|There was disappointing news for many choirs this week, when DCMS and the government changed the guidance on TUESDAY (a full day AFTER the May 17th deadline) to say that amateur choirs could only meet inside in one group of six people, not thirty as they'd said would happen. Although Harmonia choirs are remaining on zoom this term until July anyway, this doesn't strictly speaking affect us, but many choirs are losing money on venues and it's causing huge arguments on many forums about whether it's just "guidance" and choirs can choose to ignore it. Many choirs are now meeting outdoors or in cow byres, barns and carparks, but obviously the elements are against us in terms of rain, and also being able to hear clearly. |
I've been busy making Singers' Masks which will allow indoor rehearsal with a great deal more safety. They're specially made to be roomy around the mouth, so they're not uncomfortable to sing in, and you don't suck fabric into your mouth with every breath. We're very much hoping that the Harmonia Zoom Singers will try these in July at our last rehearsal and, possibly indoors for a sing through of what we've been doing online, and then workshops will follow to include those who have not felt able to attend online.
|A year since we were last able to rehearse, we are delighted to show you our multi-video performance. Thanks to all the Harmonia woodwind pupils and their family members who took part! |
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| Online rehearsals are going well and everyone seems to be enjoying the new way of meeting up! We're doing a mix of lighter warm-ups and rounds, and some of our more usual concert repertoire. Some people have even said they're singing better, as they can't lean towards other singers in their sections! I can't hear when everyone sings (due to latency issues) so it's safe to belt it out at home without worrying about wrong notes! |
|Harmonia Music IS still going to be making music in these difficult times. |
Although groups have obviously had to be paused for now, plans are afoot to provide online activities and get togethers.
Woodwind lessons will be continuing through the wonders of skype and other video platforms, as well as audio recordings.
Theory lessons are DEFINITELY a good idea at this time! I'm currently rewriting my course to split it into easily skypeable sessions with follow-up activities. Message for more details!
Wishing everyone well, and please do keep subscribing so you know when things get back to normal, or when there are new opportunities for creating music online.
|What a great night! I was so proud to be leading such fabulous groups in front of a full audience. Magnificent refreshments as always, and the band (Derek, Ivan and Joel) really enhanced the performances. |
We not only met our whole year's target of £2000, but have exceeded it! Thank you to everyone who took part or supported the concert and, in particular, thanks to Iain, Wendy and Peter from St Andrews who hosted us so well.
|Tickets are selling fast for our 20th Anniversary concert which takes place on Saturday 11th January at 6pm at St Andrew's Church, Swavesey. The programme is a whistlestop tour of some of our all-time favourite songs and pieces, plus a few new ones. It'll feature all the Harmonia groups - 3 choirs, 1 African Drumming group and the Woodwind Band, and even the audience. |
Interval refreshments will be a dazzling array of cakes. biscuits and snacks, with hot and cold drinks.
A selection of Harmonia Crochet creations will be on sale and ALL donations go to our chosen charity for the year, Dementia UK.
Dig deep and help us raise as much as possible for families coping with this devastating condition.
Tickets can be bought for just £5 via choir members, or direct from the event page on the calendar (though a booking fee applies there).
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|A wonderful day was had by all at the 4th GRO workshop on Sunday 29th September. As usual we were hosted by William Westley School (thanks to the headteacher and Gina for arranging this), and were conducted by the marvellous Steve Bingham. Repertoire included Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King, Dvorak's New World Symphony, FInlandia by Sibelius and Haydn's trumpet concert, with no trumpets in sight! |
We had an orchestra of violins, cellos, flutes, clarinets, oboe, bassoons, trombone and tuba, and Derek on the piano to help keep us all together. It was the first time playing in an ensemble for two of the adults and they coped admirably! We were even ready a little early for our informal concert, so Steve treated us to a performance of a beautiful arrangement of Sakura for solo violin.
This group is open to all adult musicians up to around grade 5, plus their children (sorry, no unaccompanied minors). Our next workshop will be in the Spring term when we hope to tackle Rhapsody in Blue and Dr Who!
|All the regular groups have had their first rehearsals, and it's great to see so many old, new and returning faces! It's not too late to join any group so please do spread the word. We're all working towards the joint concert in January and the choirs have a long list of songs to tackle (though some are short or easy!). The drummers are appearing in public already, doing a workshop style slot at the Haslingfield Church Fete this afternoon (3pm). Do come and have a look and even join in!|
|Welcome to our new look website! |
Hopefully you'll find it easy to navigate and once you've signed up as a full member in a group you'll have your own log-on to access the members area where you'll find lots of information.
Dates are easily found on the event calendar which details all rehearsals and workshops for every group.
Please do encourage other people to visit our website and perhaps subscribe to our mailing list so they can hear more about the wonderful opportunities to hear and join in with Harmonia activities!