Huge thanks to everyone who has kept the Band together over the past months – we’ve Zoomed, quizzed, shared our Desert Island Discs, our Private Passions and played “Hallelujah” in an online collaboration. Now, we’re delighted to be working out how to get the Band playing for real.
Just to clarify where we are: your Committee members have assessed the latest government guidance (as have many non-professional music groups and umbrella organisations such as MakeMusic) and we can definitely start thinking about resuming carefully-managed rehearsals as soon as that is achievable.
We understand that Richard Reynolds, like other schools we know of, don’t want to hire the hall at the very beginning of term – they will have enough to manage getting the school safely open for all pupils. They wish to consider lettings later – whether that is before half-term, in November or even next year is yet to become clear as they assess their situation, and as the virus threat reduces/resurges. We have begun work on our risk assessment, which must fit with RR’s own plans for the building, and address the specific issues of a music group. If you’d like to take a look – and please understand it’s a very preliminary draft – it’s on the website Band Notices, just below this message. Susie has the password.
The next step, in September, is to consult with all Band Members. Then, we will have our Risk Assessment (see next post below for a Draft, Susie has password) which we can discuss with RR in respect of venue safety, and we will also create a separate document which focuses on how we expect, musically, to proceed. We will ask all Members who feel confident to return to rehearsals to sign off this document.
So please do keep practising! The Committee are working very hard to see if and how we can play/perform together this term, and we’ll anyway look forward to exploring Daryle’s exciting repertoire for the Barnes Festival next March! Here are his suggested pieces so far:
Theme – Music and Theatre: HRH The Duke of Cambridge March by Malcolm Arnold. Two links – composed by Malcolm Arnold in 1957 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Kneller Hall and 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of MA.
Porgy & Bess – George Gerswhin. A newish arrangement by John Barnes.
The Watermill – Ronald Binge
76 Trombones – Meredith Wilson.
The Three Bears – Fantasy – Eric Coates. Fantasy on the well-known story.
Cloudburst – Eric Whitacre.
Highlights from Oliver! – Lionel Bart.
Tico-Tico arr Iwai.