The Newton Abbot Orchestra

Firstly a little history... if anyone knows more and wishes to contribute then please let us know, thank you.

The Newton Abbot Orchestra has been in existence for at least 30 years, having begun its life as The Linden Orchestral Players. As far as we know, Rosina Wall and her sister, Dulcie Sadler established the orchestra and over time, they changed its name to Newton Abbot Orchestra. Marion Room then conducted the orchestra for about 10 years until 1994. Since then, the orchestra has had several conductors until Rob Young took the baton... more

Including contributions from Hilary Kingsley (2011) and Mike Atkinson (2022)

Rob Young – Musical Director

Rob gained his Music degree at Goldsmith’s College, London in 1990 where he also received further tuition on piano.

Upon returning to Devon to join the family business he soon took up position as Musical Director of the Kingsbridge Amateur Theatrical Society (K.A.T.S) for whom he M.D’d ten shows. During his time with K.A.T.S, Rob also worked with other societies including T.O.A.D.S Theatre Company in Torquay.

Subsequently he has worked with many other groups including the Torquay Operatic Society (T.O.P.S), Amdram Productions, Exeter Musical Society and even the Bands of the Royal Artillery and Her Majesty’s Royal Marines as part of Plymouth’s community musical event, Music Of The Night. He has also had a lot of experience as an accompanist and over the past few years has worked on a number of different ventures with the actor/writer Peter Reeves.

Rob became Musical Director of the Newton Abbot Orchestra in October 2006, and since then has conducted many successful concerts in a wide variety of locations.

In addition to M.D'ing, conducting and accompanying, Rob has also found time to write music, and plans to devote more energy to this in the future.

At Abbotsbury Church, Newton Abbot Summer 2023

"We appear to be missing someone? Who could it be, I wonder?
More pics - here

Tarhu Concert world premiere

A video recording of the first performance of the Tarhu Concerto by Janna Morasch (Bulmer) from the Exeter concert in April 2014.


– New content welcome...

Thank you to everyone who has sent jokes and repertoire suggestions. Now you've done the fun stuff how about someone supplying me with new, up-to-date copy? Go on - you know you want to!

Any offers of help re-writing the existing sections, or creating a full history of the orchestra would be much appreciated!

horn Clive

A sample joke or two...

Q: How do you make a trombone sound like a French horn?
A: Put your hand in the bell and miss a lot of notes.

Q: How do you get two oboes in tune?
A: Shoot one of them.

NEW! cello Micki's Golden Rules for Ensemble Playing...

more on the Members' Page

Forthcoming concerts:

March 27th - Weds 7.30pm.
Abbotsbury Church, Newton Abbot

May 11th - A concert with the Military Wives, Plymouth - tbc

July 14th - Sunday (late afternoon or evening, tbc) St Luke's Church, Milber, Newton Abbot

Please contact us for further details

Please see below for our current repertoire...

Rehearsals with the NAO

We rehearse the usual 3 terms a year in line with schools and colleges, and usually stage one or two concerts at the end of each term.

Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm We generally rehearse every other week for most of each term, but with extra Wednesdays added in the run-up to the concerts.

Current Schedule for 2024:
Full orchestra:
10 and 24 Jan,
7 and 21 Feb,
6, 20 and (possibly) 27 March
Strings only:
17 Jan, 28 Feb
Wind only:
31 Jan, 13 March

St Luke's Church Hall, Milber, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4LQ

Players wanted!

If you play an instrument listed below, and are interested in joining us we'd love to hear from you!

Please contact Moira by email first ( to arrange when you may be able to come along (please don't come to a rehearsal without prior arrangement).

We don't hold formal auditions, but after sharing info by email we usually suggest that you attend for a couple of rehearsals to see if the NAO is for you (and vice versa).

We do have some younger players, though a minimum of Grade 5 standard is recommended.

• Currently required:


1 trombone

1 tuba

2 horns (occasional)

harpist (occasional)

Currently £25 per term

Please contact:
Moira Aylett:

Newcomers welcome! But please check with us for directions, parking and to confirm rehearsal dates.

Current repertoire includes:

Borodin - Petite Suite
Fauré - Dolly Suite
Aaron Copland - Variations On A Shaker Melody
Aaron Copland - Our Town
Britten - Simple Symphony (for strings)
Elgar - Chanson de Matin
Elgar - Chanson de Nuit
Loewe - My Fair Lady

Please see concert programme above.

Repertoire past & future:
Please see Members' Area

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