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July 2022 Newsletter

Society Barbecue

The barbecue will be held at the home of Edwin and Joy Mitchell at Raffrey, probably late July or early August. We cannot confirm the date just yet, but we shall let you all know as soon as possible.

Derry Weekend (in lieu of the City of Derry Guitar Festival)

The Derry Weekend has been booked in Bangor! This is most exciting news, as we had it all arranged in 2020, only to be scrapped because of lockdown.

Let’s call it the “Bangor Mini-Fest” for this year.

It will be held on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August.

We are delighted to inform you that two highly talented NI guitarists – Sean Woods and Brian Keenan – have agreed to provide tutoring and workshops during the Mini-Fest. Please mark your diary now – details to follow soon!

Membership Subscription:

We shall revert to normal fees this coming season. The good news is that the committee has agreed to keep the membership subscription unchanged – now for more than 10 years – and despite current inflation:

£20.00 for individuals
£25.00 for families
£15.00 concession

Fees will be payable at or before the first regular society meeting in
September. Paul has requested members to pay by bank transfer, if at all
possible, as this cuts down a lot of administration hassle for him.

Regular Society Meetings:

The autumn session of society meetings is planned as follows:

11th September – 9th October – 6th November – 4th December

As usual these will be held at the Ulster College of Music, Windsor Avenue Belfast on Sundays at 3.00pm.

There will be two Zoom meetings, mainly to accommodate those members who are overseas or just cannot travel to regular meetings. But everybody is welcome to sign in. The dates are 23rd October at 3pm and 27th November at 3pm. More details including the Zoom link to follow closer to the time.

Brian Keenan Recital:

The committee has agreed to sponsor a recital by Brian Keenan on a date of his choosing, preferably in autumn season. This is in part to thank Brian for his excellent coaching for the ensemble, and because we think it is vital to celebrate local talent at every opportunity. We need to book a venue and date that suit Brian, so we shall let you know details when it’s all sorted.

Christmas Lunch:

The Christmas Lunch has been booked for Sunday 11th December at Rockmount Golf Club. As usual the function room will be available after lunch for an informal members recital and associated seasonal craic. Again, more details to follow closer to the time.

Ensemble:

So far, eight members have signed up for the ensemble. Everybody is welcome to join, so if you are interested, please contact Keith.

Best wishes for the new season!

Robert

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