Following the government’s advice our meetings in St George’s Church have been cancelled until further notice.
However, the Branch is holding monthly virtual meetings via zoom and we enjoyed a zoom recital given by Andrew Collis on 5 September.
In December we held a special zoom meeting in memory of Marion Panzetta our honorary president for life who passed away last year.
Emma Murphy gave a much enjoyed zoom recital on 9 January 2021 at 14:30.
On 26 June we had invited Julie Dean from the London Recorder shop to present her on-line Maintenance Workshop, explaining about voicing and how to look after your recorder. The lively and informative session was much enjoyed by Branch members and guests and we all came away with clearer ideas about how to look after our instruments.
On Wednesday 18 August twelve Essex Branch players played in the courtyard of Ingatestone Hall, carrying on with our tradition, which had been temporarily halted by the pandemic. We were lucky to enjoy a sunny (albeit windy) day and it was great to play music in a real setting rather than sharing on a screen.
We have held our first face to face meeting at St George’s Church Hall in Brentwood on 4 September, when 15 Branch members turned up to enjoy the sound of real music. Our AGM took place on Monday 6 September, it was short and lively. The existing Branch committee existing of Madeline, Liz, Christine, Annelies and Janet has been reelected and we have one new member: Peter Walker.
This was the programme for 4 September:
|Charpentier||Prelude (Te Deum)||SATB||ms|
|Vaughan Williams||Bushes & Briars||TTBB/SSAA||ms|
|Dowland||3 dances||SATTB||Helen Hooker|
|Sermisy||Tant que je vivray||SATB||Helen Hooker|