CAO Spring  Term 2017 e-letter 2

1)Thanks to all who attended our first rehearsal of the Spring Term on Thursday 5th January –‘ a good start indeed’

Thanks ,too, to the players that have sent emails( as per recent eletter copied below) confirming rehearsal dates that they know they will not be able to attend this term. Please always do this rather than passing a message on verbally. It is vital for planning our rehearsals.

A strong plea to players who cannot attend a particular rehearsal to send one email ASAP to  Andrew Sargent (asargent164@btinternet.com  ),and cc David Cowell (mrmischief2444@aol.com  07939 502340), the leader  Andy Tsao (yuchuan0311@gmail.com)and our MD Peter Fender (peterfender@hotmail.com ) -especially where it is known in advance- please check with the ten rehearsal dates. If something has come up at the last minute then a text to David as well as an email to all is acceptable and better than nobody knowing!’

Woodwind and Brass sections are expected to additionally let their principal know ( make sure you have their e-mail and telephone no )and name the Dep who you have arranged to take your place -where possible ( a list of possible dep’s is available from your section’s principal)

Spring Term 2017  Concert Day  Sunday 19 March 2017 7:30pm (Rehearsal from 2:30pm)

Rehearsal # 1           5 January 2017

#2            12 January 2017

                                #3            19 January 2017

                                #4            26 January 2017

                                #5            2 February 2017

                                #6            9 February 2017

Half Term 16 February 2017

                                #7            23 February 2017

                                #8            2 March 2017

                                #9            9 March 2017

                               #10               16 March 2017

 

2)Next rehearsal Thursday 12th January

 Is slightly different from normal but will take place in the warmth of the Crypt:

7:45-8:15 Wind only Strauss . The music has been ordered but hasn’t arrived yet. Please print off relevant instrument part and bring  a copy to the rehearsal using the link below( should be foc.)

Strauss: Serenade in Eb (Op. 7) for wind

http://imslp.org/wiki/Serenade_in_E-flat_major,_Op.7_(Strauss,_Richard)  access for private study only

8:15-8:45 Everyone

8:45-9:00 Tea Break organised by Oboe section

9:00- 9:30 Everyone

9:30- 10 Strings only –Bach

 

3)Orchestral Workshop at St Mary Magdalene’s Church

 Will focus on late Classical/Early Romantic Style Performance

Date/Time   Saturday 4th March 2017 10am -5pm (subject to confirmation)  but probably

MD Peter Fender

Leader TBC

Music :available on IMSLP

Vorisek: Symphony in D (1823)

Haydn: Symphony No 99

Cost TBC

Please give an indication at Thursday’s rehearsal  that you will  attend.

 

Best wishes

The CAO Team

 

 

Winter Term 2016

Hi All

Hope you’ve had a lovely summer and Bank Holiday!

Contents

1  Concert and rehearsal dates; prompt rehearsal starts     

2 CAO Website                                                                                                    

3 Play Day at St Mary Magdalene, Munster Square        

4  Extra violin support

5 Music for Autumn Term 2016                                                      

6 Absence from rehearsals

7 Recruitment and Concert Posters

8 Tea break duty

9 Social

                                   

 

1 The coming Academic Year promises to be an exciting one for CAO with fantastic music , Peter Fender as  MD and Andy Tsao to continue as CAO’s Leader for the Autumn Term 2016 until Abi returns as leader in 2017. The dates of the concerts and rehearsals have already been given but are attached again to enable diaries to be updated! Our first rehearsal for this term is Thursday 8th September 2016 as usual starting promptly at 7:45 pm tuned and ready to begin (the Crypt is usually open at 7pm and normally we have access to the church from 7:30 pm).

Peter will provide a rehearsal schedule for the Autumn Term which will be revised as necessary but please collect a hard copy and  check the website and your mail box for this.

2 Website- Thank you once again Lee for updating this and Cindy for Facebook. Basic info is posted on the website so that it is  available to members  including payment details of fees (by the fourth rehearsal please 29 September ) etc.. The password was given out last term but will be repeated verbally at the first rehearsal! We managed to get a group photo of the orchestra in July so do look.

If you have any comments or suggestions about any aspect of the website or Facebook page please do let the CAO Team know.

 

3 CAO String Play Day 1st October 2016 at St Mary Magdalene’s Munster Square

Conductor: Peter Fender

Leader: Mario Basilisco

Music    Grieg: Holberg Suite and Glazunov:Theme and Variations

Times  10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm (finishing with a play through of the music to which friends & family are invited)

Cost £20 (£15 concessions)

All string players will have a separate reminder e-mail  but it is hoped that all CAO members will  invite as many string playing friends as possible and  CAO’s regular string players will attend .  Please register your interest at the first rehearsal with David.

