Firstly, many congratulations to all our young players and singers who took part in the online sessions last term and who submitted clips for the Virtual Christmas Celebration. I realise that for many it was a new experience to make a recording in the kitchen or bedroom and then to send it to us, but the hard work was rewarded as we all saw in the final ‘performance’. We had many emails to say how much the concert had been enjoyed and appreciated!
The Music Team have been busy this week in planning even more exciting activities for this term since we’ll be continuing Tuesday and Friday sessions on line again. For example, there’ll be some sessions where two groups ‘meet’ together occasionally; some instrument-specific sessions for the older players; some sessions where we ‘meet’ with singers or players from other parts of the country (including Cornwall); and a Spring Music Competition which will include opportunities for duets, trios etc. We also want to give some of the older singers and players the chance to stay after their session for 15 minutes or so, if they wish, to chat with their friends in a breakout room (a ‘virtual tuck shop’!). As the term progresses, we’ll give you more information about each of these plans (and more). But for now, please note that we start music centre for the Spring Term next week (Tuesday 12th and Friday 15th) at the same times as before:
Tuesdays: 5.30pm – Junior Voices 6.00pm – FBB 6.05pm – Junior Band 6.10pm – Club Band 6.40pm – Youth Choir
Fridays: 6.30pm – Senior and Intermediate Combined Band
If you joined us last term, you will be automatically sent the Zoom links. If you didn’t join us last term, why not give it a go and email Helen (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for the Zoom link? We hope that you’ll join with us in building on the very good achievements of last term. And in addition, it would be really helpful if SDMC members could encourage others who didn’t take part last term to at least ‘give it a try’!
On behalf of all the SDMC Music Team, we wish you a Safe and Happy New Year!
We’re all getting more used to joining meetings on line or making short recordings etc. We know it might seem strange at first when you record yourself playing or singing, but once you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll realise how easy it is.
We’ve prepared a very short video clip to help anyone who hasn’t yet tried to record themselves. Have a listen and try it for yourself:
Nobody will be able to hear you as an individual on the video which we produce: you’ll be part of your usual ensemble.
So – let’s have everyone taking part this Christmas, and enjoy being part of it
Subs: The subs for this half-term will be £2 a week which will help towards costs. These are payable half-termly as usual. [A number of members have over-payments from last term, but we would prefer to sort out these when we return to ‘normal’. For the moment, it would be helpful for everyone to pay £12 for this half-term please].
Safeguarding: The SDMC Virtual Meeting Policy is on page 25 in the SDMC Handbook of Policies (on the Information Page)
For the foreseeable future, it’s not possible to hold any face-to-face rehearsals or concerts. However, two things are really important for all of our SDMC members:
1 – To continue having instrumental lessons (on-line if necessary) so that you don’t lose the many skills you’ve already learned.
2 – To join in with the on-line weekly zoom sessions which are planned by the music team. This is also a great time for you to catch-up with your friends.
If you do both of these things, you’ll be well-prepared for when we can eventually re-open music centre and have our practices and concerts.
The following is a list of our tutors in music centre who are very willing to give you on-line lessons, either regularly or occasionally, if you’re not able to access lessons from your usual teacher. They can also support you with your theory work.
An Important Message to ALL SDMC Members and Families
It has become increasingly clear that sadly we need to suspend all music centre activities (rehearsals and concerts) for the time-being. We know that making music each week is a key part of all our lives, but we have to ensure the safety and welfare of all SDMC members, parent-helpers or staff. Although we will not be meeting in our various ensembles, this won’t prevent everyone from practising at home!
Simon Thomas (Chair of Trustees) Matt Pope (Head of Band Development) Philip King (Head of Centre)
We’ll be in touch again soon, but meanwhile – stay safe!!