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Scratch! is a new ensemble for Primary aged children (most likely Key Stage 2) who have little or no experience of playing a musical instrument.

Please get in touch here so we can be prepared for you at our first session

It will be really helpful if we have an idea of what instrument you will be playing or would like to play and how much experience you have before the first session.


Rehearsals will be on THURSDAYS in St Paul’s Church in Honiton High Street from 4 to 5.30 pm.

Dates for the Autumn Term 2019 sessions are now confirmed as:

NOTE CHANGES made 14/10/19

12, 19, 26 September

3, 10, 17 October


7, 14, 21, 28 November (joint concert with Honiton Youth Orchestra on 28 November at 6pm)

We will perform at a joint concert with Honiton Youth Orchestra on Thursday 28 November 2019 which will run from 6 – 7 pm. This will be preceded (5.30 – 6 pm) by a Bring and Share tea. We look forward to welcoming parents and other friends and relatives to admire the children’s musical prowess and recognise their dedication over the past term.

We have already been successful in a bid for funding to Devon Music Education Hub (which has been renewed for 2019-20) and the Battishorne Trust for this exciting venture.

We expect participants in Scratch! to have had less than 2 years experience of playing an instrument (if you have been playing longer you would probably find Honiton Youth Orchestra more interesting). You are welcome if you fit our target age range (age 7-11) and have:

  • Had instrumental lessons at school or out of school for 2 years or less
  • Played an instrument as part of a whole class tuition session for 1 or 2 terms
  • Never played an instrument before, but would like to

We will be structuring our sessions like this:

Firstly, a general musicianship session using materials from the National Youth Choir of Scotland (based on Kod├íly principles). This will be followed by a fun singing session and then small group sessions (we’re not sure how we will split the group yet as it depends what instruments people want to play) so that the tutor can concentrate on individuals and helping them play their instrument.

Finally, we will all come together to play as a big group.

At the end of term we will showcase what we have been doing at the Honiton Youth Orchestra end of term concert.

As time goes on we hope that participants will want to progress to Honiton Youth Orchestra. In the even longer term some may go on to join one of the Devon County Ensembles. We also hope to be able to play some easier parts to the same music which HYO are playing so that we can put the two groups together and form a massive ensemble – but that is something for the future.

See our Blog page for photos from our rehearsals and concerts as well as other news.

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