The banch has been in existence since the 1950s, started at the instigation of Brian Crispin, who with his wife Sally, was responsible for running the branch for many years. Sadly both have now moved on.
Eric Chapman was our Musical Director until 2000, and sadly has since also moved on. We have not had a Musical Director since, but have had many excellent visiting conductors.
Our monthly meetings used to be very popular, but for a number of reasons attendances have gradually become lower and more variable, but those who do attend always enjoy the sessions. We have however been greatly helped financially by two very generous donations.
This year, partly because of Covid, we have arranged a more limited programme of two half-days and four Playing Days, which we hope will prove popular. We are not accepting new members this year, we have re-enrolled existing members. Thus all those attending are asked to pay a fee.
Sessional fees For all participants:
Half-day meetings: £7.50
Full-day meetings: £15 (no half-day rate).
Our previous venue is not currently available so we will be at another location for most meetings (one meeting will be at another venue). Please note the venue for each meeting, and check back here before travelling in case of last-minute changes (hopefully these won’t be necessary).
Depending on the situation we may decide to introduce Covid protective measures, eg mask wearing (not during playing !), social distancing and hand gel. We expect those attending to cooperate with these.
It is also possible that we may need to cancel meetings at short notice (usually this would be a few days in advance). Please check back here before travelling!