At last we have approval to recommence live music! As of Monday 19th July we will have 3 rehearsals at our usual time of 7.30pm – perhaps best to arrive before 7.15pm to get settled in.
Please do not attend rehearsals if you have any symptoms of Covid19 – fever, new continuous cough, change or loss of sensation of smell or taste (among others!).
We will take a register of attendees and Roger will sign into the church register on behalf of all of us. This will avoid broadcasting everyone’s details! Sanitiser will be available, and we will aim to space ourselves at least 1m apart. The church team will clean the chairs on Tuesday morning.
Many thanks to Gill for agreeing to these rehearsals, and to Libby and the church team for putting up with my calls!
As usual, please bring your own music stand – even if you normally share a desk.
We had hoped to restart meetings on 4th July, but unfortunately the delta variant of Covid is now causing concern and the release from lockdown has been put off until at least 19th July. In consultation with our hosts at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, we were offered either half orchestra rehearsals (maximum of 15 people with full Covid safety precautions) or to wait until 19th. There was also a suggestion from some of our members that we wait until September.
On 28th June we had an outdoor social event, which was a pleasant evening even if lacking in sunshine! At that meeting our conductor and Music Director said she was still happy to do rehearsals on 19th and 26th July, and on 2nd August – and as agreed we would be playing not-too-difficult music we are familiar with so that we can get back into the swing of playing together without feeling pressured.
So, subject to agreement with the church management, and the release of lockdown on the right date, those present agreed that that is what we will do. Fingers crossed!
Well, the end of Lockdown certainly seems to be coming into view. A brilliant well done to scientists all over the globe for spectacular speed in developing vaccines, and to the entire infrastructure which has managed to vaccinate so many of us and start to bring this dreadful virus under control.
We are shortly to have a committee meeting to plan our return to meetings, and look forward to hearing from our beautiful venue’s management team as to when we can use the church again. Spare a thought for them though – they have been playing a full part in helping the community of Willesborough following the explosion which saw many evacuated to the church while homes were made safe.
We will, of course, keep our members informed as soon as any changes occur, and thank you to those who completed the on line questionnaire, our first step in resuming activity. Meanwhile, please have a look at the concert notice below – you will recognise Emmanuel Webb as our gifted soloist from RVW’s “Lark Ascending”.
Hi, I hope this email will find you and your music ensemble.My name is Tamaki Higashi, and I am the violinist of the Villiers Quartet, the resident ensemble of JDP music building and St Hilda’s College at University of Oxford. In this pandemic, just the same way with many musicians in this country, we are affected for lack of any live performances. And we decided to create our own VQ Discovery: Beethoven Edition – online string quartet course on Beethoven quartets. Is it specially tailored for amateur musicians who would be missing playing together regularly for orchestra and chamber music. It is a three months course in October, November and January( to have a Christmas break!), and we will uncover the same repertoire all together – Op18/1, Op59/3 and Op135. I will be grateful if you could pass the message to your members. The course will be run on Zooms. The course members will get the parts/music of the Villiers Quartet and will get practice audio track upon registration. OP18/1 course will run during October 12-28. The course fee is £125/1 month or £300/3 months.Anybody who is interested, simply can sign up at our website: www.villiersquartet/com/VQDiscovery
I will be so grateful if you can pass this information to the members of your group. Alternatively, anybody can contact me directly as I am the contact window for this project. Thanks and all the best wishes.
Received today by email and published for the interest of all!
Our friends and colleagues Geoff Bassoon and David Horn came up with the idea of a virtual performance during lockdown, and came up with a short video. Unfortunately I can’t download the video, but those interested should be able to follow this link:
Looking back three terms, September 2019 seems like a lifetime ago. Our first project this academic year was to work with the community choir towards another successful Christmas concert at Revelation St Marys. I think this a wonderful event which will continue to grow and improve if members are happy to continue the partnership. The Sound of Music Medley was a very special highlight and it is fantastic to be able to raise so much money for charity while working with the choir. This is what community music-making is all about in every respect in my opinion. We will of course have to wait and see what next term brings but the venue has already been booked (pre covid) for a repeat event on 7th December 2020. We will have to watch this space with tightly crossed fingers.
During the Spring term I enjoyed (and I hope the players did too!) working towards another repertoire of dances with the Kachaturian being my own personal favourite. I felt the growing of confidence and ensemble within the orchestra as we tackled these pieces. As we are all far too well aware, the concert did not take place. When we are able to meet again we will revisit these pieces and give them the performance they deserve.
The bizarre and challenging nature of the last 6 months has cemented in my own mind the importance of making music as an ensemble. I have missed it enormously! While we must wait to restart safely, I have no doubt that we will be back with gusto when allowed to do so. There may well be people who have restarted instruments as a result of lockdown who will be looking for a group to join too. In September I will send out some more music to keep you busy if you would like to begin work on these and get a head start for when we are able to rehearse again.
I cannot wait to return, rehearse, perform and enjoy music together again. Until then I hope you all stay safe and are finding time to keep playing.