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Current Season: Autumn term (19th September to 5th December 2023)

Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

Update 5th November 2023

Dear all,

It is four weeks to our Christmas Concert at All Hallows’ Church. Many thanks to Guy for circulating the poster. Please do all you can to advertise our concert. Ticket sales are on the door, no need to book in advance. We will have a pre-concert rehearsal on the day. It would be a great help if as many people as possible can get to the church as close to 6pm as you can, in order to clear the altar and set up the seats for the orchestra. We will also need volunteers to assist with putting everything back after the concert.

Concert dress is the usual black and white for men (black jacket, white shirt with black bow tie, though festive bow ties are also welcome! and black trousers) and black for women. We usually bring Christmas decorations to put on stands and some accessories for us to wear to bring in the Christmas spirit.

Please could you confirm participation by letting Guy know your full name/instrument for the programme in good time. This will help us fill any gaps prior to the concert.  Please also let Rob know if you are unable to make any rehearsals but are still aiming to be there on the night – this is useful when planning upcoming rehearsals.

Call for volunteers for the Buffet – we would be really grateful for extra people  manning the Buffet at the end of the concert. As always, our contributions to the Buffet are by no means compulsory, but if you are able to contribute, please do sign up at rehearsal or let Guy know what you are bringing.

Section leaders – please could you ensure that there are enough copies of parts for your section, particularly for extra players who will be joining us on the night. We have some pieces confirmed already (mentioned in the poster) and should know the full repertoire this coming week.

Rob, Laura and the SLO committee.

Update 18th October 2023

Dear all,

Rehearsals are back in full swing and it has been great to see you all and so many new faces. Please spread the word – there is always room for more strings, in particular Double Basses, 1 x Bassoon, French Horns, 1x Trombone, 1x Tuba and any tuned percussionists.

It has been great to have your suggestions for music to work through this term. Alex has been successful in obtaining a wide range of music for us to work through even with the challenges of transposing parts!

We are already planning for the Christmas concert and All Hallows Church in Allerton has once again been booked as our venue for Tuesday 5th December 2023. More details on start time for rehearsal on the day and the full programme will be provided in due course.

Likely contenders for the Christmas programme are Schubert’s Rosamunde overture, alongside William Alwyn’s Suite of Scottish Dances. Please can section leaders ensure you have enough copies of these two pieces for your section folders.

If you are unable to make any rehearsal in the lead up to the concert, or are unable to make any of the proposed concert dates for this year, please could you let Rob know. For next year we have pencilled in Tuesday 21 May for our Spring concert and have been invited back to take part in the Prescot Festival again, this time to open the Festival on Friday 21 June 2024. Please mark the dates in your diary!

We meet weekly right upto the Christmas concert (we are not having a break this October half term).

Rob, Laura and the SLO Committee

Update 6th August 2023

Dear all,

We hope you are enjoying the summer break (despite the weather!) after our concert at Prescot Parish Church, which was a fitting end to the 10 day Prescot Arts Festival. Audience feedback was exceptionally good and our programme appreciated by all. Thanks from Rob especially for all your hard work in rehearsal and on the day, with some well prepared solos (you know who you are!).

Rehearsals will resume on Tuesday 19th September at the Synagogue. We don’t have any clashes with Jewish Festivals in the Autumn term this year. The provisional date for our Christmas concert (dependent on the availablility of All Hallows’ Church) is Tuesday 5th December 2023. Programme will be confirmed nearer the time.

Please spread the word – there is always room for more strings, in particular Double Basses, 1 x Bassoon, French Horns, 1x Trombone, 1x Tuba and any tuned percussionists.

Let’s hope for more than the odd day of sunshine during the next few weeks and look forward to seeing you in September!

Rob, Laura, and the SLO Committee

Update 8th March 2023

Dear all

Rehearsals are now in full swing and going well. Great to see you all, and a warm welcome to all our new members. 

Dates for your diary: 

There are 3 rehearsals left before we break for Easter, the last of these being Tuesday 28th March. We then break for two weeks so there will be NO rehearsal on the 4th or 11th April. 

After Easter, we start back on Tuesday 18th April. This means there will be 4 rehearsals before our Spring concert at All Hallows’ Church on Tuesday 16th May. There will be a rehearsal at All Hallows as normal on concert day (6pm start if possible). 

Following the concert at All Hallows’, we have a short break and do not meet for rehearsals on 23rd or 30th May. 

We have managed to secure the Synagogue for some extra rehearsals in readiness for the Prescot Festival concert in June. Our summer term will be slightly extended this year and we will be rehearsing on 6th, 13th and 20th June, with a rehearsal in the afternoon (3pm start if possible) at Prescot Parish Church (concert venue) on Sunday 25th June. 

