It's not time consuming and the work isn't onerous- and many hands make light work as they say!
The concert team set up everything on the morning of the concerts so that's not a problem, but we do need help during the interval and at the end.
If you feel you could help please contact Gill Smyth on 01227 277227 who will be happy to talk it through with you.
Dear Members and Friends
I'd like to remind you of our forthcoming concert on Sat 25th Sept 2021 at our usual venue St John's Methodist Church Argyll Road Whitstable at 7.30pm.
We are starting our new season with a violin and piano recital from Charlotte Rowan (Violin) and Charlotte Stephenson (Piano). It's a wonderful programme with works by Grieg, Schubert/Liszt, Mendelssohn and others. Charlotte is acclaimed for her virtuosity and masterful command of the violin. Born in Scotland, she was invited aged 16 to study at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, USA, graduating with honours. Whilst studying in the USA she was invited to perform for the Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, for Baltimore Chamber Music Society and at the Smithsonian Museum in the Washington Performing Arts Series.
Our 2020 season was curtailed halfway through due to the Covid restrictions so we are delighted to be able to welcome everyone back for the start of a completely new season.
The Restrictions have now been lifted sufficiently to allow concert going as it used to be! Nearly everyone in our audience will probably have had both their "jabs" and I am confident people will take sensible precautions. Though it is no longer compulsory, please feel free to wear a facemask if you feel more comfortable with this and obviously please do not come if you have any Covid symptoms. I was lucky enough to attend one of the BBC Proms in the Albert Hall the other evening and it was wonderful to see such a large audience enjoying the concert and socialising during the interval. I even bumped into a member of the Whitstable Music Society as I was going in!
John Walker, Chair.
When we rearranged our season for 2021/22 we agreed to pay our musicians 50% of their concert fee upfront to help with the really awful effect the pandemic has had on musicians' livelihoods and they were really appreciative.
This greatly depleted our funds so it was very gratifying when one of our members wrote to say that she was so pleased with what we had done to help the musicians that she was sending us 50% of her season ticket cost for next season upfront to help with our finances. Sure enough a few days later a cheque for £42.50 arrived. This was such a thoughtful response for which we are very grateful. If anyone else feels moved to replicate this please make a cheque for £42.50 payable to Whitstable Music Society and send to Gill Smyth, Sardine Cottage. 6 Cushings Walk Whitstable Kent CT5 1EZ and we will credit this to the cost of your season ticket later in the year.
Our new brochure will be coming to you in the Spring of next year and we hope that all our Members and Friends will be pleased and delighted to return to live chamber music once again after such a difficult year.
John Walker, Chairman