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

Plays lighter classical works, film, games and TV themes. 

Minimum age for joining is 9 years.



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

Plays more challenging music, including symphonies, orchestral suites and overtures,as well as the more challenging film and games themes.


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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 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. Play in termly concerts for family and friends including a Christmas celebration and our summer picnic concert.

Paul Painter Musical Director


Paul studied horn, piano and composition at Dartington College of Arts before qualifying as a teacher. He 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.

Aside from the orchestras, much of his time is spent as a Music Lead for the Devon & Torbay Music Education Hubs, leading large-scale musical projects in schools and colleges across Devon


Compositions range from numerous songs to orchestral works, including arrangements for rock band & orchestra; as well as music for brass ensemble, choir and jazz band.

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