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December 2021 Newsletter

I am delighted to inform you that Paul has volunteered to convene the first meeting at the college…..Truly an historic event!  No more fitting stalwart member to be in the lead on that day.  You are now invited to book in for the meeting on Sunday 9th January 2022 (NOTE this meeting is now fully booked).  This will be on a first come-first booked basis.  We are able to accept 12 members in addition to Paul as convener.  It may be necessary to ask members to step aside from subsequent meetings (from time to time) so that we can provide equity of access.

The dates of subsequent meetings are planned as follows:

6th February

6th March

3rd April

8th May

5th June

Membership Subscriptions: So far seven members have paid their 2021-22 subscriptions.  I want to remind the remaining membership (except for honorary members) to please make a contribution of £10-00 to Society funds.

Best wishes for the New Year and here’s to a successful meeting on 9th January!

Robert

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Message from the Chair – Meeting in Person

Dear Members,

First and foremost, I trust that you are all well, and I wish you all a Happy Christmas!

You will be interested to know that Paul, on behalf of the committee, has negotiated a return to “f2f” society meetings at the college. The current proposal is to have a meeting in the college on Sunday 9th January 2022. Unfortunately, because of the room size, we shall need to restrict the number of members attending to 12.

It will be necessary to employ a protocol, as attached, to comply with (viral) safety rules, with the intention of protecting members and other users of the college.

Please be on the lookout, in early January, for an invitation from the convener to book a slot for the meeting, notwithstanding any new restrictions that may appear with respect to the Omicron variant.

(I have to say, being a medic who has had a career in molecular pathology, that it is fascinating to know that the general public are learning about viral mutational activity, and the Greek alphabet!)

May your God go with with you,

And all the best. Robert

Image of text regarding protocols in the Ulster College of MusicImage of text, Ulster College of Music protocols part 2

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AGM

Members – the AGM will be held as a Zoom call this year. It will be held on Sunday 17th October at 3pm with the primary aim of selecting a new committee, which will then be in a position to negotiate with the UCM regarding possible timing of reconvening at the college in person. Please give some thought to the possibility of standing for committee membership, and if you have ideas of that nature please let Robbie know beforehand.

If you wish to take part, or cannot take part and want something to be raised at the meeting, please contact Robbie and he will send you the invitation if desired.

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BBQ Cancellation

Dear Members,

We were originally scheduled to have our June meeting this Sunday, 14th June. Since we are not allowed to meet indoors as a group, and only small cohorts may meet outdoors, it is not possible to have the meeting. At this stage the barbeque is also off the list. I do not know as yet whether our Bangor weekend will be possible, but if it does go ahead we shall have to work out all the social distancing and hand hygiene logistics, etc. Valerie Hartzell will not be coming as she is in “shielding” mode and has no intention of travelling or performing on this side of an effective vaccination programme. Sorry for the gloomy news.

On a brighter note there is an active society WhatsApp group, which I believe has a had a couple of virtual meetings using Zoom. Members of the group have posted little videos of their own home performances, and there has been lots of discussion on a wide range of topics from nail care to Leo Brouwer and even on growing leeks! If you are a member and are not signed on to the group and wish to do so please get in touch.

I have attached a little article about the society below, recently published in Making Music’s magazine.

MakingMusicJune2020

All the best for a bright and musical summer.

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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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North Coast Events & Derry Festival

For anyone visiting the North Coast this Summer, there are a couple of events of note coming up:

Music at Mussenden Temple

Our member Damien O’Connor will be performing on Sunday 18th August 12noon to 2pm. Link

Portstewart

Keith and Robbie will be performing at Warke’s Deli on the Promenade, Portstewart on Saturday 27th July 4pm till 5pm.

Guitar weekend in Derry

The programme is shown below. If you wish to come it’s not too late; please contact secretary.cgsni (at) gmail.com!

CGSNI DERRY MEETING
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
37 Great James Street
L/Derry BT48 7DF

Sean Woods and Isabel Martinez

Sat 24th Aug

9am Access to Building

10 – 10.15am Welcome and housekeeping

10.15- 11am Technical workshops Sean/Isabel

11am Tea/Coffee

11.15- 12noon Technical workshop Sean/Isabel

12noon- 1 pm Cluster Groups Split into three groups and with Sean and Isabel circulating between the groups

1pm – 2 pm Lunch Break

2pm – 4pm Ensemble (Sean)

4.15pm Members recital

5 pm Close

7.30 Concert performance by Isabel Martinez in the DDCF Church, Northland Road.

Sunday 25th Aug

9am Access to Building

10am Sean/Isabel Masterclasses (2 x 30min)

11am Tea/Coffee

11.15-12.15 Masterclasses (2 x 30min)

12.15-1pm Cluster Groups

1pm Lunch Break

2pm – 4pm Ensemble (see below)

4.15pm Members recital

5 pm Close and disperse

There are two pieces for the Ensemble:

  • Faure Pavane (transcribed by Ed Mitchell)
  • “The Tree on the Moor” Gary Ryan (written for the 2012 City of Derry Guitar Festival)
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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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Portstewart Meeting

Next meeting of the society: 3pm – Sunday 7th April 2019

Portstewart Baptist Church Café

This is a reminder that our meeting next week will take place in Portstewart as above. Approaching Portstewart from Coleraine you will see the church on the left at the very outskirts of town. There is plenty of handy parking just there. If anybody needs a lift please contact the secretary email address or me and we shall sort out travel arrangements before the end of the week.

All the best. Robert

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February Meeting – Ed Mitchell Workshop

Hi folks – sorry about the tumbleweeds, not much happening recently!

Experienced guitar tutor Ed Mitchell will be leading a workshop for the February meeting of the society. This will be a good opportunity for learners to work through a piece in a group setting – the piece will be a study that Ed has composed himself. You can get a copy of the piece in advance by getting in touch with the Secretary.

The workshop will happen on Sunday the 3rd of February at 3pm in the Ulster College of Music. Hope to see you there!

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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!