News, Plans and Programmes
The Clarke-Foley was able to start a socially distanced cafe after receiving a donation from the orchestra.
The incoming manager of the Clarke-Foley Centre, Michele Ince, receiving the cheque.
Notices and Reminders
Because of the uncertainties that we face, we will only ask for your subs for one term at a time.
Those of us who have been attending rehearsals this term, are asked to pay £30.
You can pay in cash, by cheque or by BACS (bank transfer). A BACS payment is easiest for the treasurer. Please sign a gift aid declaration if possible: it is an important source of funding. Gift aid forms are available from Jenny Pease.
The Annual General Meeting, postponed from February, will be held in October.
We have resumed rehearsals.
We are beginning with a relatively small orchestra. Despite the fact that nearly all of our members will have had two doses of a vaccine by the time we meet, there will still need to be some distancing, and wearing of masks, at least when we are not sitting at our own stands. For the first few weeks we will play without a tea-break but you can, of course, bring a flask or other refreshments.
We are asking members to bring and put up their own music stands, and the plan is to provide a folder of music to each individual player who attends. This means that in the initial period you will need to book before attending.
Well, we have already missed most of this season. We started rehearsing again on 21st May. The conducting, until the end of July, will be shared by Patricia Brierley and Philippa Jennings
The following music has been chosen, and will form the main core of what we play up till the summer break.
What we were doing before lockdown
The 2019-2020 season started on 6th September. Conducted by David Dawson we worked on
On 13th September we welcomed back Peter Young. He chose
Peter was followed by Elaine Levene who chose
Martin Binks, who was due to start conducting us on Friday 25 October, was unable, unfortunately, to conduct his programme. Patricia Brierley and David Dawson took over, and we played a variety of pieces including Facade, Merry Widow, Rosamunde overture and a Sullivan selection.
Musical Christmas Card concert which took place on Friday 20th December, raised £201.18. This is by far the most that we have raised so far. The amount will be divided equally between the two charities selected this year: Simon on the Streets and Singing for the Brain.
Philippa Jennings conducted us for the first two Fridays in January
(3rd and 10th). She chose
After Barry, we had 3 weeks with David Dawson working on
Then it was Patricia for 3 (2 and a half!) weeks: Feb 28th, March 6th, March 13th. She chose: