Rydal 2017 – the best yet?

Another Rydal week has come and gone – far too quickly! – and once again, the weather played a significant part.  We had some rain nearly every day, but most of it fell during the morning rehearsals, leaving enough gaps in the clouds to allow outdoor activities in the afternoons.*

The hail that was forecast on Thursday morning did NOT materialise, but the sun that was promised for Friday did make a brief – and very welcome – appearance.

Some new members joined us this year, and appeared to enjoy themselves!  We had strength in depth in each string section, and exactly the right number of woodwind players – plus a full percussion department.  There was a solid brass team, as usual, although we anticipate needing an extra trumpet and trombone for next year, so spread the word.

We ended the week with the customary Friday night quiz, where ‘Fingal’s Conclave’ (very droll) enjoyed a comfortable win.  They didn’t come top in every round, though, and it would have been a much closer contest had they not scored double points in the ABCD game.**

So now it’s back to real life, and the countdown to Rydal 2018.  Thank you to every single person who contributed to this year’s course – our administrator, our conductor, our soloists, playing members, non-playing friends and family, passers-by who came in to listen, the staff of Rydal Hall, plus two very friendly dogs.

Happy Christmas!


*Please send any photos (of any activities, not just outdoor) that you’re happy for us to publish, and we’ll put them up on the website.

**Could this possibly be because they had more players than any other team?  Note to the Quizmaster: some refinement of the rules might be in order for next year.

2017 notes: food and light

A picture of some food that is similar to what we might be eating at the Rydal Orchestra

There are only a few more days to go until we meet again at Rydal Hall, and there are a couple of final details to tell you about.

Firstly, for those who are staying in the hall, the timing for the evening meal has moved to a slightly earlier time of 6pm.  This is to make sure that there is plenty of time for the full three courses to be consumed in a leisurely manner without having to rush off for the rehearsal.

Also, we have asked the staff at the hall to ensure that all the lights in the barn are working and positioned correctly, but if you have stand lights you might want to bring them along.

See you in a few days!

2017 final arrangements!

It’s eight and a half weeks to go until we all meet at Rydal Hall on 29th July! Here are some final details.

Please arrive during the afternoon of Saturday 29th July. For those staying in Rydal Hall, you will be able to come in from 4pm, and tea and cake will be served in the entrance hall.  I will be in the hall to meet you from 4 o’clock in the afternoon.  The first evening meal will be at 6.30pm.

Our first evening rehearsal starts in the Bishop Bulley Barn at 7.45pm.

Remember to bring your instruments, music stands (labelled) and if you have access to a set of orchestral or chamber music parts then bring them along.

Dietary requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements (allergies, vegetarian, lactose intolerant etc) then let me know so that I can pass this on to the kitchen.  Also, if you have any other requirements then tell me so that I can make arrangements with the hall wherever possible.

I will need to send the final payment to Rydal Hall by the 8th July at the latest, so if you haven’t paid in full yet then please do so as soon as you can.  If you have any difficulties with this date then please just let me know.

For those staying in the hall, it would be helpful if you could let me know whether you are opting for full board or dinner, bed and breakfast, so that I can ensure that I give the kitchen the correct numbers for meals.

Also – this year, afternoon tea is an optional extra, so please let me know if you would like to take this option.

I’m looking forward to seeing you again on 29th July for another wonderful week!

Best wishes

Jane Edwards

Rydal 2017 letter

The days may be getting longer, but the time between now and Rydal 2017 is getting shorter!  If you are already booked in, then you should by now have received the letter below.  If you’re still thinking about it, then you should read it for information about payment dates etc.  And then get those skates on!

THE GENIN ORCHESTRA
62nd YEAR!
RYDAL HALL
29th JULY – 5th AUGUST 2017

17th February 2017

Dear Orchestra Member,

Here are the details for the 62nd year of the Genin Orchestra, which will take place from Saturday 29th July to Saturday 5th August 2017.

Rydal Hall have increased their prices slightly from last year. This is the first time we have increased the cost of full board since 2014.

The price options are shown in the table below.

Type of Accommodation Cost (adult) Cost (child) Notes
Full board £605 £245 (aged 5-9)

£365 (9 to 14)

Includes bed, breakfast, 2 course lunch, 3 course evening meal and morning coffee and cake and includes afternoon tea.
Full board (excluding afternoon tea) £585 £235 (aged 5–9)

£350 (9 to 14)

Includes bed, breakfast, 2 course lunch, 3 course evening meal and morning coffee and cake excluding afternoon tea.
Dinner, bed and breakfast

(excludes lunch and afternoon tea)

£505 £205 (aged 5-9)

£305 (9 to 14)

Includes bed, breakfast, 3 course evening meal and morning coffee.

 

If afternoon tea is required, this will bring the overall price to £525

 

None – orchestra only £120 for the week £60 Includes morning coffee.

 

Following some confusion last year, I have checked with the hall and afternoon tea definitely comes with cake!

If you would like to attend the course, here are the key dates for payments.

Deposit by 31st March 2017. For residents this is £100, for non-residents £25.

Full balance by 30th June 2017.

