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Uppingham Summer Music School

CSSM instrumental invitation 2018

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Sacconi Chamber Music Festival

To download details of this prestigious festival in Folkestone which runs from Friday 18th May 2018 to Sunday 20th May, click Sacconi_Flyer_2018

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Barn Dance

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Spring Concert

Today’s Spring Concert was a slightly poignant affair, as Wes Carroll’s last (probably!) concert with us. We abandoned Hall of the Mountain King as needing more work, but made good our promise to perform Hugo Cole’s Black Lion Dances, which was well received despite the odd mischance. One of the advantages of playing a little known piece is that it is little known – so no one knows if there are any mistakes! Unfortunately the composer’s daughter was unable to be with us after all – though it was a big ask for her to come from Oxford for a 20 minute performance!

Gilbert and Sullivan were played as they ought to be – by an amateur orchestra: always more fun! We welcomed the arrival of Gill Booker, our new conductor for next term, in the audience. It is with a sense of gratitude and relief that we are now secure for next term, and all being well further into the future.

Our parting gift to Wes was a contribution from our audience of £170 towards the Hythe Salvation Army’s trip to Africa to help some disadvantaged villages. A truly generous donation from friends and family.

We start our next term on St. George’s Day. Have a very good Easter Holiday everyone!

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Update on changes

Following last evening’s rehearsal to which the brave turned turned out despite the snow, further news became available about the rest of this term and on into the future. Les Lake ably took us through some of our pieces last night, but for the next two rehearsals Wes will be rejoining us. Les is then available for the next two weeks, but following further discussion about the concert date, and Wes’s discovery that he will be available on 25th it was decided to revert to the original date, thus addressing Hon. Sec’s concerns.

I am awaiting final confirmation from Wes that he will be able to lead a concert on 25 March. He has also kindly offered to circulate all his contacts in the conducting world to see if anyone is available to take on the post in the future.

Finally, it was suggested that it would be nice to have a larger audience than previously. To that end, it was agreed that everyone should take responsibility for inviting friends and family, and that the committee members would look to advertise the forthcoming event.

I’m off skiing, so have fun, enjoy the weather and see you all in 3 weeks!

Roger

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The times they are a-changing…

In the words of Bob Dylan, we are making a few changes at Ashford Sinfonia. Our conductor of 9 years, Wes Carroll, has had major changes in his day job, which represent a temporary step up, with the future undecided. In addition to running Hythe Salvation Army Band, a Community Choir and a large family, he is now acting Head of Folkestone Academy, and is finding the limits of his time and energy.

We have therefore, at Wes’s request and with his help, introduced an experienced professional to help conduct the Orchestra, in the person of Les Lake. Les has a wide experience of playing in major orchestras, and runs Hythe Town Band. He will be sharing his Monday evenings between us and Folkestone and Hythe Choral Society for the rest of this term.

As a result, we have had to change the date of our Spring Concert, which will now be a less formal event on Monday evening, 26th March. Families and friends will be welcome!

So as of this evening, we welcome Les Lake to Ashford Sinfonia, and hope he will enjoy working with us. We bid Wes au revoir and wish him success and happiness in his new post, and thank him for his energy, humour and professional dedication over the last near decade. Dare we hope to see him back again?

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