Here’s the latest letter to Friends of St Mewan Sinfonia.     If you would like to become a Friend, email us by clicking on this link.
Reg. Charity No. 1021171 Friends’ letter Spring 2018 Dear 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 appreciation Martin White  (Leader) On behalf of St Mewan Sinfonia.
   Don’t forget - if you would like to become a Friend, email us by clicking on this link.
Here’s the latest letter to Friends of St Mewan Sinfonia.  If you would like to become a Friend, email us by clicking on this link.
1Reg. Charity No. 1021171 Friends’ letter Spring 2018 Dear 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 appreciation Martin White  (Leader) On behalf of St Mewan Sinfonia.