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Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
Holst, St. Paul’s Suite
Bartók, For Children
Ungar, Ashokan Farewell
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.
On Saturday 18th May, we held our Summer Concert at Jesmond United Reformed Church. We were delighted to see the church full, with both familiar and new faces in the audience.
The concert began with Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, the famous theme from the 1986 film, The Mission. This featured the strings from our Symphony Orchestra, with Oliver playing the oboe solo, as well as directing the group. The result was a very sensitive and beautiful performance, with strong communication between the soloist and the orchestra.
Our young musicians were joined by the rest of the woodwind section and their conductor, Peter, for Fauré’s Pavane, Op. 50. Opening with a haunting flute solo, the piece progressed with poise and elegance.
Our Junior Orchestra then took to the stage with their conductor, Hannah. They began with an uplifting Minuet and Trio by Mozart, performed with energy and precision. This was followed by Sibelius’ Andante Festivo, a challenging but exquisitely beautiful piece. Our young musicians gave a passionate and dedicated rendition, and thoroughly expressed their love of this work.
Our Junior Orchestra ended their performance with three movements from Pamela Wedgwood’s Jazzin’ About Suite, titled ‘Take It from Here‘, ‘Black Jack’ and ‘Strawberry Flip’. Each different in style, but with a delightful energy and humour, our young musicians demonstrated their skill in complex rhythms and wonderfully varied articulations and dynamics.
Our final work of the evening saw the Symphony Orchestra return to the stage for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. Having performed the first two movements in the Winter Concert, this performance featured the entire work. This was the first time a symphony had been performed in SPYE’s forty year history, and a proud moment for all involved. This symphony is a demanding work, both in terms of musical content and the stamina that is required, but our young musicians produced a performance with integrity and drama.
As our experienced audience members will know, we can’t have a SPYE concert without a raffle! Some beautiful prizes had been donated, and there were some excitable cheers from audience and orchestra members alike as numbers were drawn.
As we draw to the close of an academic year, we had the misfortune of having to say goodbye to some valued members of our ensemble, as they move onto the next stages of their studies. Thank you to Jenny, Daire, Fiona and Benji for the hours (and years!) of dedication you have shown to SPYE, and the beautiful music you have shared with us. We wish you all the best for the future and hope you will come to visit us at future concerts.
Thank you also to our conductors and committee members for their dedication to SPYE. And an extra thank you to the parents and carers of our young musicians for your continued support and enthusiasm.
We will soon be posting information about our 40th anniversary celebrations. Watch this space!
This Saturday, May 18th is the SPYE concert. It is at Jesmond United Reformed Church.
Jesmond United Reformed Church
Newcastle upon Tyne
Please can everyone arrive for a 2.30pm rehearsal start with their instruments, a NAMED stand, pencil and a packed tea.
Doors will open for all parents / carers / grandparents / friends at 5.30pm for refreshments in the church hall. The concert will start at 6.00pm. Please don’t be offended if we don’t let you into the church before 6pm as there could be rehearsals still continuing.
The dress code is white or black tops and black trousers / skirts for the Junior Orchestra and all black for the Symphony Orchestra please.
There will be a break, but only members who are Y9 or above who have written permission ON THE DAY will be allowed out of the church.
There will be photographs taken during the rehearsals and concert for our website gallery and social media. Please let the committee know before Saturday if you do not wish for your child to be included by emailing us at email@example.com.
Our committee and directors are currently planning an extra special winter concert to celebrate St. Paul’s Youth Ensemble’s 40th Anniversary. The concert is at 3pm on Saturday 14th December, at Jesmond URC. We will be revealing more details soon, but in the meantime, save the date!
Hope you have had, and possibly are still having, a great Summer.
We are just over a couple of weeks away from our first rehearsal (full set of dates will be emailed separately) and we need to inform you of a few changes for the coming year.
Introduction of Woodwind / Change to Constitution
Following the success of introducing woodwind at the Summer concert, we have decided to make this a permanent feature, and hopefully extend this to brass instruments.
As the original SPYE constitution was specific to benefitting string players we had to lodge a change to the constitution with The Charity Commission (please find a copy attached). I’m happy to announce that The Charity Commission have accepted the changes and all that is left for us to do is agree the amendments at the AGM (date to follow).
Fees will remain at £150.00 for the year and the cost can be spread over 2 equal payments of £75.00.
In the past few years it has been apparent that there are a number of children missing rehearsals in the Summer term. For the older children this is often due to exam commitments, but the younger children often have additional extra-curricular activities planned in the warmer months.
After discussion with the conductors, this year we have decided to trial compressing the rehearsals into about 2½ terms and only having two concerts, one at Christmas and one before the May half-term. This will hopefully allow everyone to attend as many rehearsals as possible and provide a more consistent cohort of members throughout the year.
The date of the AGM will be September the 8th at 5.00pm (Just before the rehearsal is finished). Please come along, all are welcome.
We are desperate for new committee members this year. It is imperative that we have a healthy number of committee members to help with the smooth running of the orchestras and to offer help during the rehearsals and concerts.
We have an acting chairperson who is happy to continue this role permanently from September, but there is a vacancy for Treasurer. If you are interested in helping in any way please let us know.
Katrina Buzzard (Woodwind and Brass)
We would like to thank Katrina for the help she gave last term with the Summer concert and welcome her to SPYE in the capacity of coaching the woodwind and brass.
Discussions are progressing in appointing a new conductor for the junior orchestra and we will inform you all once this has been finalised.
After a successful residential weekend at Kielder we are identifying a possible venue and dates for this years trip. Watch this space!
- Senior Orchestra / Woodwind rehearsal 2:30pm – 5:30pm (Dress code all black, please)
- Junior Orchestra rehearsal 4.00pm – 5.30pm (Could you come in your concert clothes of all black, or dark trousers/skirt/dress and white top)
- Doors open for refreshments at 6.00pm (included in ticket price)
- Concert starts at 6.30pm