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November 2023 Newsletter

Christmas is nearly upon us and all 3 sections are working hard to finalise their performances for the Christmas Concerts!

Congratulations again to the CYWO Seniors for raising a huge £1051.96 for Children in Need on Saturday 18th November.

The Seniors and Intermediates will be performing at High Cross Church on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December, whilst the Juniors will be giving a Christmas Performance to family and friends at Cordwalles on the morning of Saturday 9th December.

Please note that there are no CYWO rehearsals for the Senior or Intermediate Sections at Cordwalles during the morning of Saturday 9th December. Lessons will still be taking place at Cordwalles on Saturday 9th December as normal.

Arrangements for all the concerts have already been sent to parents – if you have not received this information please contact

Staffing Updates

As you are aware we have a number of staff leaving the orchestras at the end of term. Recruitment for these posts has been progressing and we are excited to welcome several interview candidates to Cordwalles on Saturday 2nd December to interview for the positions of Musical Director for the Senior and Intermediate Sections, as well as Brass tutor for the Intermediate Sections. Following the interviews, we will send an update regarding staffing for January.

Christmas Concert Tickets: High Cross Church, Camberley - Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December 2023 

Tickets for the upcoming Christmas Concerts are still available to purchase. The price of concert tickets this year is £10 each which includes refreshments during the interval including tea, coffee and mince pies! Junior Section members can attend the concert for free with a parent.  

Please send orders for tickets by email to Alternatively, tickets can be ordered at rehearsals on a Saturday morning at Reception.

Ticket Payment 

Payment for tickets should be made prior to, or at the time of, collection of tickets by bank transfer with these details: 

  • Name - Friends of CYWO 

  • Account type: Business Account 

  • Sort Code - 40-08-21 

  • Account Number - 8125 7544 

Alternatively, you can pay by cash or cheque – please bring to Cordwalles Reception in a labelled envelope. 

Collecting Tickets

Please collect tickets from Reception before or after rehearsals. Tickets can also be sent home with members - please communicate this when you order!

Christmas Concert Raffle 

Our concert raffles help us to raise funds for the CYWO Friends Committee who support the Orchestra and all of its activities! In advance of our December concerts we would very much welcome the donation of any prizes. Please bring your donations to the rehearsal this weekend. Raffle tickets will be sold on the night, so please stop by our raffle table in the lobby of the church to purchase your tickets when you arrive, or during the interval! 

Update from the Chair of the CYWO Friends Committee

Hi everyone,

I thought that I would introduce myself as the new chair for CYWO’s Friends Committee. As many of you will know, Linda has been our chair for quite a few years, working closely with Brian, to provide a warm and friendly point of contact for the many friends and volunteers that give up their time behind the scenes to help CYWO run smoothly on Saturdays, at play outs and on international tours. Linda has excelled at keeping the ship sailing, overseeing a myriad of activities which has included, music library, logistics, website, finance, children support, playout planning, raffles, and the all-important refreshments. Over the years, Linda has made this look easy, so you can imagine, there is more than a little trepidation in stepping into this role.

Like many of our volunteers, I first became involved in CYWO because of my daughter who played in the orchestra. I started in logistics, helping to set out the percussion on Saturdays and at playouts and concerts. My daughter subsequently left the orchestra when she left school, but I stayed on the logistic team and found a new way to participate. Inspired by the fun that the children were having on playouts, and the example set by a fellow logistics volunteer, I started to learn a musical instrument. Now I help out/hinder the junior section on Saturdays.

CYWO is about the children getting together to make music and friends, while having fun. Volunteers are a big part of making this happen. So, if you have ever thought about helping, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have lots of different roles that you can play, some small, some large, but all needed.

With best wishes



We would like to apologise for any upset caused regarding remembrance on the 11th November in respect of observing the 2 minutes silence. Unfortunately this was a miscommunication and protocol for future years will be addressed.

Surrey Arts Ensemble Review

At Surrey Arts we are on a journey of transformation to make our offer relevant for young people, inclusive and diverse so that Surrey is a vibrant musical county . As part of that work we are undertaking a large review of all of our ensemble provision. In order to help inform this we are shortly going to be sending a survey out to all ensemble members. We would value your feedback so please do take the time to fill this in.

Funding Success

I am thrilled to let you know that I have been successful in applying for funding from Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Arts Culture and Heritage Fund to help kick-start additional music activity on a Saturday morning at Cordwalles. More details to follow!

Drum Kit Free to a good home

6 piece drum set from CB drums, includes 2 stools - one for the drummer and one for tutor. Also includes the floor mat. The bass drumhead is a bit dented (but not pierced) so would probably need replacing.

If you are interested in this, please contact and I will put you in touch with the current owner!

Future Dates:

  • First January Rehearsal: 6th January

  • Open Rehearsal: 13th January

  • Concerts: Saturday 18th May – Concert for all 3 sections at Camberley Theatre

Cordwalles Number: 07977457815

Kind regards,

Samantha Hadingham

Deputy Area Manager (North)

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