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Bookings now open for Summer 2019

Hello Everyone

Now that the days are long and the sun is warm, our thoughts turn to Holiday Orchestra’s Summer Course! We will be back at West Road Concert Hall where we have rooms for 9 different sections at any one time. We shall pack those spaces with exciting musical experiences to give everyone the chance to ‘make music, make friends’ and broaden their musical horizons. Holiday Orchestra makes real music and is also real fun at every level. For this, we depend on good behaviour, even from very excited children, and usually we have no problems. Please help us to keep our ‘light touch’ approach and understand that we have to act ‘in loco parentis’. Many thanks.

Our Course Director will be Russell Keable who will conduct both the orchestras. He has engaged a brilliant team of tutors including newcomer Stu Hanna. Stu is a well-known professional folk musician who is willing to share some of his immense knowledge of folk music with us. There will be a Folk Group for children with Grade 4 and upwards on any suitable instrument and also a ‘Folk For Fun’ session for all-comers.

Our core activities of string groups, bands, choirs and orchestras are supplemented and complemented by many other forms of music. Jazz, djembe drumming, gamelan, recorders, ukuleles and music games are all there, together with taster sessions for the double bass – an instrument of boundless fascination. As for music theory, Kirsty Body will once again be helping people get to grips with that all-important Grade 5.

Altogether we are sure that everyone can have a really good course, full of personal musical achievements through the magic of making music together. We look forward to seeing you at West Road, from Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st August.

Yours,

Lydia Hill, Chairman of Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra

Intermission

After a sunny Springtime course at Easter, Holiday Orchestra is now making plans for the Summer course, August 27th – 31st. Full information will appear here and also be emailed to all members soon after the Whitsun half-term.

Bookings open for Easter 2019

Hello once again to all members and friends of Holiday Orchestra.
Our Easter Course is now set up and ready to go. We are very pleased to be going for a
second time to the Perse School’s Performing Arts Centre, Hills Road, which proved last
summer to be such an excellent venue for us. There is plenty of room, both indoors and
out, including a lovely auditorium and an airy foyer with gallery. There is also a spacious
loft which is the best space yet found for Kirsty Body’s Djembe Drumming and her ‘Move
and Sing!’ We shall have two trombone tasters, one for children with Grade 3+ on any
instrument, and one for brass players with Grade 4+. The trombone is an instrument
unlike any other (except perhaps the swanee whistle!), with the loudest voice in the
orchestra and yet a subtlety of tone and pitch. An instrument to fall in love with.
Alongside, of course, the essential string groups, bands, choirs and recorders we are
pleased to welcome two new initiatives. A new choir, ‘Choral Pops’, aimed at 9 year olds
and over, will sing exciting arrangements of popular and jazz classics. Meanwhile, getting
the whole body moving in time (and burning off some of that holiday energy), we have a
folk dance session which should be great fun.
Russell Keable will be our Course Director and we run from Tuesday 9 April to Friday 12
April. I am assured the weather will be glorious for outdoor breaks – there is a large
grassed area with seats and tables – and there is also a huge car park!
Come and “make music, make friends” – there is nothing to beat making music together for
fun, excitement and a great sense of achievement.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Best Wishes,
Lydia Hill, Chairman of Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra Association

Intermission

Christmas has come and gone and with it a very happy Holiday Orchestra course. The next course will be in the Easter holidays, 9th to 12th of April, at the Perse School, Hills Road. Full information will be available around half-term.

Bookings open for Christmas 2018

Hello and welcome again to Holiday Orchestra.

Our plans are now ready for the 2018 Christmas Course which we hope will be as exciting as always. We have had to be somewhat creative with the timetable so please take the time to familiarise yourself with the solution we have found!

Avoiding Christmas, Boxing Day, Sunday morning and the evening of New Year’s Eve, while needing four days for the course, we have decided to go for three whole days (Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th) and two half days (late Sunday 30th and early Monday 31st). All sections will run for the first three days, then only the ‘lower’ sections will rehearse and give their presentations on the Sunday and only the ‘upper’ sections will do theirs on the Monday. Some children, of course, will be in both types of sections and will therefore be needed on both half days but many will not. Everyone will have the full Holiday Orchestra experience!

