This page contains info for Orchestra Members only. If you are not a member, we suggest looking at the Home or Achievements pages for info for you
Our activity remains on hold while Coronavirus pandemic restrictions are in place. Your committe has been working hard to try to re-establish some form of playing as soon as possible. From August the Government guidance on the Performing Arts was relaxed so that amateur musical groups could meet and rehearse again (including wind players) provided that strict social distaincinbg was maintained. Since then , the committee has been working hard to develop a detailed Risk Assessment and liaising with the DLT – and plans were nearing fruition. Then the Sept 9th Announcement and ‘rule of six’ has put it all in doubt again. We are awaiting advice from Making Music and will update you as soon as we have revised the plans.
When we do re-start rehearsals we know that some members may feel unable to attend – perhaps because they are shielding, living with a vulnerable person, feel at risk, or self isolating. We understand this and want to assure you that we will hold your place in the orchestra for you until better times. If you are unsure of your personal level of risk this self-assessment tool issued by the BMA may be of help.
Please keep an eye on our Facebook page where you will find snippets of news about us as things develop, and light hearted stuff to keep those in facebook and our other followers aware that we haven’t gone away!
Also, the committee is exploring more creative ways we can keep in touch and work together. We are keen for suggestions from members, so if you have any ideas, please get in touch using the info on the Contact page.
We will notify members by updating this page and by email when the situation becomes clearer.
We had a full year plan for concerts before Lockdown, and although it is now all on hold, we list the programmes with links to manuscript and YouTube performances so you can play your part alongside a performance if you wish.
Cancelled from 28th March 2020:
- Tchaikovsky – Polonaise from Eugene Onegin (Manuscript see Mvt 19; Youtube)
- Elgar – Three Bavarian Dances (Manuscript; Youtube Dance1 Dance2 Dance3)
- Sibelius – Karelia Suite (Manuscript; Youtube)
- Elgar – Cello Concerto, with soloist Danushka Edirisinghe (Manuscript; Youtube). (Danushka is a member of the NYO and is taught by Ben Davies. In 2019 Danuschka won the Gregynog Young String Player of the Year Award and Leicestershire Lord Lieutenant’s Award – Young Artist of the Year 2019 – for his musical achievements.)
Cancelled from 11 July 2020 (Folk theme)
- Vaughan Williams – Folk Song Suite; (no Manuscript; Youtube)
- Holst – A Somerset Rhapsody; (Manuscript; Youtube)
- New commission from Ben Graves; (no Manuscript or Youtube – obviously!)
- Dvorak – Symphony No 8 (Manuscript ; Youtube)
Planned (but unlikely) for 21 November 2020 (Russian Theme):
- Balakirev – Overture on Three Russian Themes; (No Manuscript; Youtube)
- Mussorgsky – Dawn at the Moskva River; (Manuscript; Youtube)
- Rimsky Korsakov – Trombone Concerto; (No manuscript; Youtube)
- Tchaikovsky – Symphony No 6 (Manuscript; Youtube)
Rehearsals (and refreshment breaks!)
Rehearsals are held in the Theatre building at the Sherwood Rise site of the Djanogly Learning Trust, NG7 7AR (See map) on Monday evenings from 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm. If you are able to arrive a few minutes early to help put out chairs, that is really helpful.
We have a refreshment break at ‘half time’ for which we ask members to bring their own (small) mug. Three members of the Orchestra are rostered each week to provide the refreshment – so please check the Rota to see when you are scheduled.
Membership and Subs
If you are not a member but interested in joining the Orchestra, please see info on the Home page. Members need to be able to come to rehearsals regularly – as frequent gaps make it less enjoyable for other players.
Subs should be paid by standing order – either annually in January; or quarterly in November, February, May and August. Currently they are £100 per year (Please contact the treasurer, Roger Kilby, for standing order information). One exception is that membership for a full-time student is free – so don’t forget to tell Roger if you already are (or if you become) a student!
Our orchestra is a registered charity (Charity No. 1084053) and our structure is defined in the DCO constitution. Day-to-day management is by our committee – each member of which has specific roles, as shown below. Orchestra Members can read Minutes from committee meetings and AGM (contact the Enquiries for a password).