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Intermission

Holiday Orchestra is now resting after a truly amazing Summer Course. Our project to invest the Suter Family Trust money, together with that from the winding-up of the Sine Nomine Choir, to commission a piece of music from Maurice Hodges for choir and orchestra and to present it at a Gala Concert was a big event for Holiday Orchestra but succeeded brilliantly. Many thanks to the donors, to Maurice and Thanea Hodges, Russell Keable, SmolOrch, and all the children. The collection for three children’s charities, as per Grade1athon, raised over £600. We shall soon be finalising arrangements for the Christmas Course, 27-30th December and we hope to see you there. Full details at the end of half-term week.

The Committee.

Summer 2017 course now full.

Due to the large numbers of bookings we have already received for all sessions, we regret that we cannot now accept any more bookings for our summer course. We apologise to anyone who has missed out this time, and hope to see you instead at our Christmas course beginning on 27th December. If you have submitted a booking in the last few days, we will contact you individually.

Bookings open for Summer 2017

Hello to all Holiday Orchestra people and welcome to our Summer Course, 2017.

We have planned a huge range of music to please children and young people aged from 7 to 18. Our core activities, bands, string groups, choirs and orchestras, as always form the heart of the programme, with jazz, recorders, gamelan, ukuleles, djembe drumming, music games, music theory, brass workshop and double-bass tasting giving something for everyone to fill their time with music. The Music Theory section, given by the incomparable Kirsty Body, will, as last year, cover the basic subjects of the Grade 5 exam but cannot, in the time, do everything. The Course Director will be Russell Keable, and the dates are August 21st to 24th for the lower sections, plus the next day, the 25th, for the upper sections.

One very exciting development this year is our new commission. We are very grateful to have been given a considerable sum of money by Alison and Alan Suter, following the winding-up of the Suter Prize. The prize was endowed by their parents for Cambridge Youth Music’s annual Young Musician of the Year, but this has recently become too difficult to administer. The Suter family has decided to entrust us with the use of this money and so we were delighted when Maurice Hodges agreed to write a piece for us, for the Upper Orchestra and the 10+ and 9+ choirs. The text chosen is Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s beautiful poem “Ode”, which starts “We are the music makers”.

The choirs will perform the piece in the piano version in the Upper Presentation on the afternoon of the last day, Friday 25th August, but the full orchestral premiere will take place that evening. We are planning an extra concert – a Gala Concert – at West Road, as a one-off special event for the premiere of ‘Music Makers’ and because Holiday Orchestra has a lot to be proud of and to enjoy. Together with Maurice’s song, we will have Brahms from the Orchestra, a selection from the 10+ choir and a return visit from ‘Smolorch’. Smolorch is a small orchestra put together by an enterprising bunch of sixth-formers (largely Holiday Orchestra related) who thrilled us last year with their lunch-time performance. We are grateful that, between exams and holidays, they have agreed to come and play for us again.

So it will be a fabulous evening, with time for a glass of something together afterwards and a retiring collection in aid of a suitable charity. Ticketing systems will be explained later. Parents of children in the 9+ choir may have already realised that those children will be needed in the afternoon and evening of the fifth day, contrary to our usual policy of trying not to tire them out too much. Every effort will be made to make that day easier for them and we are sure they will rise to the occasion!

Looking forward to seeing you for what promises to be a wonderful week in August.

Best regards,

Lydia Hill, Chair of Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra

Intermission

After a whirlwind of an Easter Course with much happy music-making, Holiday Orchestra is now planning the Summer Course, August 21st – 25th. Lots of exciting things will be happening and members will be informed by e-mail when booking is about to commence. We expect this to be sometime in June. We look forward to seeing you in August, Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra.

Bookings open for Easter 2017

Hello to all members and friends of Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra.

We now have our Easter Course programme ready for booking, and we hope that you will want to join us. We are back at West Road with Russell Keable as our Course Director, so we can enjoy the facilities at West Road and can offer a wide range of musical possibilities.

Dan Ecclestone is bringing his keyboards, xylophones and glockenspiels for two sessions of cumulative music building under the title of Fireflies / Bright Lights for Keyboards and Percussion. No previous experience is required, only ears, eyes and fingers, but the electronic keyboards should give Holiday Orchestra pianists a chance to use their expertise.

We also have three Djembe drumming sessions with Kirsty Body and three Gamelan sessions with Robert Campion. Of course there are string groups, bands and choirs at every level, plus recorders and ukuleles, all giving the children four days of making music and making friends, with two brilliant presentations at the end. Our aim is for children to experience the thrill of making music together. We hope you will find our programme irresistible, and we look forward to seeing you at West Road from April 10th to 13th.

Yours,

Lydia Hill,

Chairman of Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra

P.S. Don’t forget our second-hand music scheme. Bring and Buy!

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