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Making Zoom sessions better for you


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:

Its really easy to record a video whilst playing along to a click track – Josh Pope explains how.

Remember:

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)


Making the Zoom sessions better for you!


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 esy it is.

We’re preparing a very short video clip and this should help anyone who has not yet tried this.  This will be available by 6th November.   When it is, have a listen and then try it for yourself.

Remember:

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


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)


Arrangements for November & December 2020


We’re really pleased with the numbers who are now taking part in our short zoom sessions each week.

For this half-term there’ll be various weekly activities, PLUS we want each group to prepare a short Christmas piece online, so that we can produce two, or even three, short virtual seasonal concerts. 

We want everyone, including our singers, to be involved, click here for a step-by-step guide as to how to take part.

Meanwhile, this is our six-week plan:

Tuesday evenings commencing 3rd November:

Junior Voices  5.30pm – 6pm  led by Clair Thompson

Club Band   6.10pm – 6.40pm   led by Matt Pope                          

Junior Band   6.05pm – 6.35pm   led by Becca Pope  

Family Brass Band  6pm – 6.30pm   led by Sam Pope

Youth Choir   6.40pm – 7-10pm led by Sara Kimber

Friday evenings commencing 6th November:

Combined Intermediate & Senior Band 6.30pm -7pm led by Matt Pope

Registration:   If you’ve not already done so, you’ll need to register for the zoom sessions by emailing Helen (email address below) and she will let you have a link nearer the time. 

Rehearsal Tracks: Click on your group name, on this page, to be taken to your rehearsal tracks, or from our main menu, hover over ‘Information’/ Rehearsal tracks and click your group name from the menu.

Questions:  Please contact Helen directly if you have any questions: coordsdmc@hotmail.co.uk

Rehearsal track areas are protected, if you’ve not already been given one please contact Helen for a password to access them.

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COVID19 – ALL SDMC Rehearsals and Concerts suspended until further notice

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!!

Simon Thomas Chair of South Derbyshire Music Trust
Please direct all replies to: coordsdmc@hotmail.co.uk.