Other aspects of the timetable include a lunchtime presentation by the jazz groups on the Saturday and our AGM, also on the Saturday at 11 am in the foyer. All parents and carers are most welcome. We would like to hear your views, questions and suggestions.

Some points to note from the Summer Course are: the need for instrument cases to be named (someone always takes the wrong one home); and a reminder not to overestimate your child’s current level of expertise. Children feel very discouraged if the music is too difficult for them but the tutors have to choose music according to the standard stated on the booking form. So please do check these standards.

On a lighter (or deeper) note, we are offering a tuba taster session for the first time. What an instrument! If you want to learn the basics of Tubby the Tuba book early, there are only 10 places. For folk music, we are sad to say that our wonderfully versatile Iain Mann has moved to Edinburgh but we are delighted to have found Holly Cook who will bring a fresh approach to our folk music sessions. Her offer of ‘Folk Around the World’ sounds really exciting to anyone interested in world music.

Christmas Holiday Orchestra is always great fun and a refreshing way to fill the gap between Christmas and New Year. With David Minchin as Course Director, we are sure it will be as musical as ever. Hoping very much therefore to see you at the West Road Concert Hall between Thursday 27th and Monday 31st December,
Yours,
Lydia Hill,
Chairman, Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra

Intermission

Holiday Orchestra is now resting after a successful summer course in a new venue. West Road was being refurbished so we took ourselves off to The Perse School’s beautiful new Performing Arts Centre where we were made very welcome. Our next course will be at West Road, December 27th to 31st, and information and booking forms will be available (and emailed out) around half-term.

Best wishes,

Lydia Hill, Chairman.

Bookings open for Summer 2018

Welcome again to Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra.

We are now ready with details of our 2018 Summer Course which we are sure will be exciting, friendly and musically rewarding for all concerned.

The first thing to note is that the West Road Concert Hall is undergoing refurbishment and so we have moved to The Perse Upper School in Hills Road (CB2 8QF). They have recently built themselves a new Performing Arts Centre and Holiday Orchestra will be taking it over for the duration of this course. It is a lovely venue with some excellent spaces and a large outdoor area for sunny breaks, but we have had to rethink some of our procedures. In particular, the seating in the Hall is less than at West Road, which in itself is barely adequate for the presentations, so we have decided to have three presentations instead of two and to divide the performing groups between them so that all families will be able to enjoy their children’s performances. The first two presentations will be on the fourth day and we shall decide the best way to distribute the groups when we know numbers of children and families.

Traffic, transport and trains being what they are, we would like to encourage car sharing without falling foul of the GDPR! We can put a list on the notice board at the course for people to register any interest. As for the Course itself, we have all our best summer offerings including four choirs, two jazz groups, Upper and Lower Orchestras, Grade 5 Theory, ukuleles, recorders, ocarinas, djembe drums and double basses! The stage at The Perse is not wide enough for the numbers who usually play in the Lower Orchestra which will have to be capped at 70, so we now also have ‘Pete’s Ukulele Jam’ (in a distant part of the building!) running at the same time to provide fun and creativity for some of the older children. Ukuleles are provided, but children may also bring their usual instruments. All this activity is centred, of course, on the bands and string groups at three levels each. The buzz, as always, will be tremendous. With Russell Keable as Course Director and many of our most experienced tutors, we know that Holiday Orchestra will continue its tradition of fun, community and excellence within an impressive new venue.

We hope to see you there from Tuesday 28 August to Saturday 1 September.

With best wishes for a musical summer,

Lydia Hill, Chair of Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra

Intermission

Hello everyone. Holiday Orchestra is now planning for the Summer Course. This will be at The Perse Upper School in their new Arts Centre and will run from August 28th to September 1st. Timetables and booking forms will be ready around the end of half-term – as soon as everything has been finalised. Wishing you a good summer and hoping to see you for a musical week at the end,

Holiday Orchestra.