 

4 Extra violin tuition  Last term Andy  sent the following message to all CAO violinists ‘ I would like to offer individual/lesson to the violin members in order to work through their parts for the coming concert and clear  doubts about technical problems . I would like all the members to feel that they can truly enjoy the experience and all the support’s there when they need some ‘. Additional violin tuition may be available again in the Crypt from 6:30 pm prior to the rehearsals depending upon the response . ( Please respond by email direct to Andy (yuchuan0311@gmail.com )ASAP if you wish to avail yourself once more of Andy’s kind offer)

 

5 Music Library Matters

Borrowing items from the CAO music library
If you require to borrow CAO music this term because you will make markings and edits on these during rehearsals and need to refer to these during practice sessions at home, please kindly record these borrowings in the relevant folder. If your part is covered by a dep. at any rehearsal, please ensure that music is in the church for this person.

Printing practice copies of music for this term
If you are able to print your own practice copies of the Rameau and Mozart pieces, for use at home, from the imslp website, and leave the orchestra copies in the church, this would be helpful. Here are the imslp links. On the website, click on Sheet Music > Parts and then navigate to your instrument:

Rameau: Ballet Suite (arr Mottl)
http://imslp.org/wiki/Rameau_Ballet_Suite_(Rameau,_Jean-Philippe)

Mozart: Double Piano Concerto in E-flat major, No.10 (K.365/316a)
http://imslp.org/wiki/Piano_Concerto_No.10_in_E-flat_major,_K.365/316a_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)

Soloists for the Mozart double piano concerto will be Petros Moschos and Dimitris Karydis.

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.2 in A minor (Op. 55)
The parts for this piece are not available online. The music will be on loan to the orchestra, and available from the first rehearsal of 08 Sept 2016.
As with all parts borrowed from the orchestra by Members, the borrowing and returning of items must be recorded. If you are able to limit the borrowing of your part to 1 week (in order to create a copy for home practice), this would be helpful.
Members must return all parts to the  orchestra immediately after the concert of 27 Nov. If any parts are not returned undamaged, the orchestra will be liable for the replacement cost of these. (Photocopies will not be acceptable as replacements.)

With warm wishes for a splendid and happy term of music making

Sarah Walker
Music Librarian
CAO

 

 

6 Absence from rehearsals

In addition to that stated in the Etiquette section a strong plea to players to send one email ASAP to  Andrew Sargent (asargent164@btinternet.com  ),and cc David Cowell (mrmischief2444@aol.com  07939 502340), Andy Tsao(yuchuan0311@gmail.com ) and Peter Fender (peterfender@hotmail.com ) if you cannot attend -especially where you know in advance- check the Member’s schedule page for the ten rehearsal dates. Woodwind and Brass sections are expected to additionally let their principal know and name the Dep who you have  arranged to take your place -where possible. If something has come up at the last minute then a text to David as well as an email to all is ok.

 

7 Recruitment

We welcome a number of new string players this term but more are always welcome !

 

8 Tea break duty

In the order of rehearsals to be organised by 1 Clarinets,2 Oboes,3 Flutes,4 Bassoons, 5 Horns 6 violins 7 cellos,8 Clarinets Oboes ,10 Flutes ; Concert Day Clarinets. An aide- memoire is available from David for the uninitiated !

9 Social

Everyone is invited to the local pub after rehearsals !

 

Many thanks and see you on  Thursday 8th September

 

The CAO Team

Summer 2016 term

1MD,Leader and soloist ; prompt rehearsal starts

We welcome back both Peter Fender to be CAO’s MD and Andy Tsao to be CAO’s Leader for the Summer Term 2016 . Peter will forward to us a preliminary rehearsal schedule for the whole term which will be revised as necessary so please check the website and your mail box for this. Unfortunately, Abi has stepped down as Leader this term for personal reasons, but we are very happy to announce Andy Tsao will fill her expert shoes . Our soloist for the piano concerto will be Emma Walker whose details will be posted on the website when received.

Of course we will want to learn as much as possible from our professionals and this can only be achieved by starting promptly at 7:45 pm tuned and ready to begin rehearsals. To this end the Crypt is usually open at 7pm and normally we have access to the church from 7:30 pm

 

2 Website- Do check out the new web page. Lee has done a marvellous job . It’s much much more than a spring clean and although he says he still has a few more bits ‘to finish’ it’s definitely getting there in terms of the ‘brochure-ware’ marketing side of things- something that Olsi referred to way back in October 2015. Thank you Lee for this major undertaking .

