It will not come as a surprise to find out that we will now not be able to meet back up due to the lockdown restrictions that come into force on Thursday this week (November 5th).
We will monitor the situation and remain positive. Ceri & Beth are hoping there might be an opportunity to offer a pre-Christmas playthrough session at some point. Obviously we won’t know if this is feasible until the beginning of December, but we’re hopeful that as we’re supposed to come out of lockdown at the beginning of December it may be possible for us to come together mid-December, potentially on Friday the 4th or 11th just for a festive Christmas playthrough.
Just to let you know as well that we will release our newsletter once we all get back to playing.
Everyone’s health is paramount in our minds so until we meet back up please take care of yourselves.
Thank you to all musicians and their families and friends who attended and helped with the concert and donated raffle prizes. We had good attendance again and would like to thank Kevin Godbold for raising our profile in the local press and radio. Thanks also to Rosemary and David Harrison who again sponsored the church hire fee. We raised £564 from the ticket sales and raffle.
Our musical theme for spring and summer 2020 is ‘Music from the British Isles’.
Spring Term Events
The main event this term is ‘A Fenland Musical Showcase’ on 21st March at St Peter’s Church, March. March Can’t Sing Choir will also be performing, with FMCA providing the musical accompaniment to a few pieces. This event is designed to showcase instrumental talent in March and at FMCA. Any soloist wishing to play should speak to Beth or Ceri.
A free playing workshop is being held between 4pm and 6pm for training orchestra players with an open invitation for any orchestral musicians from March to join in. There is also a chance to try out a selection of orchestral instruments from 3 – 4pm. Please see the poster on our website for details and promote it where you can. We hope that more musicians from March will be inspired to join us at FMCA to build numbers in our musical groups.
Please can you help?
As you know, FMCA is a volunteer run charity and we always need more practical help. We would like assistance with the following if you can spare the time:
Tuck Shop sessions 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Helping with the tuck shop involves setting out the tuck, making a few teas and coffees and taking money for tuck at breaktime when the Training Orchestra finishes at 7.15pm and/or other groups finish at 8.15pm. If you are able to occasionally help with this, please speak to Nyree or Harriet or Sophie.
Ideas for Fundraising and help to organise and run any events
To help us generate the income to cover costs without raising fees we are hoping some adults and young people will come up with ideas for fundraising & social events. Please email FMCA or speak to Nyree, Maxine or Harriet if you can help with a fundraising social event.
Are you working for a company, or know someone, that might sponsor an event or donate to us? Please tell us so that we can write to them to ask if they are interested in helping out.
Saturday 21st March
A Fenland Youth Musical Showcase, St Peter’s Church, March
Sunday 26th April
Concert Band play in the Market Square, March at St George’s Fayre
June Concert with Guildenburg Choir at St Peter’s Church, March
June Rotary Concert at St Peter’s Church, March (All FMCA groups) 7pm
Saturday 4th July
Coffee Concert at St Peter’s Church, March (Recorder Consort) 11am
Sunday 5th July
Summer Music at West End Park Bandstand 2 – 4pm
FMCA Spring & Summer Events 2020
Saturday 20th June – Concert with Guildenburg Choir @ St Peter’s Church, High St, March
For Intermediate Orchestra (& Community members), Training Orchestra & Recorder Consort
5.30pm – 6.30pm
Rehearsal for Intermediate Orchestra & Guildenburgh Choir
Concert with Orchestras, Recorders and Guildenburgh Choir
Saturday 27th June – FMCA Rotary Concert @ St Peter’s Church, March
Friday 26th June – FMCA session @ St Peter’s Church, March for concert practise. For all FMCA Groups Please donate items for the raffle.
Saturday 4th July – Coffee Concert@ St Peter’s Church, High Street, March
For Recorder Consort
Sunday 5th July – Summer music @ West End Park Bandstand
For Concert Band, Swing Band, Recorder Consort & Wind Ensemble
Thank you to all those who took part in the summer term events – St Georges Fayre, Picnic in the Park, the Rotary concert at St Peters Church (which raised £684) and the Bandstand Concert. We played ‘Music from the Movies’ themed pieces and are grateful to all the local organisations involved for their sponsorship and donations. We are playing our usual festive Christmas music this term.
Many thanks to our website expert, Matthew, who is currently updating our website by giving it a new, improved look. We are looking to add a lot more information about FMCA and make it easier to access important information. We also intend to streamline our Facebook page and update it more frequently over this year.
Thank you also to Sophie, Henry and Adrian, who do a vital job in stocking and running the tuck shop as well as being front of house at concerts.
Please see Ceri or Beth if you are unable to play on any dates:
1st December March Christmas Market 1.10pm – concert band only
6th December Concert Practice 6pm onwards at St Peters Church
7th December Christmas Concert 7pm at St Peter’s Church, March
20th June Concert with Gildenburg Choir
27th June Summer Rotary Concert
Can you help out?
We need occasional assistance with the tuck shop so that pressure is not just on one or two people every week if you can help out. The tuck shop is popular with children and adult players during break time. To help generate more income to cover costs without raising fees, we also need ideas for fundraising and help organising social events. Please speak to Nyree, Maxine or Harriet if you have ideas or can help organise something.
FMCA finishes after the concert on 7th December and starts again on 10th January 2020. Have a great Christmas!