• September 2013 newsletter •


Welcome to the next extraordinary year in the life of our Orchestras. We are looking forward to welcoming New Parents and players this Saturday.

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Be a part of the charity supporting the Orchestras, membership subscriptions for the 2013 -14 year are now due, you can join online from a link in this newsletter.

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Contents

  1. Welcome from the Friends Charity 2013 – 2014
  2. Want to know more about the recent European Concert Tour.
  3. Cd recording of recent concert -possible one week delivery delay.
  4. Summer Musical Theatre Project – would you like to get involved?
  5. JS Bach Concert 21st September … Set to baROQUE the house.
  6. Website, Internet Communication Group and volunteering
  7. Well done to Lou Walker for completing her Channel Swim relay and raising funds for FHCYO
  8. What challenge could you take on to raise funds for the charity?

1. Welcome from the Friends Charity 2013 – 2014

The Friends of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra help support the Orchestra in many ways; behind the scenes at concerts and rehearsals but also financially through fundraising. The Friends need to raise about £30,000 every year in addition to funds from Hampshire County Council. We aim to ensure no one misses out for financial reasons.

The money we raise helps subsidise the overseas tours and the residential week at Bryanston. It is used to buy and maintain instruments, to hold workshops and master classes, to commission new compositions and help Orchestra members’ posture with Alexander Technique tuition.

The Friends also support the conductors and the Hampshire Music Service with organisation at concerts and rehearsals, put on social events, provide newsletters, maintain the website, run the tuck shop, and help in many other ways. All these important extras ensure that our orchestras can operate at their very best.

By joining the Friends and attending the concerts you will help ensure the continued development of opportunities for our talented young players in Hampshire. Your membership subscription goes directly to helping the orchestra.

Membership of the Friends of HCYO

  • is open to organisations and to individuals aged 18 and above
  • entitles members to one vote at general meetings
  • entitles members to receive discounts on tickets to concerts where announced

Membership Rates for 2013-2014

Annual Membership runs from 1 September – 31 August

  • Individual Annual Membership: £40
  • Individual Lifetime Membership:£150

Ways to Pay

Payment may be made online:

Payment may also be made by Standing Order, Faster Payment, Cash or Cheque (see Membership Application Form for more details).

Membership Application Forms for 2013-2014 will shortly be available to download here or by emailing friends.of.hcyo@gmail.com.

2. Want to know more about the recent European Concert Tour.

Great memories were made when the Orchestras went on tour over the Summer.
If you are new to the Orchestras, or missed the blog the first time round why not take  a look at what went on
http://hcyosoczech2013.blogspot.co.uk/

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3. Cd recording of recent concert -possible one week delivery delay.

The Recording has been mixed and sounds superb.  The original is being replicated  professionally and return of the copies is awaited.

We are hoping  to have  the CDs available for collection on the 14th as Mike will be personally collecting them on the 13th if they are ready.

If they are not available by the 14th they will be available at the rehearsal on the 21st (or sent out by post
next week for those who paid for Postal delivery)
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There will be a few spares if anyone has forgotten to order … But not many …  email to reserve one …  uk.dave.woods@gmail.com

 

4. Summer Musical Theatre Project – would you like to get involved?

Over the Summer many of our players and ex players have been involved in the www.ricnic.org.uk theatre project and put on Anything Goes at the Theatre Royal, Winchester. All of the people involved were aged  16  -20 years and the roles filled by our members included, Musicians in the Pit Orchestra, Stage Manager, Producer, Technical Director, set construction, lighting director and performing on stage. RicNic are looking for next years team now… Why not go on their site and find out more now or take a look a the video clip.
http://youtu.be/6c57PAP8SDo

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5. JS Bach Concert 21st September … Set to baROQUE the house.

JS Bach Concert 21st September … Set to baROQUE the house.

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6. Website, Internet Communication Group and volunteering

We have a website where we publish information you may find useful vist here www.hcyo.co.uk ;

We also have an Internet communication group for Friends, Family, Players and Alumni.

Please REGISTER  to receive email updates and help us communicate effectively.

Your details will be held securely and used by the Trustees of the Charity and Conductors to help us organise events and provide relevant news.

Our charity is run by volunteers, has no paid employees and minimal administration.

Occasionally we need your help. We use an online system to manage these requests www.volunteerspot.com
we will send out a link on which you can see the help needed and opt in to help. It is a simple secure system that reduces our workload and increases efficiency.

7. Well done to Lou Walker for completing her Channel Swim relay and raising funds for FHCYO

As a part of Lou’s fundraising effort you have the chance to win a meal for four at a Michelin-starred restaurant while raising money for HCYO.   Supporters of HCYO have a chance to win a 12-course meal for four, with wine, at Michelin-starred L’Ortolan in Shinfield near Reading. The opportunity comes from one of our parents Lou Walker who has just swum  the Channel in a relay to raise funds for 3 charities including our own.
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Now, with every £10 donated, a donor’s name goes in the hat for a chance to win.  If you donate £20 you have two chances to win; if you donate £50 you have five chances to win and so on.

“Eating at L’Ortolan is a fabulous experience,” says Lou, “but our prize winners will go one step further and eat at the Chef’s Table in the kitchen, in the heart of the action. They’ll be made a real fuss of by Alan (who you may recognise as a judge and competitor for Scotland on BBC’s Great British Menu) and his team.

“This is a fantastic prize. It’s great to be able to offer something in return for peoples’ donations when everyone associated with HCYO already gives so much to keep the orchestras up and running.  I really hope it’ll persuade some more people to part with their hard-earned cash… and for Friends to pass on the information to their friends, too. “

Full details and info on how to enter are on Lou’s Virgin Money Giving website: www.tinyurl.com/LouSwims.

If you prefer to donate to just one charity (FHCYO for example!) email Lou on lou@louwalker.com. You could provide a cheque or CAF cheque made out to Friends of HCYO and your name will go in the hat as normal.

“Training for the swim is going well. I’ve ticked all the official boxes – the hardest being a two-hour swim in cold water (12.2degC!). Now I’m just training hard to earn donors’ money with weekly two-hour swims, two shorter sea swims and a hard pool session, as well as three runs a week for maximum fitness.”

All funds raised go direct to Lou’s charities; she is funding the cost of the swim herself.  Please give if you can, and please pass this information on to other people who may like the chance to win this gourmet prize. (Just make sure they invite you along if they win!)

To donate: www.tinyurl.com/LouSwims

More info about L’Ortolan’s Chef’s Table here:http://www.lortolan.com/Chefs_Table

The raffle is licensed under the Gambling Act 2005.

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8. What challenge could you take on to raise funds for the charity?

If you fancy a new challenge why not raise funds for our charity at the same time?

You can set up a fundraising page linked to us here https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/thefriendsofthehampshirecountyyouthorchestra

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