MSE – Admin stuff

Hi all,

First off, thanks to all for an excellent rehearsal yesterday.   I really enjoyed it.

Our work on Cool Saints was pretty intensive, but very valuable as it took us quite a way forward which the piece which is one of our more difficult items in terms of rhythms.  Following this, I was then pleasantly surprised at how quickly we picked up the fast passages in ‘The Wombling Song’ and ‘Hornpipe Fun’, and even more amazed at how we completely changed the mood to put in a lyrical rendition of Persiflage – which was sublime in places !

I’ll send out a suggested play-list soon for next week’s rehearsal, but for the moment here are a few admin items ….

Subs – If you haven’t already paid Matt, can you please arrange to get your £20 to him either during the week, or at next week’s rehearsal.

2 Advertising.  I think it’s time to invite one, possibly two, additional players to the group – but no more.   Our more compact format over the past few terms has worked really well in terms of musical clarity – so this is to give us some resilience and also allow us to confidently tackle quintet / sextet arrangements without overly affecting our format.  I’ve attached a flyer, and would like us to post copies in prominent places – supermarkets, post offices, shops etc.  If you can help, please let me know where you can post a copy – you can either print them direct or get copies from me.

The advert file can be found here >>> MSE Player advert

Busking.  Yes, it’s that time of year again.  I’d like to pursue the same strategy as last year – rather than loads of slots, let’s choose a few that are likely to be productive and fun.  I’ll put some suggested dates together and check with Michael to avoid IOMWO clashes.   I have a couple of adventurous ideas for next year, and a good haul over Christmas will probably put them within our reach !

Start time – A start time of 7pm seems to working well.  Please make sure you’re at the barn for about 6:50pm latest so that we’re all ready to start playing at 7.

5 Hornpipe Fun – I’ve asked David to let me know which bars I should check, then I’ll make be in contact again to either confirm the version we should all converge on, or issue a new version for next time.

See you soon, Jem



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