ARTS IN EDUCATION - YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAMME
T R A I N I N G O R C H E S T R A Conductor – Mike Shaw
Hall, Guthlaxton Community College, Station Road,
Wigston Magna - Saturdays 10.00 am to 12.45 pm
Congratulations on being offered a place in one of the three Saturday orchestras run by Arts in Education. The
Training Orchestra rehearses weekly in preparation for a series of public concerts, and offers students the
opportunity of playing exciting and challenging music from the Orchestral repertoire. As a member of the TO you
will receive top quality training from a highly experienced conductor and a professional coaching team.
In order to have been offered a place in the Training Orchestra you must have auditioned and performed well.
You will find that the Training Orchestra plays to a very high standard. This is not achieved lightly and for you
to consider accepting this offer of a place, it is important that you think of all the implications first.
To reach such a high standard requires dedication from all members. You will be expected to practise your parts
regularly, and occasionally take them to your lessons to get your teacher's advice, and you will be expected to
attend all rehearsals and concerts as scheduled. The success of the orchestra and the standard of playing
depends on everyone attending all rehearsals as part of the team. The performances will be of the highest
standard you have ever achieved, and the targets will help you lift your playing to new heights.
Concert dress for boys is black trousers, white shirt, black shoes, black dinner jacket (or school blazers
are acceptable without badges) and a bow tie. Girls should wear black dresses or skirts (at least knee
length) or trousers with a black blouse and black shoes.
Provisional Concert and rehearsal schedule
Please see the attached sheet for all known Training Orchestra rehearsal dates, course dates and performance
events. Full details of performances (rehearsals, ticket information, etc. will be issued two/three weeks prior to
Please check the rehearsal and concert dates carefully. This is very important; if key members of the
orchestra are unavailable on concert dates the orchestra may be unable to perform. Advance notice of
your commitment at this stage will help us plan in good time.
Currently, transport is provided from various points around the City and County at a subsidised cost to parents.
Members using Arts in Education transport should alight at the Guthlaxton Campus. Parents delivering or
collecting students should note that there is only a limited area of parking space on the front car park (adjacent
to Station Road) or at the lower end of the site. In the interests of safety, car drivers are asked to negotiate the
‘roadway’ between the parked coaches on the main car park with great care and never to attempt to leave the
Guthlaxton site by the entry only gate.
The cost of buying or hiring orchestral parts is a big expense to this orchestra. Please take great care of all
music issued to you and always return it punctually and in good condition. There will be charges for both late
and non-return of music - £5 for every copy returned after the deadline to cover the extra costs incurred and £10
for every copy which we have to replace.
If for whatever reason you decide to leave the band / orchestra / ensemble, you must return all your music to
Fiona Chamberlain at Arts in Education as soon as possible. Failure to do so will result in you being charged for
Arts in Education Website
Arts in Education regularly circulates written information about classes, rehearsals and performances to
parents/carers. It is not possible to direct mail all information because of the numbers involved and routine letters
are often handed directly to students. Arts in Education will also put copies of any letters to performance groups
on our website on the bulletin board so that parents / carers can check details or obtain another copy if a letter is
mislaid at www.leics.gov.uk/artsined. Letters regarding performances will be posted on the Performance
TRAINING ORCHESTRA COURSE
Training Orchestra courses occur once every term and are an ideal way to focus on musical
improvement and strengthen friendships within the group. Attendance for the entire course is
The first course this year is Saturday 18th September and Sunday 19th September at Guthlaxton
Community College from 10.00am until 4.00pm each day.
On Saturday 18th September it will be possible for members to use the Arts in Education
transport to get to Guthlaxton but you will need to make your own arrangements for transport home
on this day and to and from Guthlaxton on Sunday 19th September.
Nobody will be allowed to leave the site during lunchtime and all students will need a packed
lunch and drinks.
Arrangements for Concert days will be circulated to parents/carers for each event.
PLEASE RETURN THE ENCLOSED REGISTRATION FORM BY
MONDAY 9TH AUGUST 2010
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR MUSICAL YEAR WITH THE TRAINING ORCHESTRA
Remember - the first rehearsal is at the venue listed above on
SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2010
PLEASE BRING A PENCIL !
TRAINING ORCHESTRA (TO)
LEICESTER-SHIRE ARTS IN EDUCATION YEAR DATES 2010/11
Autumn Term 2010
11th, 18th, 25th, September
2nd, 9th 30th October (no rehearsal 16th or 23rd October)
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November
4th, 11th December (no rehearsal 18th, 25th December or 1st Jan)
Autumn Term Course Dates
Saturday 18th September 10.00am – 4.00pm – Guthlaxton College
Sunday 19th September 10.00am – 4.00pm – Guthlaxton College
Spring Term 2011
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th January
5th, 12th February (no rehearsal 19th, 26th Feb)
th th th th
5 , 12 , 19 , 26 March
2nd, 9th April (no rehearsal 16th, 23rd, 30th April)
Spring Term Course Dates
Saturday 22nd January 10.00am – 4.00pm – Guthlaxton College
Sunday 23rd January 10.00am – 4.00pm – Guthlaxton College
Summer Term 2011
7th, 14th, 21st May (no rehearsal 28th May, 4th June)
11th, 18th, 25th June
Summer Term Course Dates
Saturday 21st May 10.00am – 4.00pm – Guthlaxton College
Sunday 22nd May 10.00am – 4.00pm – Guthlaxton College
Autumn Term 2010
Gala Concert – Sunday 5th December 2010, 7.00pm - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Spring Term 2011
Concert – Tuesday 12th April 2011, 7.30pm – Holy Trinity Church, Leicester
Summer Term 2011
Orchestral Concert – Sunday 3rd July – 7.00pm The Civic Hall, Bedworth