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
Pandemic Progress: we’re (virtually) back!
The Listening Project
For the current lockdown and probably for some time afterwards we will be unable to rehearse together at the DLT. So, instead of rehearsing we are meeting each Monday on Zoom – for sessions we have titled The Listening Project. These are sessions led by Dan where he is exploring music which particularly speaks to him. Some pieces may be familiar to you while others will be new – the subject of each session is not announced beforehand so it will be a surprise. Some session may offer the opportunity to play along, and for these you will get advance notice so you can print off any music needed. We are also planning a Christmas Special for Dec 14th! Information to connect to the Zoom meetings has been sent out by Jacky; if you need a reminder please email her.
We look forward to seeing you all when we can rehearse together – but until the we look forward to meeting on Zoom!
Alison Raju remembered
It is with great sadness that we record the loss of Alison on Monday 2nd Nov after a long period in care. Alison was a former horn player with the orchestra, and spent a number of years as one of the Librarians for the orchestra. This eulogy by ‘The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome’ shows just what an astonishing and varied life Alison led and is well worth reading.
We had a full year plan for concerts for 2020 before the March Lockdown – but as you know all had to be cancelled. Until the situation is clearer, we are not planning future concerts, but hope to be able to use some of the pieces we would have played, when we do. Below we list what the programmes would have been, along 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)
Cancelled from 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 – when they resume – 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 can arrive early to help put out chairs, that is really helpful.
- We have a refreshment break at ‘half time’ for which we provide tea/coffee but members need to bring their own mug. We have a rota for members of the Orchestra to serve the refreshments – so please check 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. For 2020/21, subs are £60 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. 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.