I have reserved 22 rooms for the Genin Orchestra, but any rooms which we have not filled will be released back to the hall on at the end of April 2017. This means that if I receive enquiries from orchestra members after 30th April it will no longer be in my hands, and will depend on whether the hall has any rooms left.

As usual, you can spread the cost over the next few months in any way you like, just as long as you let me know. Also, when you send you deposit, state which option you have chosen so that I can ensure the meal numbers are correct.

If you wish to pay online, or by standing order, the bank details are listed below…

Thank you for making 2016 such a successful year. I am looking forward to 2017 being even better than ever!

Jane

Exactly 6 months to go!

It’s 29th January, and there are exactly six months to go before Rydal 2017!

If you’re thinking about coming along, then now is the time to let us know.

Hope to see you there!

The winning limerick

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This year’s quiz was a riotous and noisy evening that ended with each team having to perform a limerick of their own, written on a randomly chosen theme and sung to a randomly selected tune.  The winning team were lumbered with having to sing a limerick about Albert Ketèlbey to the tune of Ding Dong Merrily on High.  And that doesn’t sound surreal at all.  Here it is:

There once was a man called Ketèlbey
Who went for a walk of a Fell. Be-
-fore he set out
He was crippled with doubt
About something but he wouldn’t tell me.

Our friend, a nice double bassist
Was very soon on the case, est-
-ablished his doubt
Was because he’d found out
That his music was casually racist.

2016 – another vintage year!

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What a brilliant week that was!  The weather started off well, descended into wintry gloom by mid-week, but recovered itself by Thursday evening to give us one of the best final days in years.  The music was just as varied, and we made full use of our newly enlarged brass section via Mahler, Mussorgsky, and Ketèlbey, among many others.

The new ‘higher-lower’ round in the quiz was an instant hit, and the result was in the balance until the very last minute, when ‘Mahler Flounce’ pipped the other teams to the winning post with their double limerick sung to the tune of ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’.

We had a few new members join us this year and I hope that they all felt welcome.  I also hope that they want to come back in 2017!  A word of caution – we do expect to be quite full up, so get your reservation in early.  We can usually accommodate one or two more brass and string players though.

We’ll publish some photos and other observations here in the coming weeks, as well as the list of music played.  Feel free to send any pictures in if you want the world to see them.

In the meantime – keep practising.  You have 51 weeks!

ONE MONTH TO GO!

2b5cf4374ff3bc670f2f674504e7f0baGuess what?  It’s time to start looking for your walking shoes, dusting off your music stand, and checking the weather forecast.  That’s right – it’s exactly ONE MONTH to go until Rydal begins!

Here’s the final letter, in case you haven’t seen it in the post.

THE GENIN ORCHESTRA

61st YEAR!

RYDAL HALL

30th JULY – 6th AUGUST 2016

Dear Orchestra Member,

It’s time to send you the final details and timetable for this year’s course at Rydal Hall.

Please arrive during the afternoon of Saturday 30th July. For those staying in Rydal Hall, you will be able to come in from 4pm, and tea and cake will be served in the entrance hall.  I will be in the hall to meet you from 4 o’clock in the afternoon.  The first evening meal will be at 6.30pm.

Our first evening rehearsal starts in the Bishop Bulley Barn at 7.45pm.

Remember to bring your instruments, music stands (labelled) and if you have access to a set of orchestral or chamber music parts then bring them along.

If you have any special dietary requirements (allergies, vegetarian, lactose intolerant etc) then let me know so that I can pass this on to the kitchen.  Also, if you have any other requirements then tell me so that I can make arrangements with the hall wherever possible.

I will need to send the final payment to Rydal Hall by the 16th July at the latest, so if you haven’t paid in full yet then please do so as soon as you can.  The different tariffs are shown in the table below.  Details of how to pay can be found in the table below.

Type of Accommodation Cost (adult) Cost (child) Notes
Full board £580 £244 (aged 5-9)

£336 (9 to 14)

Includes bed, breakfast, 2 course lunch, 3 course evening meal and morning coffee and cake.

 

If afternoon tea is required, this will bring the overall price up to £595

 

Dinner, bed and breakfast £495 £198 (aged 5-9)

£297 (9 to 14)

Includes bed, breakfast, 3 course

evening meal and morning coffee.

 

If afternoon tea is required, this will bring the overall price to £510

 

None – orchestra only £120 for the week £60 Includes morning coffee.

 

For those staying in the hall, it would be helpful if you could let me know whether you are opting for full board or dinner, bed and breakfast, so that I can ensure that I give the kitchen the correct numbers for meals.

Also – this year, afternoon tea is an optional extra, so please let me know if you would like to take this option.

I have enclosed the timetable for the week for your information.

I’m looking forward to seeing you again on 30th July for another wonderful week.

Best wishes,

Jane Edwards

 

Can you actually hold a violin?

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Or any orchestral instrument?  If so, we still have some availability for Rydal this year.  But be quick!  The course starts on 30th July 2016.

If you’re interested but can’t commit for the whole week, don’t worry.  You’re welcome to come and have a taster rehearsal for no charge.  Or you can just pass by and have a listen.  Feel free to get in touch with us here.

If you’re already planning to come, it’s time to check your strings / reed / mouthpiece, and pay your deposit (if you haven’t done so already).

The countdown has begun.