EMG Symphony Orchestra will be giving anyone with an interest in music the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how a large amateur symphony orchestra prepares for a concert in Exeter next month.

The open rehearsal will provide an opportunity not only to meet the players but also to sit among the orchestra during the rehearsal and experience the music from the players' perspective as they rehearse for their spring concert.

The rehearsal is a free event and is particularly aimed at children and young people who are learning an orchestral instrument. More advanced players (grade 6 standard and above), both children and adults, are invited to bring their instrument and join in with the rehearsal.

The event will focus on ‘Nimrod’ from Elgar's Enigma Variations as well as ‘Mars’ and ‘Jupiter’ from Holst's Planets Suite, and will also be preparation for the Music Nation: Olympic Rings event.

It will take place at Exeter University in the Great Hall at 7.30pm on Sunday, March 4 as part of the BBC's Music Nation Day.

The orchestra asks that all under-16s are accompanied by an adult.

For more information visit www.emgsymphonyorchestra.org