February 2022 Newsletter

Having now resumed rehearsals following the half-term break, we will be continuing to work on the music that will be performed by each of our sections at our May concerts. With there being just seven Saturday rehearsals remaining before the first night of the concerts, we would ask that our members make every effort to attend these rehearsals so that the high standard of performances, that have been enjoyed by audiences at our May concerts in the past, are maintained.


May Concerts 2022

As previously advised, the concerts with be taking place at Camberley Theatre in the evenings of Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May. Details regarding times of attendance for our members will be circulated nearer the date.


We have just met with the Manager of Camberley Theatre to confirm the concert booking arrangements and we will shortly be circulating a separate letter to the members and parents giving details of when tickets will be available to purchase through the theatre box office. The plan is for these to be available online, by telephone and by visiting the theatre.


CYWO Member's Advisory Group - Senior Section Initially

Earlier in the term we were pleased to consult with the members of the Senior Section to jointly choose music to play for the year and to plan our concert programme together.

Building on the success of this we would like to set up a Member's Advisory Group to give us ideas for the kind of orchestra activity that they would like to see in the future. This could be about repertoire but also regarding rehearsals, concert opportunities, social events etc.

We would like to invite members of the senior section to email Brian (brian.hopper@cywo.org.uk) to express an interest to join our first member's panel. The idea would be that we would meet about once a term for half an hour or so after a Saturday rehearsal to discuss the current plans and to get feedback on how things are going and what else we may be able to do.


We are starting this process with the Senior Section, but over time would want to involve all three sections.


If we get too many members for one group, we will just offer some additional meetings or would swap the group around on a termly basis. It is important to us that everybody gets the chance to be involved. We will organise our first meeting at the start of the summer term so if you would like to be involved please email Brian by March 15th.


Rehearsal Attendance

We would like to remind our members that rehearsals start at the time scheduled (9.00am Seniors, 11.00am Juniors and Intermediates). This means we would expect members to arrive ahead of this time, so that they can be ready to commence the rehearsal on time.


Late arrivals can be disruptive to the group and valuable rehearsal time lost due to the distraction. As stated above, the coming weeks of rehearsals will be important and your co-operation regarding timely attendance would be very much appreciated.


Rehearsal & Concert dates

We will be continuing Saturday rehearsals for the second half of the Spring term at the same times as the first half. Any changes for the Summer term will be advised at a later date.


The remaining rehearsal dates for the Spring term and rehearsal dates for the Summer term are shown below:-

  • Senior Section - 9.00am to 10.45am

  • Intermediate Section - 11.00am to 12.45pm

  • Junior Section - 11.00am to 12.45pm

The rehearsal Saturdays during the Spring Term 2022 will be as follows:-

  • 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March

The rehearsal Saturdays during the Summer Term 2022 will be as follows:-

  • 23rd & 30th April

  • 7th & 21st May

  • 11th, 18th & 25th June

  • 2nd, 9th & 16th July

May Concerts 2022 – Camberley Theatre

  • 13th &14th May

If you have any queries with regards to the information provided above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Brian Hopper

Chair


brian.hopper@cywo.org.uk

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