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Coronavirus Cancellations

Dear Members and Associates,

I don’t think anybody will be surprised to learn that we are going to have to cancel our forthcoming meetings on account of this virus proliferation.

The committee has agreed the following:

Sunday 5th April: Portstewart meeting – cancelled

Sunday 3rd May (originally planned for Sunday 10th May): AGM – cancelled. Until we can rearrange the AGM, the committee has agreed to continue in a caretaker capacity.

Sunday 14th June: Regular meeting – to be decided later, but unlikely to go ahead

Sunday 28th June or Sunday 4th July: Barbecue – to be decided later, but unlikely to go ahead

Also – Wednesday 1st April: Ards Guitar festival – cancelled; ensemble rehearsals – cancelled.

At this stage we intend to proceed with the Bangor guitar weekend at the end of August, so if you have not done so, please contact Keith or any other member of the committee, to register your interest.

Best wishes to you and yours. Keep well and keep playing your guitar!

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Next Society Meeting – 9th June

Our next meeting at the Ulster College of Music is on Sunday 9th June 2019 at 3.00pm. Assuming a large number attending we shall arrange cluster groups before a regular members’ recital.

Other News:

Before that meeting (as already mentioned) the society ensemble is performing at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor this Friday 7th June at 7.30pm. Those members (and friends and family) not involved in the performance are very welcome to attend, and we are hoping that some may be inspired to join the ensemble next season!

Plans for a barbeque at the end of June are still in development, so more on this later.

The new committee for 2019-20 will be meeting in late July to plan next season’s programme. However, just to remind you – the CGSNI Derry Guitar weekend is on again this year, with a similar format to last year, but including a professional recital this time. The dates are Sat 24th – Sun 25th August. That’s the August Bank Holiday weekend. No doubt there will be more from Keith about the festival soon, but in the meantime please make a note in your diary of the dates.

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Ards Guitar Festival 2019 – Gary Ryan

Hi folks,

The Society will be performing in support of Gary Ryan at this year’s Ards Guitar Festival on Wednesday 3rd April at 8pm in the Queen’s Hall in Newtownards. This is sure to be a great recital, so make sure you book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Gary will also be hosting a guitar workshop on Thursday the 4th of April at 11am.

More information and tickets can be found at the Ards Guitar Festival Website

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Derry Guitar Weekend 2019

Hi all,

Robbie and Keith met with Sean Woods on Tuesday to discuss what can be done this year in terms of a self-funded festival.  The dates would be 24th and 25th August, the Bank Holiday weekend. Sean has some money set aside from a private business donor which could be used to bring over a professional guitarist.  Both Carlos Bonell and Matthew McAllister have offered to support the Festival and Sean is optimistic that one of them would come and give a recital as well as teach.  Otherwise the format would be similar to last year i.e. technical teaching, cluster groups with professional guitarists in attendance, ensemble, members recital.

Sean will also contact the same venue we used last year (Irish Language Centre, Great James Street) to confirm that we can get the same premises at the same price.

Once again, the cost of the festival would depend on the number of participants but if we can achieve similar numbers to last year the fee for the weekend would be £60.  This should cover at least the hire of the premises and Sean’s fee.

Please let the Secretary (Keith – email secretary.cgsni gmail.com) know whether you would be interested in attending.  If we can get a reasonable number of commitments at this stage then Sean can contact a professional musician to attend the festival. It goes without saying that the more support the festival can get, the stronger it will be.

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New Programme of Events

Hi all,

Just a quick update to let any interested parties know that the Events page has been updated with the events programme for 2018/19. Have a look and put the dates in your diary!

A note from this year’s chair regarding the ensemble:

Keith has already started a rehearsal programme for the society’s ensemble, with plans to perform at the Ards Guitar Festival next April and to feature a charity concert early in 2019. I want to encourage all those members who have not been involved to seriously consider joining the ensemble. There is great camaraderie at rehearsals. Performing in ensemble provides an opportunity to develop your performance skills. If you haven’t played in this format before, you will be amazed at what it does for your sense of rhythm, timing, counting and listening skills!

Hope to see you at the next meeting!

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BBQ and Derry Guitar Weekend

Hi folks – friendly reminder that the annual BBQ is taking place this weekend on the 1st of July. All are welcome – please contact the secretary for directions and more information.

Also, the L-Derry guitar weekend will take place in the Cultural Centre at 37, Great James Street in the city (http://culturlann.org/Sat 25th and Sunday 26th of August.  Sean has negotiated  the use of this venue for the full weekend so we should have access to a range of rooms between 9am and 5pm each day.  I have suggested to Sean that the we begin each day formally at around 10am in order to allow people to travel for just one day if they so wish.  Also we can finish both days with a members’ recital so that everyone gets an opportunity to perform at some stage during the event.  Sean will construct a programme around this framework and this will include a short recital by Sean himself of pieces which he can still play in spite of the focal dystonia.   The cost of the weekend will be £40 per head (£20 for one day only).  Of this £25 will be for Sean’s fee and £15 for the room hire with the balance being being paid from CGSNI funds.

Although the response has been excellent, and there are 16 people interested in attending all or part of the weekend, there is still time to register an interest with Keith. This should be a great event and we hope you can attend and support it!

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Sunday 13th & Monday 14th Events Galore

Hi all,

A quick reminder of the two events this weekend.

First our monthly meeting this Sunday 13th May at the usual time and place of Ulster College of Music at 3pm.

Secondly, on Monday 14th May the society ensemble will perform with the UCM Ensemble as part of Arts Care’s Spring Arts Festival at the Belfast City Hospital, 7.30pm. Flyer with more info attached.

Hope to see you there,

Declan

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Next Meeting & Ards

Hi all,

Our next meeting will take place this coming Sunday 8th April in the usual spot of Ulster College of Music at 3pm. This is a regular meeting and we’ll also have the Ensemble playing in preparation for their performance at the Ards Guitar Festival, which happen the following Wednesday.

Hope to see you all there,
Declan

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Performance Date Change

Hi everyone – the concert that was listed in the previous post has been rearranged due to the bad weather at the time.

The concert will now take place on the 22nd of March at 7.30pm in a Macmillan Cancer Support Centre on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. Hope you can make it!

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Previous Meeting, A Recital & Christmas Lunch

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Thanks to all who attended on Sunday. It was a great workshop by Gerry O’Gorman and his knowledge and approach provided us all with insights in how to approach a piece of music (On Joe’s Deck by Roland Dyens) and present that music convincingly.
There will be a concert on Monday 19th December featuring two members of the society. The concert at Belfast City Hospital will feature Gerry and Robbie with flute and violin and selected readings for Christmas. Free of charge and all welcome. Concert flyer below.

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The annual Christmas lunch at Rockmount Golf Club (http://www.rockmountgolfclub.com/) will take place on Sunday 18th December at 2pm (lunch for 3pm). Please let us know if you wish to attend by this coming Saturday 10th as we need to give numbers to Rockmount.

Last Sunday there was an Extraordinary General Meeting to ratify the revised constitution. It was passed and is now in operation. Minutes of the EGM attached (thanks to Keith for his work on the constitution and Robbie for his work on the minutes).

Hope to see you at the Christmas lunch, but if not a Happy Christmas and New Year to all.