Sidmouth Folk Festival Big Band Online

Hi  Everyone,

I thought you might possibly like to join in with this year’s Sidmouth Folk Festival
Big Band run by Nick and Mary Barber.It will be on zoom and is free! I go most years and it’s such fun, ending in a Ceilidh. All the music is downloadable and it can be accessed through Facebook and Google.
Cheers
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Rehearsal Sunday 26 July cancelled

Rehearsal Sunday 26th July proposed outdoor practice – cancelled 
Long Ashton have not been in touch about our planned rehearsal on Sunday 26th
 Steerers   will continue to communicate with them in the hope that there will be   good news in August .
With thanks for your patience
Liz   – for the Steering group
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Small group rehearsals – we’ll have to wait a bit longer

Dear Brigstowe players,
No sooner do you make a plan than it has to change .
 You may have seen an item on Points West yesterday about  instrumental groups rehearsing  . The phrase used in the government directive is :

non-professionals should currently not engage in singing or playing wind and brass instruments with other people given these activities pose a potentially higher risk of transmission and while research is ongoing”. 

 
Sadly steerers feel that in these circumstances they cannot continue to  arrange small group rehearsals. However  26  of you replied to Fritjof’s  mail   to release your e mail addresses to band members   and he has compiled a intercommunication directory which  he plans to send out soon so you can make your own arrangements should you wish to .
 Steerers will continue to watch for any changes  and keep fingers crossed that we can all meet at Long Ashton on July 26th .
 Liz ( for Steerers)
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Provisional plans for the next couple of months – rehearsals and group recording

See message from Liz below about plans for the next couple of months:

Sunday July 12th 2-4 Zoom rehearsal  led by Laurel
including final discussion of the audio and video recording of Banbury Bill

Sunday July 26th 2-4pm : proposed ‘outdoor ‘ practice on the field at the back of Long Ashton Community Centre run by members ( * TBC – lockdown rules permitting)

Sunday August 16th 2-4pm : outdoor practice at Long Ashton run by members or Laurel if she is available (TBC)

Steerers Helen , Liz and Fritjof , will offer their gardens to facilitate the opportunity for Brigstowe members to meet in smaller groups outdoors ( probably max 6 ) for additional practice. We will need to know which ( if any ) group members plan to join. Date and time to be decided.

In view of data protection concerns you will have received Fritjof a members ‘opt in’ for release of data permissions

3 small groups facilitated by Helen , Fritjof and Liz .

Keep safe

Liz (for steerers group )

Group Recording

Plan A : for internal consumption only
We rehearse a tune- probably Banbury Bill

Laurel will post a recording of Banbury Bill and send it to everyone. This will be a new recording not one of the existing files on line

Everyone wears headphones to hear the guide and makes a recording on a separate device (e.g. play audio from computer via headphones, record on phone) See previous post for example of recording of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra  which was recorded using  mobile phones – as an example of what is possible

Everyone sends their audio to Laurel who mixes it to make one file that sounds just like the whole band.

Laurel sends the finished audio to everyone

Everyone films themselves playing their part – including smiling whilst playing and dancing/ listening along in the rests

Everyone sends the film to Laurel

Laurel makes a video to accompany the audio

The final thing would look like one of those recordings of an orchestra or choir that have been doing the rounds!

 

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Next virtual BVB rehearsal Sunday 28 June

The next virtual BVB zoom rehearsal will be on Sunday 28 June.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

You may like to take a look at this wonderful lockdown recording of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra – all recorded on mobile phones.

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Laurel’s Travelling with Thomas project – shows this week

Dear Brigstowe Village Band,

Here are the details of my Travelling with Thomas folk musical project. The shows this week are the culmination of 6 months songwriting and a virtual R&D that myself and the project artists (3 dancers, 3 musicians) did during May and June.
The show is 2 x 35 minute halves with a 15 minute interval. Each show features 3 of the 6 artists plus myself and designer Lizzie Watts. We’ll all be introducing the pieces, talking about the show’s background, what happens next, and comments on both the challenges and the fun. The pieces themselves will be on beautifully constructed film – so that we’re not at the mercy of my dodgy broadband.  There’ll be some optional ‘tasks’ to do during the show and a chance to ask questions to the artists at the end.
More details on the website, I’d be totally delighted if you’re able to join me – and thanks to everyone who’s already coming!
Best Wishes,
Laurel
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Next virtual BVB rehearsal Sunday 14 June

The next virtual zoom BVB rehearsal will be 2pm on Sunday 14 June.

Look forward to seeing you all.

Please see message below from Liz about the format of the rehearsal:

Dear Brigstowe members

With members approval, steerers propose a differently focussed rehearsal  on Sunday

We are going to attempt  to produce an audio visual  presentation  for internal consumption only . We have two possible approaches

 Plan A

We rehearse a  tune- chosen  from Laurel’s suggestions of   Banbury Bill  or  a SW tune – maybe Wet Weather – maybe WW96 – maybe the new one, Loose Petticoats
or something really safe and popular like Opera Hat

Laurel records a guide and sends it to everyone.  Much like the zoom rehearsal where you only hear her  and yourself.

Everyone wears headphones to hear the guide and makes a recording on a separate device (e.g. play audio from computer via headphones, record on phone)

Everyone sends their audio to Laurel who mixes it to make one file that sounds just like the whole band.

Laurel sends the finished audio to everyone

Everyone films themselves playing their part – including smiling whilst playing and dancing/ listening along in the rests

Everyone sends the film to Laurel – or someone else if someone else wants to do it!

Laurel – or someone else – makes a video to accompany the audio

The final thing would look like one of those recordings of an orchestra or choir that have been doing the rounds!

Plan B  for discussion at ‘ break time on Sunday

Individual / small group performances .

Tunes on a theme, songs , words, dancing  . Max length 3 mins for each ‘performance ‘ .  An initial run of about half an hour .

To be assembled by Lyn , John M and possibly Chris Chaloner .

Please note: We will be practicing the tune during the rehearsal and then, afterwards at our leisure, make the recording while listening to Laurel’s guide track. We will then send it to Laurel.

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Next Virtual BVB rehearsal Sunday 31 May

The next BVB virtual zoom rehearsal will be on Sunday 31 May.

Hopefully the technology will be kinder to us than last time.

Laurel has put the list of tunes to be played here.

Look out for an email with the zoom link.

Look forward to seeing you there.

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More virtual rehearsals planned – dates for your diary

Thank you to everyone who has supported our virtual zoom rehearsals. They have been very successful and a really enjoyable couple of hours in these strange times.

Thank you very much to the 25 people who have already paid their subs for this term. This means we can continue to have virtual zoom rehearsals led by Laurel every two weeks.

We are happy to support anyone who feels unable to pay subs at this time. It would be helpful to let Chris (treasurer) know. Such notification will be treated in confidence.

Please log in to the next BVB virtual zoom rehearsals on Sunday May 17th, May 31st, June 14th and June 28th.

All our May and June gigs have now been cancelled ( with the exception of Feed Bristol which is still provisional).

Look forward to seeing everyone on May 17th

Best Wishes

Liz – for the Steering Committee

 

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Virtual BVB Rehearsal Sunday 3 May

There will be another Virtual Zoom BVB Rehearsal on Sunday 3 May.  Please see document below for details.

Next rehearsal

Looks forward to seeing you there.

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