First Virtual CGO video updated.

I’ve had to fix a few audio/video sync issues with the video.
For some as yet unknown reason, when the DaVinci Resolve editing software loads .MP4 files the audio and video can get anywhere from +9 to -4 frames out of sync.
I’ve also tidied up the harmonics at the end of the piece.
Once I’ve got permission from everyone who took part the video will go Public on YouTube with URL: https://youtu.be/3zHR9JOyZlE
The high resolution version (4K DCI) of the video still available for download from Dropbox at:https://www.dropbox.com/s/nfwpne782e2dq7z/Virtual%20CGO%20plays%20La%20Valse%20Des%20Brumes%20by%20Thierry%20Tisserand.mov?dl=0
Michael

First cut of our first Virtual CGO video.

Here is my first cut of our first ‘Virtual’ CGO video.
I have put it on YouTube as ‘Unlisted’ which means only people who have this link, https://youtu.be/wemz1cRbBqQ , can see it. It won’t be found in any search results by the general public on YouTube.
However if Valerie thinks the quality is good enough, and no one has any objections, we could choose to make it ‘Public’ at a later date.
Michael
P.S.
There’s a high resolution version (4K DCI) of the video also available for download from Dropbox at:
www.dropbox.com/s/nfwpne782e2dq7z/Virtual%20CGO%20plays%20La%20Valse%20Des%20Brumes%20by%20Thierry%20Tisserand.mov?dl=0
Michael

CGO update and Valerie’s concert

Dear CGO members & potential joiners,
First I should apologize for not having made progress with the virtual orchestra recordings. I seem to have an ever increasing to do list despite Covid. However a number of key items are now out of the way and I can make a start on the Valse des brumes video editing. Are there any late entries? I am still rather short of guitar 2 & 3 parts. I have myself switched from G1 to G2 to help with the balance. I’m hoping to have a first cut of the video by this weekend.
Second a reminder about Valerie’s forthcoming online concert:
“LIVE Guitar Concert on YouTube with *Valérie Hartzell*
14 of November, 7pm UK Time Lockdown is here and how about some nice music while you enjoy dinner or a lovely drink. Tickets are only £3  and can be purchased online at www.valeriehartzell.co.uk/events <www.valeriehartzell.co.uk/events> which will take you to PayPal (once you have your ticket or tickets, you will receive the YouTube link).  If listening on a phone or tablet, I recommend earphones for a better listening experience. Please subscribe to my channel www.youtube.com/valeriehartzell <www.youtube.com/valeriehartzell> £1 of each ticket sold will go to the Heart of Marston. Marston Moreteyne VC Lower School has designated a therapy room for the mental health & well-being of the students at its Church End Site. I’m excited to help out this very important project for the well-being of children. I will be performing my own compositions  as well as Spanish music, my arrangement of The Beatles, Metallica, music by English composer Mark Houghton , American composer Susan McDonald, and French composer Thierry Tisserand . The links are examples of pieces that are on my YouTube channel.
Thank you for your support and see you online! Valérie Hartzell
You can also follow me on: https://twitter.com/valeriehartzell www.facebook.com/hartzellguitar/ <www.facebook.com/hartzellguitar/> www.valeriehartzell.co.uk <www.valeriehartzell.co.uk/>

Michael

Details of Valerie’s live guitar concert -7pm 14th November

Dear Members,
Thought you would all want to know about this…
“LIVE Guitar Concert on YouTube with Valérie Hartzell 14 of November, 7pm UK Time
Tickets are only £3  and can be purchased online at www.valeriehartzell.co.uk/events which will take you to PayPal (once you have your ticket or tickets, you will receive the YouTube link). Enjoy dinner, a glass of bubbly or a nice cuppa while putting your feet up in the comfort of your own home while listening to live music. Please subscribe to my channel www.youtube.com/valeriehartzell £1 of each ticket sold will go to the Heart of Marston. Marston Moreteyne VC Lower School has designated a therapy room for the mental health & well-being of the students at its Church End Site.  Specialist staff training & equipment is needed. I have several students attending the school (which is located behind my street). I’m excited to help out this very important project for the well-being of children. I will be performing my own compositions as well as Spanish music, my arrangement of The Beatles, music by English composer Mark Houghton, American composer Susan McDonald, French composer Thierry Tisserand, Barrios and Bach.
Feel free to share this concert with friends and family. Thank you for your support and see you online! Valérie Hartzell
You can also follow me on: https://twitter.com/valeriehartzell www.facebook.com/hartzellguitar/ www.valeriehartzell.co.uk
Michael

