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THE BATON

The Newsletter of the Congleton Youth Orchestra

November  2017


September 9. 16. 23. 30.          October 7. 14. 21. – Half Term  November 4. 11. 18. 25. (Concert )
December 2. 9. 16. (Christmas Party)

2018
January 6. 13. 20. 27.               February 3. 10. 17. – Half Term           March 3. 10. 17. 24. (Concert)                                                           Easter Break
April 7. 14. 21. 28.                   May 5. 12. 19. 26. Half Term               June 9. 16. 23. 30.
July 7 (Concert)
                                   
CHRISTMAS CONCERT– 25th November  2017        -  CONGLETON TOWN HALL

Because of the Town Council Christmas Lights Switch On we have had to change our rehearsal arrangements for this concert as the roads in the town centre will be closed until 6pm. Wewill be rehearsing IN THE MORNING - IN THE TOWN HALL from 09.00am until approx. 12 noon. The intermediates will rehearse from 09.00am until 10.00am and the seniors from 10.00am - 12 Noon approx. The evening performance will be as previously. Please arrive for the concert in usual concert dress between 6.45pm and 7pm.

As the 2nd half of the concertis Christmas music, you can add to the atmosphere by putting a bit of tinsel on your music stand or instrument and even wear a festive hat if you want to. Let's liven things up a bit !!

Just a reminder that there are no training group lessons on concert day, but there will be on December 2nd and 9th.
NOTE: The Town Hall doors will not be open until 6.45pm.

Those of you who are up to and including Year 11 at school, please remember to “sign in” with the Chaperones on duty when you arrive at the Town Hall.  Your parent/guardian then need to sign you out again at the end of the evening.  Please follow any instructions from the chaperones which should make the process relatively trouble free.
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Those of you who are up to and including Year 11 at school, please remember to "sign in" with the Chaperones on duty when you arrive at the Town Hall. Your parent / guardian then need to sign you out again at the end of the evening. Please follow any instructions from the chaperones which should make the process relatively trouble free.

There are normal rehearsals for all groups on December 2nd and 9th and the Christmas Party will be on December 16th from 10.00am - 12 Noon. Judith will be circulating letters to parents shortly asking for assistance on the day and requesting certain items of food, nibbles etc.

 

facebookOur Facebook page is now up and running again but because of  child protection / safeguarding  issues there will be no photographs shown.  The situation will be reviewed in 6 months time.

 

 

INSTRUMENT LOAN SCHEME: 

Anyone wishing to borrow any of our instruments should contact Helen.  This is a free loan service to all members of the orchestra (subject to availability).  All you have to pay for is the annual servicing to cover wear and tear.  However, in view of the popularity of the scheme, availability can change from week to week and so it is becoming difficult to maintain a precise list of instruments.  Please contact Helen to find out the current position.

USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS:
Miles Haslam                -           Musical Director                                   07414132211
Judith Hearson  -           Wind Tutor                                           01477 500443
Jayne Walker               -           String Tutor                                          0780 9890 456
Helen Chappel              -           Secretary                                              01260.278843
Natasha Medina           -           Child Protection Officer            **        07967 – 210085    **
**  This number is for child protection issues ONLY – please do not use for any other purpose

 

CONCERT / DIARY DATES           

2017: 

Saturday November 25th   2017                                -                       Christmas Concert – Town Hall

 

2018 :

Saturday 24th March 2018                                         -                       Annual Rotary Concert

Saturday 7th July 2018                                               -                       Summer Concert

 This will be the last Baton before Christmas and so from Miles, Judith, Jayne and all our helpers, along with the Trustees, we hope you have a great Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you all again in January.

 

Merry Christmas

 

 


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