Please let Rob know if you are unable to make either the May or the June concerts if you haven’t done so already, so that we can see where we need to fill any vacancies. All instruments are welcome though we are looking in particular for horns, tuba, trombone and all strings, especially double bass. 

Rob, Laura, and the SLO committee 

Update 1st January 2023

Dear all, firstly Happy New Year! We trust this update finds you all in good health. A belated thank you for another successful Christmas concert, which was enjoyed by all who attended, the buffet certainly went down well!

Just a reminder that we are not meeting for rehearsal until 17th January, but there is a social get together planned for 10th January at our usual venue, the Toby Carvery on Aigburth Road, Aigburth, L19 9DN. Please do ask if you haven’t been before but would like to join us, as there is space to add more in.

Let Guy know if you are planning to attend if you haven’t already. They have asked for a £5 deposit per person in advance this time to secure the booking, so we would be grateful if anyone having to cancel their place due to illness or other unforeseen events could let us know in good time, as the deposit may not be refundable. 

Looking forward to rehearsing more new pieces this term. As always, new members are welcomed, string players in general, bassoon, trombones x2, tuba and French horns (2-4).  

Rob, Laura, and the SLO committee

Update Sunday 13 November 2022

Dear all, we had a welcome return to our social get-togethers last month at the Toby Carvery Aigburth. It was lovely to see so many of you there. Do take a look at the photos on the Facebook page if you haven’t seen them already.

Our Christmas concert is fast approaching with just three rehearsals left. Please let Rob know if you’re unable to make any of the remaining rehearsals. The poster above has now been circulated by Guy – if you haven’t received a copy, let us know at rehearsal and we can check that we have up to date contact details for you.

Please spread the word about our concert – we look forward to welcoming everyone to All Hallows’ Church ready to get into the festive spirit and join in with some well known carols!

Rob, Laura and the SLO committee

Update Thursday 8 September 2022: 

Orchestra get-together planned for Tuesday 4 October 2022. 

Dear all, hopefully you have seen the email from Guy regarding the proposed get-together at our usual venue, the Toby Carvery Aigburth Road, Aigburth, L19 9DN. For those of you who haven’t been before, it is just by the Cricket Club. Menus can be found on their website here.

Those of you who can make it, please could you let Steph know by the 2nd rehearsal back (20th September) to allow us to give the Toby advance notice. Either via email or when back at rehearsal is fine to put your name down for a place.

Look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday, 13th September for a 7.30pm start. 

Rob, Laura and the SLO committee.

Update Monday 22 August 2022:

Autumn term rehearsals:

Dear all, we hope you are continuing to stay safe and well and have enjoyed a well-earned rest over the summer break.

The rehearsal schedule for the autumn term has been confirmed as follows:

A slightly earlier than normal start on 13/09/22, with a second rehearsal on 20/09/22. There is then a temporary hiatus with NO Rehearsal on the following two Tuesdays (27/09/22 and 4/10/22) due to Jewish festivals.

We will return to consecutive rehearsals each Tuesday from 11 October 2022 (including the October half term). Our last rehearsal of the autumn term will be Tuesday 29 November 2022, with our Christmas Concert on Tuesday 6 December 2022.

The Venue and start/finish times for the Christmas concert will be confirmed as soon as we are able.

Please spread the word among all regular and past members of the dates for rehearsals. New members are always welcome, in particular, all string players in general (especially double bass), bassoon, trombones (x2), tuba, and French horns (2-4).

Look forward to seeing you all in September!

Rob, Laura, and the SLO committee.

Rehearsal Venue: Liverpool Reform Synagogue, 28 Church Road North, Wavertree, L15 6TF

Autumn term: 13/09/22 & 20/09/22 then break. Resume on 11/10/22 to 29/11/22.

Winter term: Dates tbc

Spring term: Dates tbc

Update 5 August 2022

Dear all

After another successful concert, and a great end to the spring term playing through Malcolm Arnold‘s Symphony No. 5, amongst other pieces, we hope you’re all having a well-earned rest this summer!

Weather permitting, an SLO meet up in Greenbank Park L18 1HQ is planned for Saturday 13th August from 2pm onwards, as some of us did last year. We suggest that people meet near the children’s play area. You might want to bring something to sit on (blanket or chair) and a drink/snack, or food/drink can be purchased from the café. We’ll keep an eye on the forecast of course and let you know ahead of time if anything changes. If anyone needs directions please ask.

See you there!
Rob, Laura and the SLO committee