As an orchestra, we are keen to work with the City of Exeter and the wider area to promote classical music ‘for all’ and, in particular, participation in live music events.

We have worked with a number of local primary schools specifically supporting their participation in the BBC Ten Pieces initiative.

Alongside this, in 2015 we were delighted to work with the Da Capo String Ensemble. Da Capo joined us to perform the Vaughan Williams Concerto Grosso. Sarah Greinig, who runs Da Capo, commented: “The collaboration with ESO for the Vaughan Williams Concerto Grosso is a first for Da Capo, who have been increasingly excited since beginning their preparations last Autumn”.

More generally, we would always encourage anybody and everybody to get in touch with us if they have an idea about how ESO can engage with local groups.

We also hold String Workshops, often attended by both ESO members and also non-members. These have been a great success, so do keep an eye out for similar events in the future. Or, if you have any ideas about how ESO can get more involved in local community groups – do drop us a line.

'Thank you for putting some things in place for us on Saturday evening. I just wanted to thank all concerned who were extremely generous and made it happen. We had a wonderful time and my daughter had the most magical evening in the best seats she could have wished for.'

'It goes almost without saying how wonderfully talented the members of the orchestra are. We felt very privileged to be entertained and delighted by their professionalism and musical mastery. It was a truly amazing experience and one we will no doubt be talking about for some time to come.'

'I was in tears - the orchestra were playing from their soul'

'Thank you for a magical evening last night'

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