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

Rehearsal plan for 17th November

Dear CGO Members,
Here’s the plan from Valerie for the next rehearsal on 17th November:
“Thank you so much for recording my 2 Halloween pieces. What fun that was! You really got into character and seemed to have a blast. Again, thank you a million times. I assume you were sent the link to both pieces on YouTube? I would be grateful if you shared it on Facebook and/or with your friends/family via email.
The menu for next rehearsal: I decided to wait on recording Christmas in Cambridge. I think it’s hard and needs more rehearsal time. So, we will record in January. No one will know we didn’t record it at Christmas. We can promote it as “Here’s what CGO was up to during the holidays” and release the recording.
Let’s start with Dulcinea, then all 3 Purcell, Christmas in Cambridge (somewhere in here we’ll have tea), Tren Urbano, Fairy Pools. Not sure if we’ll have time for anything else. Might be a good idea to play through the pieces we work on as if we were at a recital. If we have some time, we can always work on 2 Themes. Thanks again and see you soon…happy practising! Valérie”
I thought I had sent out the links to the videos, but in case I forgot here they are again:


Set dressing and face paints

Dear CGO members,
I have bought a few items for set dressing and some face paints for tomorrows recording session.
Anyone good at face painting or who have a family member who is and could come along? Could do with a few extra brushes and sponges also.
I don’t have a suitable mirror to bring along, and no I am not a vampire!

CGO Rehearsal 20th October

Dear CGO members,
It is time to raid the dressing up box for the video recording this Sunday. Don’t forget, I don’t want to be the only one. Here’s the plan from Valerie:
“Be prepared for a ghostly afternoon recording Gnome Zombies and Weeping Angels. There is promise of cake at break time!
Also, we will rehearse non ghoulish music, including Fairy Pools, Tren Urbano (I can hear those metronomes ticking away), & Duclinea. I know Christmas is a long ways away but it would be lovely to record the Christmas carol piece I wrote for CGO. So, we will start rehearsing this in October, rehearse it a lot in November and record at end of our November session. One of our members is away in December, so hence recording it in November. If time permits this Sunday, maybe we could play through both Walton?”
There will probably be a follow up email about part allocations, Carol music etc.

Michael Poll – Rodrigo Concerto at the Bloomsbury Festival on the 12th of October

Dear CGO Members,
About the complimentary ticket I mentioned at the last rehearsal.
If you would like to use the ticket please email me a number between 1 and 100 before 11pm Sunday 6th Oct and the closest to the number I’ve selected (using gets the ticket. Note that I’ll be on a canal boat at the time so won’t be submitting a number myself.
Here’s an excerpt from my correspondence with
“Dear Mike
That is great news. I will arrange a ticket. Very best wishes Katie
On 24 Sep 2019, at 21:56, Dr Michael Dennis Addlesee < <>> wrote:
I am sure one of the members of the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra would be pleased to attend if a complimentary ticket was made available. Thank you.
Mike Addlesee
CGO Chairman”
For whoever gets to use the ticket it might be best to email Katie and give her your name so the people at the door know who to admit.


Michael Poll is performing the Rodrigo Concerto at the Bloomsbury Festival on the 12th of October 7:30pm – 9:30pm.
Venue: Great Hall, London House, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury London, WC1N 2AB
More information and links to his work are available on his website, Michael Poll has performed across the UK, the US, and South America, where he has earned praise for his refined and patrician interpretations. His debut album, of Bach for 7-string guitar, has garnered over 750k streams in the four months since its release, and has several hundred monthly listeners across the UK.