Reg. Charity No. 1021171Friends’ letter Spring 2018Dear Valued Friend of the Orchestra, IwritewithgreatpleasureasthenewSecretarytotheFriendsoftheOrchestra.Itookearlyretirementfrom myteachingpostinSeptemberthisyear,soattheAutumncommitteemeetingwhenthevariousjobswere givenout,oftenaftertheinevitablelongprotractedsilences-becauseweareallverybusypeoplewith franticlives-Inolongercouldhidebehindtheexcuseofworkingfulltime,andsoIwasgladtobeabletobe alittlemoreactiveintheadminsideoftheorchestra,havingbeenleaderofStMewanSinfoniasince1997.I now have a little more time to do both roles! Weareenteringanexcitingtimefortheorchestra.Oldhabitsdiehard,andsoIliketothinkofSeptember, thebeginningoftheacademicyear,asthestartofourmusicalyearandthisyearstartedwithanewventure whenwewereinvitedtoperformaspartoftheverywell-establishedSt.Ivesfestival.Wehadaverywell-attendedconcertinSt.IachurchinStIves:abeautifuloldchurchjustmetresfromtheseawhichalsohas verygoodacoustics.Itwasgreattobepartofcollectivemusicmaking,andintheintervalandonthewayto ourcars,wewalkedpastlotsofvenueshostingallsortsoflivelymusicevents.Thecommentsfromour audiencewereparticularlywarm.Wealwaysliketohaveadialoguewiththeaudienceaboutour performancesorprogrammechoicesafteraconcert,asplayingmusic,liketeaching,isatwo-wayinteractive activity,weneedaudiencefeedbacktogrowanddevelopasperformers.Thecommentsonthatnight showed us that we had played to a particularly well-informed audience that night in St Ives. Afterthisconcert,theorchestragatheredrenewedenergiesinlearningthenewrepertoirefortheAutumn term,andweendedupwithanotherfirst,whichwasourChristmasconcertinLanliverychurch.Thisproved tobeanotherlovelyvenue,lotsofspace,anothergoodacoustic,andquitegoodheating,coupledwith anothersurprisinglylargeaudiencegiventherelativeremotenessofthechurch.Weplayedarangeofmusic suitablefortheseason,butnotChristmasmusicassuch,aswellasapiecebyourconductorNigelWicken. Somethingweplayedsomeyearsagoandenjoyedsomuch,heagreedtoletusgiveitanotherouting.Nigel wastaughtatschoolbyPeterMaxwellDavis,oneofourforemostinternationallyrecognisedcomposers, although Nigel’s style is very much his own.WhilstperformingatLanlivery,wewere‘talentscouted’byoneoftheorganisersoftheFoweyFestivaland thishasledtoanothernewdeparture,asweareperformingourverynextconcertonthe17thMayat8pm intheFestivalMarqueedowninthetownaspartoftheannualFoweyFestival.Iknowthisishappening becausepage37ofmybrochureisquitedogearedalready,asitfeaturesus,usingarecentphotograph fromoutsideMylorHarbourChurch,whichisoneofourfavouriteplayingvenues.Wearegoingtobethere inMylorHarbourChurchonSunday24thJuneat7.30andtheninStWinnowforourendofseasonconcert at7.30onSunday1stJuly.Wearehopingforthetidetobeinandfortheretobegoodweathersothatwe can enjoy the tea on the lawn during the interval. OurSummerprogrammethisyearincludesHubertParrySuiteforstringsinF,alsoknownas‘TheLady Radnorsuite’whichisfullofjollity,jovialspiritsanddelightsaswellasafewmomentsofhighVictorian pathosandsentimentality;togetherwithHolst‘BrookGreenSuite’thesearetwopieceswhichweasan orchestraplaylessregularlythanotherworksbythesecomposers.Wewillalsoplay‘Novelletten’byFrank Bridge,whoisturningintooneofourfavouritecomposers,wearecontinuingtoseekoutmoreandmoreof hismusic,andthisisoneofhislesswell-knownpieceswhichisperhapsthemosttechnicallychallengingof theworkswewillperforminthisconcert.InadditionweareperformingtheBach‘OrchestralSuitenumber2 forfluteandstrings’beingjoinedbyPippaDrummondofWestCornwallforallconcertsexceptforthe concertatStWinnowwhereoursoloistwillbeMaiaRoberts.Ourtechnicalchallengeherewillbethespeed oursoloiststakeusthroughtheseworks.WealsohaveinpreparationtheBach‘Brandenburgnumber6’for violas,bassviols(cellosinourcase)andbass.Noviolins…somethingwhichworriesme.Asviolins,wewould not want to be thought of as indispensable! Youcanfindoutmuchmoreabouttheseconcertsbyeither‘liking’ourFacebookPageorvisitourwebsiteat www.stmewansinfonia.org.uk or by searching for us in your usual search engine. LastlyIwouldliketosayaheartfeltthankyouonbehalfofalltheorchestraforyourcontinuedsupportfor ouractivities.Musichirehasbecomeveryexpensive,andindeedmusicforpurchaseisnolongeravailablein manycases,-thereisalinkthereashirersandsellersareoftenthesamecompany.Sowedoneedpeople likeyou,ourvaluedfriends,tosupportus,evenifyoucan’tmakeittotheconcerts.Thisisespecially importantifwewanttocontinuegrassrootsmusicperformanceatlocalvenuesinCornwall.Wedon’t receive funding from any other source. Sopleasedocontinuetosupportusifyoucan,cometooneofourconcerts,andsayhelloand/orgiveus somefeedbackonrepertoireandperformance,orjusttalktous.Anyhelpyoucangiveusfinanciallyis much appreciated, and if you are able to do so, please fill in the enclosed new gift aid form.With many thanks and appreciationMartin White (Leader)On behalf of St Mewan Sinfonia.
