The EMG Symphony Orchestra

A Sea Symphony in Exeter Cathedral

The original Exeter Music Group was founded in 1967 and since that time has grown to the full-scale symphony orchestra that exists today.

The EMG Symphony Orchestra provides musicians with the opportunity to perform a wide variety of repertoire with talented soloists, local choirs and a professional conductor.

We perform at venues in and around Exeter, including the University Great Hall and Exeter Cathedral. Recent concerts have featured works including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (‘Symphony of a Thousand’) and Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony.

The Orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings throughout the year. Subscriptions are very reasonable and membership is open to all ages.

Commendation from the Mayor of Exeter

On the 13th May 2019, EMG was delighted to be awarded a commendation by the Mayor of Exeter for its services to the wider community and charity over many years. Only a month earlier at the orchestra’s spring concert, over £1350 had been raised through a retiring collection for St. Petrock’s, a local charity that has for over 20 years supported people who are homeless or vulnerably housed by providing a range of support, housing and prevention services to individuals in need.

The  award was presented to the orchestra by Rob Hannaford, Mayor of Exeter, at a formal reception held in the Guildhall, Exeter. Attending the event, and receiving the award on behalf of the orchestra, were Fenny Gill, the Orchestra’s Concert Manager, and Clare Smith, our Orchestra Leader.