Another couple of things

Dear CGO members,
I should have said in the last email that Mat is also available for lessons online, and he is using .
Secondly Tessa, our contact at Foxton Village Hall, tells me they have already received a considerable number of cancellations and says “In the interim, we would welcome any donations to help with the running costs incurred simply to keep the hall available for the future.”
I’m not sure if CGO funds could stand a donation at the moment as we are down on numbers, but I though I’d best share the request and leave it with you.
P.S. CM videos coming soon, I just wish we had switched the lights on! My Nikons don’t like low light, but I think the Blackmagic Design Camera did a good job.

CGO during coronavirus

Dear CGO members,
After consultation with the committee and following the government advice it is my sad duty to inform you that we are going to have to suspend CGO activities while the coronavirus outbreak continues.
I have spoken to Chris Dumigan (Manchester concert) and Hugh Boyde (Mandolins concert) and we concluded that both of the concerts, currently scheduled for June and July, will have to be postponed. Please don’t forget to cancel any hotel booking you may have made for Manchester.
I do not know when we will be able to resume normal activities, but I’m hoping that things will have resolved by the start of the autumn term. It may only be when a vaccine is available. We will just have to wait and see how things develop.
Please keep practising, it’s a good pressure release valve for daily life. I’m going to set myself some goals to motivate me as Ray Burley suggested at the Classical Minds weekend, which was a great success by the way. I’m sure Valerie would be pleased to advise on homework that could be done. She is now conducting private lessons via internet video link so please consider that if you think that would be helpful for you.
Existing payment for rehearsals will be carried forward to when we restart.
Stay safe,

CGO Seating Plan Update

Dear CGO members,
I have attached the latest seating plan info.
This is also available via the website.
Moving between seats efficiently during a concert is going to be tricky, but it’s worth it as people get to play a greater variety of parts and it makes conducting easier.
If anyone has any thoughts on making the moves smoother then drop me a line.

CGO Rehearsal on 1st March

Dear CGO members,
Don’t forget that the next rehearsal is this Sunday, 1st March.
Mat will be conducting the orchestra as Valerie is away working on a cruise ship somewhere in a Norwegian fjord.
I finally got around to editing and putting the recordings from last rehearsal on Google Drive. Sorry for the delay.
They are in folder 200216 at:
All the mp3 files there should be playable straight from your web browser and are great to practise to.

Rehearsal Plan for 16th February

Dear CGO Members,
Here’s the latest rehearsal plan from Valerie. Please note that the Part Allocation Chart on the website has been updated. Note also that the planned recording of Christmas in Cambridge on 16th Feb will now be moved to later in the year and under a revised title.
“Thank you for your hard work and next rehearsal will be a full one. Please, if you have not written in your dynamics for Purcell, could you visit the web site and add them to your part? Also on line (Member’s Page) with dynamics is Tico Tico and Two Themes. Please add the dynamics to your score.
Our plan for the 16th of February: Play through all 3 Purcell, Dulcinea, & Two Themes. After playing them, we will work on anything that needs to be fixed. We will work on Wild Mountain and start Christmas in Cambridge before taking a break for coffee and cake. Then, finish anything from the 1st part of rehearsal and then go to Passacaglia, L’Elephant, and the 2 Granados pieces.
If you are unsure of which part you are on, I have sent the updated chart to Michael.
Lastly, if you can join us at Classical Minds Festival, there is a 10% discount for CM members and the application is on line. Thanks everyone and stay safe this weekend, apparently we’re in for a big storm!”

Reminder about rehearsal this Sunday

Hello CGO member,
Just wanted to remind everyone that it’s the first rehearsal of the year this Sunday 19th January.
Also during the tea interval we will have the AGM that was postponed from last September. I’m hoping we can get through it quite quickly.
See you all soon.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Dear CGO Members,
Valerie and I just wanted to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year.
Valerie also adds:
“A big thank you to Michael for organising our Christmas dinner & running it. Also, thank you to everyone who contributed with food & drink and helped after to clean up.
I look forward to seeing you all in January and working on our repertoire for the summer recitals.
What we will rehearse in January: Wild Mountain Thyme, Christmas Carol (to record in Feb), Purcell, Dulcinea, break, 2 Themes, Tren Urbano (we’re removed the intro), Fairy Pools, The Elephant.
I will bring brownies to celebrate the New Year at tea time.
During our [Christmas] break I will work on thickening up Tren Urbano and I will re-write Mat’s cadenza again.
As mentioned at the last rehearsal, Classical Minds Festival is 14-15 March, and CGO members get a 10% discount. Yea!
Application is on line with information, bio’s, event schedule, and general schedule.
Feel free to email me at if you have any questions. Have a wonderful holiday.”
Also please note that CGO gets quite a lots of emails to our address. There’s a lot of junk, but occasionally we get items of interest and I’m now posting those to
so please do take a look from time to time.

Extended time at end of rehearsal tomorrow

Dear CGO Members,
At the end of the rehearsal tomorrow we will be having our little Christmas “do” as mentioned in last weeks email.
I can confirm that we have the room booked until 6:30pm to allow for this.
Not everyone has replied about the list, so please have a look at it and see if there’s anything you want to add:
CGOPartyFoodList.docx at
CGOPartyFoodList.pdf at

Plan for next CGO Rehearsal

Dear CGO Members,
Here’s the plan for the rehearsal on 8th December received today from Valerie:
“Let’s start with Dulcinea, then all 3 Purcell, Christmas in Cambridge (somewhere in here we’ll have tea), Tren Urbano, Fairy Pools, and if time permits Mountain Thyme.  Might be a good idea to play through the pieces we work on as if we were at a recital. We didn’t have a chance at the last rehearsal so I would rather do that then practise Mountain Thyme. Save it as a back up plan.
At the end of rehearsal we will join together to celebrate Christmas and the holidays!
Attached is the form and it would be great if you could type in what you would like to bring, save, and send back to Michael.
Hopefully we can avoid doubling up.
Looking forward to our last rehearsal of 2019!”
Any replies that update the food form I will post to a copy of the form held on Google Drive:
CGOPartyFoodList.docx at
and for those who cannot open a .docx file (although you should be able to do that within the web browser at the Google Drive site) there’s also this:
CGOPartyFoodList.pdf at