The photos chosen for the Home page can be regularly updated and an obvious must is a photo of the entire orchestra. Strangely, this has been on the Concert Schedule for the last two terms (immediately before the concert) but has never materialised ! The lighter evenings present an opportunity for a photo by the entrance of the church- but will it happen ?

This e-letter is an attempt to reduce the number of necessary e-mails to members. Part of this strategy is to make more ‘bread and butter’ information available to members via the website. This is mostly available in the protected ‘Members’ section which includes lots of info in the main, schedule, etiquette and Constitution pages including payment of fees by the third rehearsal please etc.. This e-letter will be posted on the News section and some info here is there too. The password was given out last term but will be repeated verbally at the first rehearsal!

If you have any comments or suggestions about any aspect of the website or Facebook page please do let the CAO Team know.

 

3 St Mary Magdalene, Munster Square

Our beautiful venue for rehearsals and performance has a new website and there is a link from the Music section to CAO which I take to indicate that the church are proud to host us. In turn it is also very important that we return the positions of all furniture to that before we arrived and any help you can give to this end will be much appreciated. To assist this a plan of the positions of ‘new’ chairs has been requested from the church and Fr Colin. You may be interested to know that the church is also used for / by the Markson Piano Series, Munster square music live and talent unlimited 

 

4 Music for the forthcoming Summer Term 2016

Borrowing items from the CAO music library

If you require to borrow CAO music this term because you will make markings and edits on these during rehearsals and need to refer to these during practice sessions at home, I would be most grateful if you could record these borrowings in the relevant folder as this would assist me greatly.

Printing practice copies of music for this term

If you are able to print your own practice copies for use at home, from the imslp website, and leave the orchestra copies in the church, this would be helpful. Here are the imslp links. On the website, click on Sheet Music > Parts and then navigate to your instrument:

Ravel – Tombeau de Couperin

http://imslp.org/wiki/Le_tombeau_de_Couperin_(orchestra)_(Ravel,_Maurice)

Mendelssohn – Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor – Op.25

http://imslp.org/wiki/Piano_Concerto_No.1,_Op.25_(Mendelssohn,_Felix)

Beethoven – Symphony No. 2 in D Major – Op. 36

http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2,_Op.36_(Beethoven,_Ludwig_van)

 

With warm wishes

Sarah Walker CAO Music Librarian

 

5 Absence from rehearsals

In addition to that stated in the Etiquette section a strong plea to players to email to let Andrew Sargent (asargent164@btinternet.com ), David Cowell (mrmischief2444@aol.com 07939 502340), Andy Tsao(yuchuan0311@gmail.com ) and Peter Fender (peterfender@hotmail.com )know if you cannot attend -especially where you know in advance- check the Member’s schedule page for the ten rehearsal dates. Woodwind and Brass sections are expected to additionally let their principal know and name the Dep who you have arranged to take your place -where possible. If something has come up at the last minute then a text to David as well as an email to all is ok.

 

6 Recruitment and Concert Posters

Laura has done a fantastic job on both of these and sincere thanks are due for getting these ready so early in the term. The Concert poster just awaits the inclusion of the soloist’s name- Emma Walker ( which has only just been finalised -many thanks to all who were engaged in this activity ) and will follow very shortly to enable us to advertise the summer concert in an unhurried and measured way to maximise our audience. This usually involves all players asking as many friends and family as possible and the poster really helps but with just a little more time to think we could all do more. Lee has even made the purchase of tickets available over the internet (see Next Concert on web page)- but further ideas/suggestions will be gratefully received!

 

Recruitment is such an important issue for us all that the recruitment poster is attached . The wonderful publicity work done by Lee, Laura and Cindy helps us greatly but our brilliant orchestra would be even more fun and exciting with more players . Apart from the financial aspect it opens the possibilities of wider choice of programme for all.

For the Summer Term Peter has said that he regards the desirable size of the string section to be 8 first and 8 second violins, 6 violas and 6 cellos, 2 basses ; additionally we’ll need extras- 1 trumpet, 1 timpanist, 1 harpist, 1 cor anglais,1 piccolo. It’s certainly a challenge to meet these targets if they to be filled by fee paying members of the orchestra not just players ‘on the concert day ‘.

All efforts by Members to recruit and distribute the recruitment flyer are valuable and vital and it’s sensible to do this in a systematic way. Also personal messages to individual people or organisations are more likely to be effective than just sending information out to groups.

It has been suggested that a record is kept of the potential new players that Members have contacted, by what means, on what date etc, in order to get an overview of who we have contacted and to gauge which publicity methods are most effective for recruiting suitable players where required.It has also been suggested that perhaps Members could submit this information by means of addingthis info to a document strategically placed in the tea break, and /or email this info to Andrew Sargent.

