I can offer only apologies and no excuses for the lack of activity here over the summer. The Botanic Gardens Concert miraculously managed to find a dry evening in an otherwise sodden week. The Gardens themselves were a quagmire, but just about inhabitable due to the heroic efforts of the Rotary team (all other outdoor events in Sheffield that week were rained off). Many thanks to the 2000 or so hardy folk who came and supported us and the Charities so enthusiastically.
Rehearsals continued sporadically over the summer with a concert in Howden Minster on September 1st, memorable for a fantastic performance of Brahms violin concerto by Kay Stephen.
Now we are knuckling down to Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakoff with a huge Mahler symphony looming on the horizon.
New musicians in Sheffield sometimes contact us about vacancies. I can redirect enquiries to section leaders from this blog. We have settled woodwind and horn sections, but there is often opportunity for bumps and deps. Violins are welcome to attend a rehearsal or two to see if we are the right orchestra for you. You will find us enthusiastic and friendly.
This year, I would like to invite players to write some short pieces about themselves and the orchestra. Volunteers please!