I’m pleased to say that we have some new ‘Friends’ of Chichester Symphony Orchestra. Welcome to those who have joined recently. The newsletter will give you information about the orchestra, and let you know more about us. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive the newsletter, please send their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee have been working hard to make the orchestra function as smoothly as possible. There is a lot to do in organising a concert, apart from choosing the music and conducting weekly rehearsals. We have to ensure that we have the right number of players for each section of the orchestra to match the requirements of the music. We also have to think about suitable venues and dates that don’t clash with other similar events; who will print tickets; front of house; refreshments and who will obtain drinks, glasses, serve them – and clear up afterwards!
This year, once again, our Summer Concert will be part of the Festival of Chichester. If you check their calendar of events we are listed as ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’.
The Haydn Trumpet Concerto, played by the wonderful trumpeter, Henrietta Wake, will be dazzling. Put this together with Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony and it promises to be a great concert. Brahms’ Tragic Overture, is not so much tragic as really exciting! Brahms chose the title "Tragic" to emphasize the turbulent character of the piece, in contrast to the mirthful ebullience of a companion piece he wrote the same year, the Academic Festival Overture. You will have to hear it to decide for yourself. More notes on the music will be found in the programme, available at the concert.
Publicity is always a big part of getting our concert noticed and we are trying to improve our footprint in the local area. This is why I’m also sending you a poster. If you are on our email list, I hope you will be able to send the attachment on to friends and family, or even print a few out to post in prominent places. If you receive the newsletter by mail I have put in a poster for you to display if possible. Thanks for this – it’s a great boost to have our posters visible in as many places as possible.
On the subject of publicity, do look out for our new bookmarks, which give dates and repertoire for the coming season. We hope they will prove useful in letting more people know about our future concerts, and will be a size that can be easily kept for reference.
For computer users, I would like to draw your attention to our website, which has taken on a new look this year, with more information about the orchestra and our concerts. You can find it www.chichesterso.co.uk. It’s well worth a look. We also have a Facebook page for anyone who likes to use Social Media. We’d appreciate as many ‘likes’ as possible, so please visit us there.
We look forward to seeing you at our summer concert on Saturday 16th July in St Paul’s Church.
Meet the Orchestra
In previous newsletters you may have read about our flautists and our lead cellist. This term it is the turn of the viola section, a very important, but sadly often overlooked, part of the orchestra, who provide many of the middle harmonies that make the music sound full and complete. We have four regular violists, but you will only see three in the picture, as unfortunately Kate was not able to attend the rehearsal when we took the photo. Look out for the violas next to the cellos. Kate is a retired Practice Manager, and has played both violin and viola since childhood. She is also married to Barry, who plays cello with the orchestra! Richard worked in the space craft industry for many years, and is very proud of his Welsh heritage and language. Apart from playing viola he loves his golf and watches all the programmes in Welsh on TV. Martin spent much of his working life teaching at a boarding school in East Sussex, but after retirement he returned to music, and now spends much of his time playing violin and viola with different groups. Cathy is our newest violist, a very welcome addition to the orchestra. She is a part-time primary school teacher in the local area, and after 16 years away in East Sussex has recently returned to playing with CSO.