Start of Term – Website Updates

Hi all,

Please read this blog carefully, and fully – ta !

The group has expressed an appetite for taking on more concert opportunities.  I’m fully supportive, but only if we are able to improve our ability to assimilate new tunes in a timely manner, and make our group rehearsals more time-effective …. and that as we all know relies on us all as individuals putting in the hours to bed in the basics, attaining a good working knowledge of each piece.

The ‘Alto crew’ met on Monday (26th Sept.) to run through a couple of tunes – “Duke’s Suite”, which is now available in full length format (we only played the first half last term), and “Whole New World” which we last performed about 3 years ago.

We won’t be holding a rehearsal session on Monday 3rd October as I’m off island for David’s wedding, so our first session back as a full team will be on Monday 10th.

I’ve uploaded the music materials for the two tunes above, onto the MSE website’s ‘current repertoire’ page.  There’s no password to access the page – the password is instead attached to the music materials which are packaged in a self-extracting file.  As part of the download process, you will need to enter the password, which I’ll send to you all by email.

Full instructions are provided on the ‘current repertoire’ page.  Please download the sheet-music / audio file packages and install them onto your PCs, letting me know if you encounter any issues.  ta.

Alto Players :  You now have a little under two weeks to work on just these two tunes, so I’m expecting you to carry out a pretty thorough job of getting the notes, timings and repeats right …. so that we can move swiftly on to rehearsing as a group (balancing the sound, adding performance style etc., and not just spending time on learning the basics).

Let’s use this as an opportunity to see how much we can achieve in a couple of weeks, and set the bar for the rest of the year !

Lastly, Susie rightly highlighted that our website photos are very out-of-date.  Ray has agreed to ask the folks at the Philip Christian centre is we can use the stage area to take some photos, and then we can arrange a photo-op.  I’ll also arrange to take some photos as we’re rehearsing next time around at Whitestrand, for a bit of variety.

It’s good to be back.  Let’s use our energy after the summer break, to lift our game into 2017.  Cheers, Jem




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