Plays lighter classical works, film and TV themes. 



​For musicians Grade 6 standard and above on all orchestral instruments.

Plays more challenging music, including symphonies, orchestral suites and modern works.


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Experience playing in a full orchestra with young musicians from Devon and beyond with regular specialised help from highly trained professional coaches. Monthly rehearsals take place in a safe and comfortable environment and all staff

are CRB/DBS checked.


Perform in exciting events from concerts in Exeter Cathedral to performances at the Devon County Show. Play alongside a wide range of musicians from choirs and major orchestras (BBC and BSO) to rock bands. 


Perform at exciting events, including the Devon County Show, and take part in the Devon Schools Mix Festival and our popular schools’ outreach workshops. Play in termly concerts for family and friends including a Christmas celebration and our summer picnic concert.

Concert & Symphony

Orchestra Conductor


Paul Painter

Paul studied horn, piano and composition at Dartington College of Arts before qualifying as a teacher. Has worked as an instrumental teacher in a range of schools in Devon and performs as a singer and pianist, and as a horn-player in orchestras throughout the South-West.


He was for several years conductor of the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra, principal horn and deputy conductor of the Exeter Symphony Orchestra and is at present musical director of both the Devon Youth Concert and Symphony Orchestras, as well as several school jazz and rock ensembles in the area. 


As well as teaching brass instruments much of his time is spent as a music lead for the Devon Music Education Hub leading large-scale musical projects in schools and colleges across Devon.


Compositions range from numerous songs to works for orchestra, brass ensemble and jazz band.


Orchestra Conductor


Jude Carter

Jude studied for her BMus at Cardiff University before completing her PGCE in primary teaching at Exeter University. Since then she has worked as a class teacher, music co-ordinator and deputy-head in a number of Devon primary schools.


Alongside her school work, Jude has taught clarinet, piano and more recently saxophone, at all levels from beginner to post grade 8. Within schools she has led a range of music groups including choirs and orchestras.


For the past 2 years Jude has been clarinet and saxophone tutor for the Devon Youth Orchestras. She also performs regularly in a variety of local music groups.