This page contains info for Orchestra Members only. If you are not a member, we suggest looking at the Home Page or a section of Our Past for info for you
Covid-19 statement (Updated 29/08/21)
The committee have been developing plans to minimise risks from Covid-19. It appears Covid will be part of lives for the foreseeable future so these are now ‘the new normal’ rather than temporary plans – and are therefore embedded in the general info below rather than in a ‘temporary plans’ section. These are all based on our risk assessment, produced by the committee (with special thanks to Cath and Susan), which can be seen HERE. You need to read this and be sure you are happy with the precautions we have identified in it before coming to rehearsal.
A separate risk assessment will be produced for concert performances as the circumstances will be different.
Autumn 2021 programme (Updated 8/10/21)
Rehearsals for full orchestra started on Mon 6th September and will continue weekly until Dec 13th. Our concert is on Sat 4th December at Kingswood Methodist church in Wollaton (subject to the Covid-19 situation at the time) – so keep the date clear.
Our musical progamme is below. Music for most pieces is provided at the rehearsals – but links to IMSLP are provided where available (links to YouTube performances are also provided (although these come with a warning that their interpretation may differ from ours).
Badelt: Pirates of the Caribean (Not on IMSLP) (YouTube)
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (Not on IMSLP) (YouTube)
The rehearsal schedule is as follows but may be subject to change
- September 13th: Swan Lake; Academic Festival Overture; Pirates
- September 20th: Swan Lake; Finlandia; Academic Festival Overture
- September 27th: Swan Lake; Academic Festival Overture
- October 4th: Swan Lake – up to and including Mazurka
- October 11th: Finlandia Corners of everything (with Steve); Fanfare for the Common Man (with Dan)
- October 18th: Swan Lake 6. Scene (finale); Academic Festival Overture; Pirates
- October 25th: Swan Lake – 5 (Hongraise); 6 (Espagnole); 7 (Napolitaine); 8 (Mazurka)
- November 1st: Swan Lake 2( (Waltz); Corners of everything (with Steve); Fanfare for the Common Man (with Dan)
- November 8th: Swan Lake – all
- November 15th: Swan Lake – tricky corners; Academic Festival Overture; Finlandia; Pirates
- November 22nd: Swan Lake – tricky corners; Corners of everything (with Steve); Fanfare for the Common Man (with Dan)
- November 29th: Academic Festival Overture; Finlandia; Pirates
- December 3rd: All repertoire
- December 4th: Concert Day Kingswood Methodist, Wollaton Afternoon rehearsal 2.30 p.m.
- December 13th: Repertoire TBC
- Christmas Break
- January 10th 2022: Re-start rehearsals
Rehearsals Procedures (Updated 28/09/21)
Rehearsals are held in the Theatre building at the Sherwood Rise site of the Djanogly Learning Trust, NG7 7AR (See map) on Monday evenings.
- Members MUST stay away if they have a positive test, have been in contact with anyone testing positive, have been asked to isolate for any reason; or have any symptoms which might be indicative of Covid. We encourage members to take a home lateral flow test before rehearsals for the benefit of others.
- Rehearsals start at 7.00, but Members are asked not to arrive before 6.45 as nominated Monitors need time to set the theatre up for our use. On arrival members will be signed in.
- Face coverings should be worn for entry (unless exempt). They may be remove when seated, but should be put on when standing or moving about.
- Keep you belongings at your chair; and keep a social distance of at least 1m.
- Strings who wish to sit singly rather than at ‘desks’ need their own stand and music
- Wind players need a means of collecting drips, and are asked to consider using bell covers.
- We have a break at ‘half time’ for which you may bring your own refreshments. You are encouraged to stay at your seat an not mingle.
- Rehearsal will finish about 9.15 to give time to tidy away.
- If you – or a member of your household – tests positive within 2 days of a rehearsal you must inform Jacky immediately so track and trace can be invoked.
- In the event the the rehearsal has to be moved from the Theatre to another room, we have no control over the level of ventilation available, and members need to make their own decision whether to stay.
Provisional Programme for later in the year
- Rimsky-Korsakov, Fantasia on Serbian Themes (9 minutes) (manuscript)
- Elgar Cello Concerto with Danushka Edirisinghe (30 minutes) (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.)
- Sibelius Symphony No 2 (45 minutes) (manuscript)
Summer 2022 Folk theme
- Vaughan Williams Folk Song Suite (15 minutes) (no Manuscript; Youtube)
- Holst A Somerset Rhapsody (11 minutes) (Manuscript; Youtube)
- Ben’s Piece (Commission) (10 minutes)
- Dvorak Symphony No 8 (37 minutes) (Manuscript ; Youtube)
Autumn 2022 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 (45 minute) (Manuscript; Youtube)
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 (please contact the treasurer, Roger Kilby, for standing order information). For 2020/21, subs are £60 per year. They will return to their pre-Covid level of £100 per year for 2021/22. The 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. Management and planning is through our committee (You can read Minutes of our meetings and AGM; contact the Enquiries for a password). Each member of the committee has specific roles, as shown below.