The Old Farmhouse
Chairman: Steve Meredith
Tel: 07975 854595
31st May 2021
Good afternoon to everyone and I hope you are keeping well.
Well things are moving towards us being able to perform again! We hope to start rehearsals for Trial by Jury and Opera highlights on September 2nd with performances at Taunton United Reformed Church from November 5th to 7th. Hilary Marshall, David Hedges and Chris Ball are working on a more detailed schedule at the moment which will include audition dates etc. The only reason I say hope is that the government guidelines that came out on May 17th currently don’t allow for more than 6 people to sing indoors in England although more are permitted in other parts of the UK. We await the revised guidance when national restrictions are lifted and in the meantime are working with Making Music and other bodies to ensure that our voices are heard in this matter.
I also mentioned last time that we were actively looking for an alternative rehearsal venue. I’m now able to tell you that we will be using Vivary Park Golf Club for our rehearsals in the future. John Fisher is an active member there and he has arranged its use for us. We will have the club to ourselves in the evening and be able to store any kit and our keyboard there. The club manager has also agreed to open the bar for us so that anyone can have a hot or cold drink throughout the evening. This will allow us to enjoy some social time together which has not been possible to date. Ample free parking is available in Fons George car park and there is a well-lit path from the car park to club (about 2 minutes’ walk). I hope that you will enjoy our new facility.
We had our AGM in January at which we elected a new treasurer to take over from Lindsay Thorne. I’m pleased to say that Lance Moir has agreed to take on the role and is in the process of having a handover from Lindsay (ongoing due to lockdown reasons). I am hugely grateful for all of the work that Lindsay has done here and am pleased that she has agreed to stay on the committee for at least another year. Thank you to Lindsay and welcome to Lance. I’m also delighted to be able to tell you that Sam Baker has agreed to be seconded to the committee so welcome to Sam too.
On a much sadder front we have lost two long standing members of Somerset Opera over the last few months in Sybil Hiscocks and Bunny Roberts. Both ladies were longstanding members and supporters of our group and our thoughts go out to their family and friends. On a similar note, Guy Robinson has informed us that there will be a memorial service for his father, Christopher, on Sunday 5th September at 2.30pm at The Church of St Andrew and St Mary at Pitminster. If you would like to attend then please telephone Guy on 07776 228706 or email him at email@example.com
Congratulations to Vicky Armillotta who has graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music and will be starting at the Royal Academy of Music in September. She is now actively working to raise funds to see her through the course. If anybody would like to donate then Vicky has set up an online fundraiser site at https://gofund.me/4169c22f
Finally,I would like to let you know that Stephen Grimshaw and Sue Goodman are compiling a database of Somerset Opera’s previous performances from the archives which includes cast listings etc. This looks to be a fascinating document and we will publish it on the website when possible. Thank you to Stephen and Sue for doing this for us.