So could you begin this process by making a list and actually contacting any person /organisation you can think of who you could contact? Share and thank you so much!

 

7 Tea break duty

In the order of rehearsals to be organised by 1 Clarinets,2 Oboes,3 Flutes,4 Bassoons, 5 Horns 6 violins 7 cellos,8 Clarinets Oboes ,10 Flutes ; Concert Day Clarinets. An aide- memoire is available from David for the uninitiated !

 

8 Social           

Everyone is invited to the local pub after rehearsals but ideas needed for a possible get together-eg picnic in Trafalgar Square for a BP Big Screen event from ROH (weather permitting!), Prom… ideas please!

 

Details for the first two rehearsals in January 2016

We look forward to an exciting term with Matt Jelf as our MD and a  Classical programme :
Le nozze di Figaro K492 Overture,
Schubert’s symphony No.8, in B minor (unfinished)
Schubert’s symphony No 6 D589
Dove Sono from Figaro Act 3 with soprano Helen Winter .
Please see ‘For the Players ‘ for manuscript.
As always rehearsal time is precious and it is intended for the orchestra to set up at 7:30 pm for a prompt 7:45pm start. The rehearsal usually finishes at 9:45pm.

Details for the rehearsal on November 12th

Dear CAO members,

Please find some important information regarding Thursdays rehearsal below. As we have a lot to rehearse in just a few more rehearsals it is more important than ever to start each rehearsal on time and to come with notes prepared. Please come to set up the church at 7.30pm so we can be tuned and ready to start at 7.45. 

Also we will be starting a tea break rota to make sure we have maximum rehearsal time as well as maximum tea and David has kindly agreed to be the first to organise this. Thanks David.

Our schedule for the next 2 weeks will be:

12 November 

7:45-8:30 Beethoven 1st Movement with Anna

8:45-9:45 Brahms Variations 5,6,8 & Finale. Faure Pavanne If we will have time.

19 November

7:45-8:30 Beethoven 2nd & 3rd movements with Anna

8:45-9:45 Faure Pavane, Brahms (I will think what parts to do)

In response to the need for up-to-date photos of the orchestra as mentioned in  Olsi’s meeting  October 22 he asks that as many of us as possible dress in  Concert Day garb at the rehearsal on 12 November. If not possible -no worries and further photos will be taken on December 5 but it’s for the CAO website and Facebook page  changes Lee and Cindy are making-hopefully to assist with  recruitment, where needed, for next term . Olsi will arrange for photos to be taken mostly of sections of the orchestra  . A  recording of Thursday’s rehearsal will be made and an edited version might be added too ! 

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.

All best wishes, Abi, Olsi and David

A wonderful concert and plans for next term and beyond

Dear musicians,

Thanks for a wonderful concert back on 27th and sorry for the delay in sending my thanks. It was a super day and the level of playing at the concert was really excellent. I enjoyed so much hearing the winds playing the Raff and hope that we can build in a regular wind feature so that you are not always hidden behind all us string players!

The new term brings excitement and gorgeous music but also the challenge of finding the right conductor to carry on Thomas’ excellent work and take us to the next level. Please do get in touch with any suggestions of conductors who you think would fit best with us. In the first 2 rehearsals of the term I hope to invite any interested conductors to work with us and to get feedback from the group and then we can decide who to trial for the term.

Our programme this coming term will be Beethoven piano concerto number 5 ”Emperor’ (soloist Anna Tetsuya) and Brahms ‘Haydn variations’.

Rehearsals start on September 10th and our concert is on 21st November.

I will also shortly be emailing any existing members of our focus group as well as musicians who are interested in joining the group to arrange a meet up over a drink so please do get in touch if you would like to be a part of this core group and haven’t expressed an interest yet.

I look forward to another wonderful term in the autumn and in the mean time wish you a restful summer break.

All best wishes, Abi

Our exciting new term starts..

Dear musicians,

Our summer term starts tomorrow (16th April) evening with a lovely programme including arias with our returning soprano soloist Ee Ping, Beethoven’s Fidelio overture, Bizet’s Carmen fantasy for violin with Kamilla Bydlowska (great suggestion Lee), a piece to showcase our winds only tbc and Haydn symphony 104 ‘London’ performed in an unusual way in between the other items.

We look forward to seeing you at 7.45 tomorrow.

Best wishes, Abi and Thomas

Splendid concert!

Dear CAO members!

