Another brilliant week!


Rydal 2015 was a classic.  There were two major birthdays to celebrate: our oldest member, Doris, was 99 on the Sunday, and we marked the orchestra’s 60th year with cake, Prosecco, and a vintage quiz!

The weather was mixed but there was a good amount of sunshine and fourteen of us completed the Fairfield Horseshoe without seeing a drop of rain.

We had a number of new members who seemed to enjoy themselves very much, and who are all very welcome to return!  We probably need a few more violins, a trumpet and a trombone for next year, so get in touch if you’re thinking of joining the fun.

Remember to sign up early if you’d like to come again, to guarantee your place.

Only 51 weeks to go until Rydal 2016!

Details of 2015 course


All orchestra members should have received a letter from Jane Edwards (chief organiser) by now.  Here’s a reminder of the main points.

“Please arrive during the afternoon of Saturday 25th 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 15th July at the latest, so if you haven’t paid in full yet then please do so as soon as you can.”

Good work, Jane!

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Exactly 8 months to go!

christmaslakesIt’s nearly December, and we are recruiting for 2015 already!  There are still a few spaces available in the orchestra, mainly in strings, plus clarinets and brass.  See here. Remember that you can come for a taster session (if you’re in the Lake District) for free if you’re in two minds and are considering it for 2016.

N.B. As we hold the orchestra week in July, we have never experienced snow.  This scene is therefore not typical.