Notice for Parents and Carers – arrangements for Saturday’s concert

This Saturday, May 18th is the SPYE concert. It is at Jesmond United Reformed Church.

Jesmond United Reformed Church
Burdon Terrace
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

2018/19 Update

Dear All

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.

Rehearsal/Concert Format

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.

Committee Membership

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.

New Conductors

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.

Residential Weekend

After a successful residential weekend at Kielder we are identifying a possible venue and dates for this years trip. Watch this space!

Arrangements for 7th July 2018

On Saturday, July 7th there is a rehearsal followed by our Summer concert at  JESMOND UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, Burdon Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3AE
All adult tickets are £5, children going free, this includes refreshments prior to the concert.
  • 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