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 16/1/22 – new R.A.)
The committee have continued to develop 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.
With the arrival of the Omicron variant of Covid we have needed to review our Risk Assessment, and the committee agreed a new version on 16th Jan 2022* – which is here – DCO RA Issue 16-1-22.approved. You need to read this and be sure you are happy with the precautions we have identified in it before coming to rehearsal.
(*The previous version is HERE).
Spring 2022 Programme (updated 14/1/22)
After our Christmas break we re-commence rehearsals on Monday 10th January 2022 and continue weekly until 21st March, then a final rehearsal on Friday 25th March at DLT before the Spring Concert on Saturday 26th March, provisionally at Beeston Parish Church. We are delighted that after a 2-year pandemic-enforced delay, we can include in this programme the Elgar Cello concerto with soloist Danushka Edirisinghe which we had intended to perform in March 2020. 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.
The programme includes two other pieces as shown below, and links to download the Manuscript from IMSLP or to follow a performance on YouTube are also included. .
- Rimsky-Korsakov, Fantasia on Serbian Themes (9 minutes) (manuscript, YouTube)
- Elgar Cello Concerto with soloist Danushka Edirisinghe (30 minutes) (manuscript; YouTube – all movements with score, movement 2, movement 3, movement 4)
- Sibelius Symphony No 2 (45 minutes) (manuscript, YouTube – All with score, movement 2, movement 3, movement 4)
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
Summer 2022 Folk theme (Provisional date 9th July 2022)
- 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 (Provisional date 10th Dec 2022)
- 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). From 1st Nov 2021, subs return to their previous level of £100 per year. 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. Each member of the committee has specific roles, as shown below.