Congratulations on a splendid concert on Sunday.  There were some beautiful solos and we really captured the lush and subtle textures demanded of the fine French music.  The Russian second half served as a wonderful contrast.  Abi’s lovely playing was sensitively accompanied, even round the tricky corners.  The Schostakovich was near perfect and a terrific way to round off the evening.

Next term we start on the 16th April with our concert on 27th June. Half term break will be on 28th May.  The opera themed programme  will include Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ Overture, a marvelous arrangement of themes from Puccini’s Tosca and a set of Arias or symphonic work yet to be confirmed.

If you have any repertoire requests for our forthcoming seasons please do get in touch. It’s your orchestra so we will include your requests wherever possible.

Have a wonderful Easter break and we look forward to seeing you on 16th March. Or if you can make the orchestra social tomorrow we will meet at Pizza Express at Great Portland Street for 7.30pm. Please get in touch and let us know if you can make it or not and feel free to bring partners and friends. We will continue on to our local pub by the station after dinner so pop along whenever you’re free.

Best wishes, Thomas and Abi

Concert day arrangements

Dear CAO members,
We are looking forward very much to our concert on Sunday. I will forward the poster for you to share via email and social media as soon as I can make it small enough to email. In the mean time it can be taken from our facebook page.
The arrangements for Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon/evening are as follows:
Thursday will be a run of the programme. Please arrive in good time so that we can start promptly at 7.45. The church is available from 7.30 for set up but please do not enter before the end of mass. Please be sure that you have all of the music you need in your folders at the end of rehearsals and speak to Joy if anything is missing to give us time to find a solution before the day.
On concert day (Sunday) we will meet from 3.30pm in the crypt centre and have access to the church following mass at around 4pm. Please leave all bags and instrument cases etc in the end room of the crypt centre as the rest of the crypt will be in use whilst we rehearse. Rehearsal order is:
4.00 Set-up
4.15 Faure
4.35 Tchaikovsky
5.05 Ravel
5.45 Shostakovich
6.30 BREAK
7.30 Concert
Concert dress is the usual ‘black n’ bling’ theme. The temperature is better now and the heating will be on but please do dress warmly to be on the safe side.
We have 3 kind volunteers for the door and interval drinks but another would be good so if anyone is yet to come forward now is the time.
We will be selling cake at the interval too so please do get baking. Jo can’t cater for all of us alone!
Thanks for all of your wonderful playing again this term. I’m so happy to be playing my favourite piece (Tchaikovsky) with so many of my friends in the band. Here is a clip of Stern playing it conducted by Rostropovich for you to enjoy! My interpretation is a little different however :).
All best wishes and thanks, Abi and Thomas
Ps we still need some volunteers to be part of our focus group in order to continue into 2016 and beyond. Please do get in touch if you can offer some time so we can continue and thrive.
Pps. Please rsvp regarding our social evening on Thursday 26th. We will have fun and wine in good company so what could be better?!

 

Saturday’s concert

Dear Chamber Academy members!

Saturday’s concert was a tremendous success.  The orchestra accompanied our marvelous soloist with both delicate and muscular support.  It couldn’t have gone much better.  The Brahms Concerto is a
very difficult piece so we can all be proud.  And of course Hilary’s terrific solo in the slow movement was a highlight.

The Beethoven did not disappoint in the second half.  Another challenging piece that we performed with aplomb.  Plenty of positive feedback was shared in the after party.  We hope you are all recovered.

Next term we take a new direction with more theatrical music of childlike fantasy.  We open with a Suite by Faure called ‘Masques et bergamasques’ (Masks and bergamasks, bergamask being a rustic dance). The Overture actually heralds from an earlier abandoned Symphony by Faure (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6-i4gDNqTQ).

For our Concerto we are joined by pianist Niel du Preez http://nieldupreez.eu/ who will be performing Schostakovich’s famous second concerto that he wrote for his son.  The slow movement is particularly sumptuous and worth a listen to if you are ever feeling down (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlMHjo7Jwhk
).

Our main item is the exquisite ballet suite by Ravel called ‘Mother Goose’.  Originally composed as a piano duet for youngsters he later orchestrated it.  A link to a youtube version is below, plus parts are available from IMSLP via the link below.


http://imslp.org/wiki/Ma_m%C3%A8re_l%27oye_%28suite%29_%28Ravel,_Maurice%29

Next term’s concert is on Sunday the 22nd March.  Rehearsals start on the 8th January.  Please check your diaries for any clashes in advance and let us know if there are dates you won’t be able to make.  It’s worth remembering that despite our rehearsals spanning a 10 week period, we don’t rehearse more in terms of hours than your average well-funded professional orchestra, so regular attendance is something we must aspire to!

Have a marvelous Christmas and we look forward to seeing you on the 8th January.

Thomas and Abi