Virtual SPYE

Some of our young musicians have been very organised and recorded themselves to make a virtual SPYE performance! Thank you to Matthew for his work and dedication in editing the video. They have done all of this without the help of adults. We’re delighted to see how much continuing to play during lockdown means to our members.

 

Virtual SPYE?

Our musicians have worked very hard this term and we know they will be disappointed that we have had to cancel our May concert. By way of making up for this (and providing extra activities to everyone occupied!), we wondered if our musicians would be interested in making a video, as many other orchestras have done, that we could put on our website and Facebook page?

Here is a fantastic example of a video collaboration from the New York Youth Symphony:

 

This would involve us sending out a (short!) piece of music for the musicians to practice and then record themselves playing. We can then ‘stitch’ together all the individual recordings to create virtual SPYE! A video recording would be great but if anyone would prefer to send a sound only recording that would be fine too. Please let the committee know if you/your child would like to be involved in this exciting project by emailing stpaulsye@gmail.com.

SPYE Update 29/03/20

We hope you’re all managing to stay well and keep occupied if your normal activities are currently curtailed.

Remaining rehearsals and concert

It seems unlikely that we will be able to go ahead with the 3 remaining rehearsals and concert planned for this term, given the current situation, so these are now cancelled.

We will continue to review the situation and if it seems likely that some sort of event – perhaps an open rehearsal – will be possible towards the end of the summer term (late June/early July) we will look into organising one.

Fees

In view of the fact that 4 rehearsals have had to be cancelled this year we will offer a £20 reduction on fees next year as compensation (making the fee for next year £135).

 

Please stay home as much as possible and stay healthy.

SPYE Committee

Final Details for Residential 2020

We are all looking forward to our residential at Kingswood next week! Below is a copy of the information that has been emailed to parents/carers.

Transport

Can we ask that everyone arrives at St. Andrews Church by 5.15pm on March 6th 2020 ready for a prompt 5.30pm departure. This is to ensure we arrive at Kingswood ready for the evening meal.
For those parents taking their children directly to Kingswood please could you let us know (so we aren’t waiting at the church for you) by Saturday 29th February 2020  and could you aim to arrive at Kingswood for about 6.30 – 7.00pm.
We will be leaving Kingswood on Sunday at about 2.00pm, aiming to be back at St. Andrews Church by 3.00- 3.30pm.
For those parents collecting their children from Kingswood, please could you arrive at 1.45pm.

 

Food:

Please note, no nuts are allowed! All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided by Kingswood. There is a separate dining room where we will all eat together (Kingswood is a nut-free zone). Please can you let us know of any dietary needs / allergies by Saturday 29th February 2020. We have details on the Membership forms, but wish to have these confirmed so that we can let Kingswood know before we arrive. 

Packing list:

No huge suitcases, or bags, please. The coach space is limited with all the instruments too.    
  • One bath towel
  • Toiletries bag containing: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hairbrush etc. **roll-on deodorants only**
  • Night clothes (and cuddly toy)
  • Slippers or soft indoor shoes
  • Socks and underwear
  • T-shirts (at least one with long sleeves for the outside activities on Saturday afternoon), sweatshirt (one thick, one light)
  • Trousers and / or jeans and / or tracksuit bottoms
  • Old clothes for the Saturday afternoon outdoor activities
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy shoes or wellingtons
  • Trainers
  • Large plastic bag for dirty clothes
  • Gloves, hat, scarf
  • Water bottle
  • Small card games to share
  • Book to read
  • Some money (no more than £10) for the shop. The shop sells snacks and drinks, as well as postcards, souvenirs, games and mementos.
  • In case of lost property please put your child’s name on all items of clothing!

In addition to the items above:

  • Everyone must bring their instrument, a labelled music stand, spare strings / reeds, a pencil and a rubber. Cellists MUST bring a spike protector.
  •  A mobile phone/device with head phones is allowed, but please do not bring radios etc. which will disturb others.
  •  No chewing gum, food, sweets, or canned drinks will be allowed during rehearsals (bring labelled water bottles).

The committee wishes to stress that members will not be allowed to smoke or drink alcohol at any time during the weekend.

The weekend is usually great fun and consists of music rehearsals on Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening and Sunday morning. On Saturday afternoon there will be outdoor activities run by the Kingswood staff. There will be free time too in between rehearsals where the children can either chill in their rooms or use the outside space. The outside spaces have to be quiet by 9pm and everyone has to be in their own rooms by 10pm (Kingswood rules).

The committee or Kingswood cannot accept liability for the loss, theft or damage of any personal property your child may bring.

If you have any questions about the residential, please do get in touch (stpaulsye@gmail.com) and we will do our best to answer them.

Happy New Year!

We hope all of our members and their families had an enjoyable holiday.

Thank you again to everyone who supported us last term. We have had some wonderful feedback from our 40th Anniversary Concert, and we were delighted to raise £335.44 at our ASDA fundraiser.

The coming term is set to be exciting for all of us at SPYE. We have exciting new repertoire to get our teeth into, and our Residential to look forward to in March!

Our first rehearsal of the term is this coming Saturday (11th January). Just a reminder that our dates for the rest of the term can be found here.

 

 

Autumn Term 2019 Welcome

We hope you have all had a good summer! 2019-20 registration forms for returning and new members have now been sent out via email. If you have not received this, please check your spam/junk folders, or let us know that you would like to be added to the mailing list.

Rehearsals start again Saturday, 7th September 2.30-5.30pm at St Andrew’s church. A full list of rehearsal and concert dates are on the website; here’s the link: https://spye.co.uk/2019-20-dates/

This year is the 40th anniversary since SPYE was formed. To celebrate this we are going to be doing a concert in December with current and past members. If you are a past member, or know of someone who was, and would be interested in joining the orchestra as part of the 40th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, December 14th 2019, please contact us for more information. Details of repertoire will be listed on our website soon.