CGO Update

Dear CGO Members & some potential new members,
Sunday 13th September was to be the day on which we recommenced rehearsals at Foxton Village Hall, but as I pointed out in my last group email (on 26/8/20) that plan had to be abandoned. This was of course due to Covid and the need of some of our members to shield. The recent increase in the number of cases is also not looking too promising.
So in that last email I mentioned some options of what we could do until rehearsals do restart. The feedback received was positive on the idea of recording a virtual orchestra piece. So we’re going to get into this, gently at first, with the Thierry Tisserand piece called “La valse des brumes”. It’s actually a trio but should be an easy introduction to doing virtual recordings. The plan is that Valerie will shortly be recording herself playing each of the parts and I will distribute these so that you can listen (with headphones) and play along yourselves while you make your own video recordings. Then I will attempt to stitch all the videos together.
If all goes well we can publish the edited video on the CGO YouTube Channel and then try something a bit more complicated.
Our Zoom sessions seem to have faded, but I will be present for an impromptu Zoom meeting at 3pm (N.B. We used to do 2pm but that seemed a bit too close to Sunday lunch time so hopefully 3pm is better) Sunday 13th for anyone who fancies a chat, and perhaps a guitar solo or two. I’ll keep it short, just 45 minutes is I think the free meeting time limit.
CGO Zoom videoconference details:
us04web.zoom.us/j/3177567251?pwd=N0VxbVM0NityTWU1bS9SaXV0ZDEyQT09 ;  meeting 317 756 7251 ;   password CGO@Zoom1
Michael

CGO latest news

Dear CGO Members,
I’m sorry to have to tell you that we won’t be restarting rehearsal in September.
The committee met a while ago (by Zoom video conference) to discuss this and came to the conclusion that we have too many members that need to shield so it’s really not practical to restart rehearsals. This will be reviewed before January.
Foxton Village Hall have been made aware of this decision and understand our position.
During the meeting the committee also voted for Colin to be confirmed as CGO treasurer. This was based on constitution clauses 17 & 18. Formalities with Lloyds bank are underway.
The committee were keen to try and keep the group engaged, motivated and practising. We have a few ideas but would like your feedback about what you would like to do.
Ideas:
1) Possibility of meeting in CGO member’s gardens as quartets, weather permitting.
2) Working towards one or more virtual orchestra pieces. These would be videos assembled from individual recordings by each player on mobile phones. Michael A offered to do the video editing. Perhaps these could be posted to YouTube if successful.
3) 2 hour Zoom meeting with mix of technique talk and solo playing.
4) Something else?
Regarding idea number 2, Valerie was asked if she could suggest a couple of suitable pieces. Valerie thought Cantilena by Jenkins (drive.google.com/drive/folders/1chj13i-e2iv2lYZ9SDHEnW4NlGlhdLjj) might be a good piece, and there is the Thierry Tisserand piece that was dedicated to her. The Cantilena was performed at the Classical Minds weekend and went down very well. The Tisserand (“La valse des brumes” and “La valse des souvenirs”) is a trio so should be much easier to put together, it was published in August. Valerie had previously assigned parts for the Tisserand and the Score is available via the CGO website (drive.google.com/file/d/1x88A4c_H4qe5_O8aw2oujzR6N9ghZyg3/view). Anne would you like to join in with this Tisserand piece?
Parts reminder:
VALSE DES BRUMES (New): Guitar 1: Mat, Tom, Mike A, Antonio Guitar 2: Colin, Mike L, Hannah Guitar 3: Anne, Lily, Huw, David
Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything that may have been brought up in prior emails to me. Been letting my email checking slip lately.
Michael

Lily’s Virtual Crowdfunding Launch Party!

Dear CGO members,
Our members have hidden talents. Did you know that Lily is the author and illustrator of a children’s book.
She has posted on Facebook details of an event this evening between 18:00 and 21:00. She writes:
“On the 30th June, I’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to self-publish my first children’s book – Hector’s Perfect Cake!
Join me on Zoom for a few drinks, a mini-quiz, and a countdown to the campaign launch at 7pm.
The event is free, but please click ‘Going’ if you plan to join.”
Free tickets available via Eventbright – www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/hectors-perfect-cake-kickstarter-launch-party-tickets-110764461486
Michael

CGO Zoom session this Sunday for those interested.

Dear CGO members,
I know that Zoom calls are probably losing their appeal now that it’s become so mainstream. The next CGO call is due this Sunday 28th at 2pm for anyone interested.
It was me, Mike and Colin at the last one. I’m still enjoying Mike’s challenge to do more solos, one per week, with a video at the end of each week. I’ve been trying to put into action all of Valerie’s advice – slow practise, use of metronome etc and it does work. It’s been very helpful in rebuilding my solo confidence. I know I’ll never be a great guitarist but I’ve renewed my enjoyment of the journey.
CGO Zoom Personal Meeting ID which is:    3177567251
The password is:    CGO@Zoom1
Via a browser you can simply click on this link:
us04web.zoom.us/j/3177567251?pwd=N0VxbVM0NityTWU1bS9SaXV0ZDEyQT09
Michael