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October 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our second Newsletter of the Autumn Term.

Firstly, a reminder there are no rehearsals on Saturday 2 October. Our next rehearsals will be on Saturday 9 October - 9.00am to 10.45am for the Senior Section and 11.00am to 12.45pm for Intermediate and Junior Sections.

We are now three weeks into our ten week rehearsal schedule for the term and it has been good to have face to face rehearsals on each of the Saturdays, even with the changes. (These enable us to meet the latest Surrey Arts Covid related safeguarding guidelines, including the one metre distance rule.)

We will continue to liaise with Surrey Arts and look to resume normal timings (9.30am to 12.00noon) for Saturday morning rehearsals for all three sections as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.


If a parent should find themselves delayed in collecting their son/daughter after a Saturday Morning rehearsal, can they please telephone either 07803 702320 or 07788 561241 so we can ensure that we make appropriate arrangements to look after their son/daughter until they arrive to collect them. Thank you.


An important element in the operation of our Orchestra is the role our Logistics Team plays, both on Saturday mornings to help with the movement of percussion equipment pre and post rehearsals and also in supporting public performances by the Orchestra. Currently, members of the Team are also providing help with the management of parking at the school on a Saturday morning.

The Team is made up of parents of current members of the Orchestra, with there being an ongoing need for us to review the number of parents in the Team when some leave because their son/daughter have ceased to be members of the Orchestra.

We now need to recruit some new parents to join the Team to replace those that have left. At the moment we need help to move percussion into place prior to rehearsals starting at 9.00am and then returning the percussion to storage at 12.45pm. And whilst the current arrangements continue, help is needed in supervising the car park.

If any parent is able to provide support to our Logistics Team, please contact our Logistics Team Lead, Tony Montgomery via the "Contact Us" form on our website or directly (07722 919112/


We have previously requested that any unwanted CYWO music be returned, particularly when an Orchestra member changes sections. Can we please ask that members of our Intermediate and Senior Sections who still have music from their previous section bring it to the next rehearsal so that it can be returned to our music library. Thank you.


We have been contacted by a parent of a member of our Junior Section who, because or work commitments, may not be able to transport their son to rehearsals on some Saturdays and has asked if anyone can help in this regard. Help will not be required on a regular basis and the parent will be able to collect. The Orchestra member lives in Winterbourne Walk, Frimley and, if anyone lives near to this address and is willing to help, please let us know via and we will arrange for parent contact details to be provided.


Can we please remind everyone that any anticipated absence from a rehearsal should be reported via the 'Absence Notification' link in the 'Contact Us' section of the 'Home Page' of our web site . This can include absence on the morning of rehearsal due to sickness. If absences are known, then our Musical Directors can then make adjustment to the rehearsal programme if necessary. Thank you.


We have been contacted by the parents of a former member of our Senior Section who have decided to offer their son's euphonium for sale to anyone who would be interested in owning their own good quality instrument.

The instrument is a John Packer JP274L Mk11 Euphonium Bb 4 valve (brass lacquer) and if anyone wishes to make further enquiries about this instrument, please email so that contact details for the seller can then be provided.


  • 9th & 16th October 2021 (There will not be a rehearsal on Saturday 2nd October)

  • 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th November 2021

  • 4th December 2021

  • 10th & 11th December 2021 – Christmas Concerts, High Cross Church. Camberley (Intermediates & Seniors)

  • 11th December 2021 – Christmas Coffee Morning, Cordwalles School, Camberley (Juniors).

  • 13th &14th May 2022 – Spring Concerts at Camberley Theatre (All 3 Sections)

Brian Hopper


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