1Reg. Charity No. 1021171Friends’ letter Spring 2018Dear Valued Friend of the Orchestra, I write with great pleasure as the new Secretary to the Friends of the Orchestra. I took early retirement from my teaching post in September this year, so at the Autumn committee meeting when the various jobs were given out, often after the inevitable long protracted silences - because we are all very busy people with frantic lives -I no longer could hide behind the excuse of working full time, and so I was glad to be able to be a little more active in the admin side of the orchestra, having been leader of St Mewan Sinfonia since 1997. I now have a little more time to do both roles! We are entering an exciting time for the orchestra. Old habits die hard, and so I like to think of September, the beginning of the academic year, as the start of our musical year and this year started with a new venture when we were invited to perform as part of the very well-established St. Ives festival. We had a very well-attended concert in St. Ia church in St Ives: a beautiful old church just metres from the sea which also has very good acoustics. It was great to be part of collective music making, and in the interval and on the way to our cars, we walked past lots of venues hosting all sorts of lively music events. The comments from our audience were particularly warm. We always like to have a dialogue with the audience about our performances or programme choices after a concert, as playing music, like teaching, is a two-way interactive activity, we need audience feedback to grow and develop as performers. The comments on that night showed us that we had played to a particularly well-informed audience that night in St Ives. After this concert, the orchestra gathered renewed energies in learning the new repertoire for the Autumn term, and we ended up with another first, which was our Christmas concert in Lanlivery church. This proved to be another lovely venue, lots of space, another good acoustic, and quite good heating, coupled with another surprisingly large audience given the relative remoteness of the church. We played a range of music suitable for the season, but not Christmas music as such, as well as a piece by our conductor Nigel Wicken. Something we played some years ago and enjoyed so much, he agreed to let us give it another outing. Nigel was taught at school by Peter Maxwell Davis, one of our foremost internationally recognised composers, although Nigel’s style is very much his own.Whilst performing at Lanlivery, we were ‘talent scouted’ by one of the organisers of the Fowey Festival and this has led to another new departure, as we are performing our very next concert on the 17th May at 8pm in the Festival Marquee down in the town as part of the annual Fowey Festival. I know this is happening because page 37 of my brochure is quite dog eared already, as it features us, using a recent photograph from outside Mylor Harbour Church, which is one of our favourite playing venues. We are going to be there in Mylor Harbour Church on Sunday 24th June at 7.30 and then in St Winnow for our end of season concert at 7.30 on Sunday 1st July. We are hoping for the tide to be in and for there to be good weather so that we can enjoy the tea on the lawn during the interval. Our Summer programme this year includes Hubert Parry Suite for strings in F, also known as ‘The Lady Radnor suite’ which is full of jollity, jovial spirits and delights as well as a few moments of high Victorian pathos and sentimentality; together with Holst ‘Brook Green Suite’ these are two pieces which we as an orchestra play less regularly than other works by these composers. We will also play ‘Novelletten’ by Frank Bridge, who is turning into one of our favourite composers, we are continuing to seek out more and more of his music, and this is one of his less well-known pieces which is perhaps the most technically challenging of the works we will perform in this concert. In addition we are performing the Bach ‘Orchestral Suite number 2 for flute and strings’ being joined by Pippa Drummond of West Cornwall for all concerts except for the concert at St Winnow where our soloist will be Maia Roberts. Our technical challenge here will be the speed our soloists take us through these works. We also have in preparation the Bach ‘Brandenburg number 6’ for violas, bass viols (cellos in our case) and bass. No violins… something which worries me. As violins, we would not want to be thought of as indispensable! You can find out much more about these concerts by either ‘liking’ our Facebook Page or visit our website at www.stmewansinfonia.org.uk or by searching for us in your usual search engine. Lastly I would like to say a heartfelt thank you on behalf of all the orchestra for your continued support for our activities. Music hire has become very expensive, and indeed music for purchase is no longer available in many cases, - there is a link there as hirers and sellers are often the same company. So we do need people like you, our valued friends, to support us, even if you can’t make it to the concerts. This is especially important if we want to continue grass roots music performance at local venues in Cornwall. We don’t receive funding from any other source. So please do continue to support us if you can, come to one of our concerts, and say hello and/or give us some feedback on repertoire and performance, or just talk to us. Any help you can give us financially is much appreciated, and if you are able to do so, please fill in the enclosed new gift aid form.With many thanks and appreciationMartin White (Leader)On behalf of St Mewan Sinfonia.