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Newsletter September 2009


Apologies to visitors to our blog for using it as an information service for our members. It’s just so convenient to do it this way. If you are not an orchestral member, this post is of little interest!

Newsletter September 2009

Welcome back to the new year for our orchestra; We hope you had an excellent Christmas and are looking forward to some wonderful music making in the coming months.

12th June 2010 St Mark’s

Elgar: Sospiri and Salut d’Amor

Copland: Outdoor Overture

Khachaturian: Violin Concerto – soloist Keith Ramsall

Respighi: Pines of Rome

July 3rd: Sheffield Botanic Gardens. A programme of popular music by Beethoven, Elgar, Brahms, Ginastera, Denza and many others, featuring Sardinian tenor Antonello Arca and a guest conductor to be announced. “Music in the Gardens”, organised by Sheffield Rotary Club on behalf of the Rotary Club Charities. Bring a picnic! Visit

New Musical Director. Sadly, Ewa Strusinska will be leaving us at the end of the season nor will she be able to conduct the Christmas Concert. I think we all consider ourselves enormously privileged to have worked under her baton. She has stayed with us a year longer than her contract and it is time for her to move on to other things. The Committee is now starting the process of appointing her successor and we will be contacting a number of individuals to see if they are interested. We will also be asking contacts at the RNCM and elsewhere for recommendations.

The choice of a new musical director is crucial, and is a matter for the whole orchestra, not just the committee. We are actively seeking comments and suggestions from everyone; for instance, have you been particularly impressed by anyone who has taken sectional rehearsals or rehearsed us when Ewa was unavailable? Members of the Orchestra will be kept informed at all stages of this process.

“Opt-in” form for Concerts.

Some people come to rehearsals but, for perfectly valid reasons, may not be able to play in the actual concert. This is fine, but it would be very helpful if we knew the forces who are definitely committed to playing so that any ‘holes’ can be plugged. To this end, a form will be circulated during rehearsals on which players will sign up for the concert. It will be the responsibility of section heads to see that their players sign up. We hope this is not viewed as a bureaucratic waste of time. Knowing who is going to play, in advance, will be very useful.

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