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Isleworth Baroque Calendar of events
Members Concert and Auction
Sunday 27th January 2013 at 7.00 pm
Turk's Head, 28 Winchester Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, TW1 1LF
The following lots will be auctioned during the concert. Some will be available via a 'Silent' auction and others will be auctioned to the group during the break in the concert.
Music written just for you:
A song/piece written for your voice/instrument, or a song written for and dedicated to you and sung by Rosalind, to a text of your choice.
Reserve price: £50
Improve your technique, prepare for an audition or just get singing again! Singing lesson from Rosalind in her studio or at your home.
Get your bike in good safe working order! (parts to be paid for by buyer)
Reserve price: £15
A 2-hour session for any ages, any abilities – by a qualified instructor
Reserve price: £20
Series of 3 Alexander technique lessons
Learn to use your body well: ideal for performers. Experienced and qualified practitioner.
a set of sessions to introduce a range of computer skills to the uninitiated or nervous: ideal birthday present!
18th c music prints:
Four illustrated pages from genuine 18th c. book of music
Reserve price: £100
a basket of goodies for a complete evening of personal pampering
Italian leather handbags
Choice of three (brand new) stylish leather bags.
Herz car hire
Use of a car for a weekend in the UK (or equivalent value towards holiday hire); worth between £80 and £400
£100 voucher for the famous Gauchos restaurant (Richmond), for a meal for two
Your own website:
a website designed and set up for you - or developed in partnership with you
a selection of beautiful home-made cakes from professional caterer/baker
Sort out your garden:
Clearing, planting, tidying or advice… an hour or 2 of gardening by experienced professional gardener- wisteria pruning a speciality (Wisteria is due to be done in early spring)….
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Sunday 27th January 2013 at 6.00 pm
Turk's Head, 28 Winchester Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, TW1 1LF
The Annual General Meeting of Isleworth Baroque will be held at the Turk’s Head in St Margarets at 6.00 pm. It will be followed by a Members’ Concert, starting at around 7pm.
Apologies for Absence
Approval of the minutes of the AGM held on 22nd January 2012
Musical Director’s report
Election of trustees
Post-production mini-review of The Dragon of Wantley
Any other business
Simon Pike (secretary) 30 December 2012
The following documents for the meeting are included in this mailing:
Minutes from the 2012 meeting – Nomination form for trustees – membership renewal form - Dragon of Wantley feedback form
PLEASE NOTE, MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2013 WILL BE £15:00 PER PERSON
Nominations for trustees
Please consider standing as a trustee (the term comes from charity law, and is in effect a member of the committee of the society). The rules for election of trustees can be found in Section 17 of the society’s constitution - please note that nominations must be made in advance of the meeting, and the person being nominated must indicate his/her willingness to stand. Nomination forms will be available at the meeting, or can be obtained in advance from the secretary.
There is no upper limit on the number of trustees. The current trustees are Laurence Slater (chair), Chris Hobson (treasurer), Simon Pike (secretary), Caroline Slater, Philip Johnson and Tony Moss.
The constitution of Isleworth Baroque is available at:
or from the secretary
Starting at 7:00pm at the Turks Head
The cost is just £10:00 to watch and £12:50 to perform - THIS INCLUDES BUFFET
Kate Cleeland will be organising the concert, so please contact her if you would like to perform: firstname.lastname@example.org (performers must be members, but anyone can come and enjoy the performances).
The Turks Head
28 Winchester Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, TW1 1LF
The Turks Head is just a few minutes walk from St Margarets Station. Although the pub doesn't have its own car park, there should be plenty of space to park on the streets around the pub (parking restrictions do not apply on Sunday).
Secretary 01635 864344 email@example.com
Christmas Carols, December 2012
We were asked to provide a group to sing carols at two venues.
1. Friday 7th December, 11.30am - 12 noon. Asda Superstore, Hounslow.
See pictures below:
2. Monday 10th December, 8pm at Meadows Hall, Ham. Carols to join in (for the Multiple Sclerosis Society).
Dragon at the Duck Market
Some members of the group staged an impromptu 'teaser' at Richmond's Duck Market on Sunday 14th October. Luckily, the sun shone and the costumes looked fabulous. Here are some photos captured on the day:
Future of Isleworth Baroque
Quakers Meeting House, 10th October, 8:30pm
There have been many changes to absorb this year with the sad and untimely death of our Musical Director Helena Brown in April and we need to now decide on how we are going to take the group forward.
We would like to invite friends, participants and supporters to let us know what they think about the future direction of Isleworth Baroque. To prompt ideas and show what possible options are open to us, we have prepared a paper (click on link below) to be read (if possible) before the meeting on Wednesday.
We would love to hear your opinions, even if you are unable to come to the meeting. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the paper about the future of the group
IB Baroque Banquet and Auction, 2nd December 2012
Tickets £25 per person plus optional donation
Ticket includes a drink on arrival, participation in the auction, entertainment (highlights from the Dragon of Wantley) and a splendid period banquet in a fabulous setting.
For details of the event and instructions on how to book tickets, click here
Venue: The Barn Church (St Philip & All Saints), Atwood Avenue, Kew TW9 4HF
We are holding a fabulous event just in time for Chirstmas. The aim will be to raise much-needed funds to cover costs for this years and next years productions as well as donating a proportion of the profits to a deserving charity.
The Auction will be in two halves - before we eat, there will be a 'silent auction' where guests can bid for the smaller items via a board. Later, after the meal, an auctioneer will auction off the larger lots to the assembled group.
Before the meal, and during breaks between courses, we will be performing a cut-down version of the Dragon of Wantley to entertain the assembled group.
A sing-and-play-along event to commemorate our founder and Musical Director for the past 10 years
- Helena Brown
July 8th 2012 at 7:00pm
The Turk's Head Function Room, 28 Winchester Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, TW1 1LF
It was wonderful to be able to get together and celebrate Helena's life and to hear some of the memories from members of the group. The music - played and sung from scratch - went with (almost) no hitches and I think we all felt that it was an evening that expressed what we felt about her.
The order of events was as follows:
Vivaldi Gloria in the first 'half' of the evening, with soloists from the group
The witches scene from Dido and Aeneas.
Linfea from La Calisto
The Beggar's Opera: Fill every Glass and the Lillybulero song and chorus
Handel Solomon: Music, spread thy voice around.
There was a collection in aid of the Musicians' Benevolent Fund - thanks to the generosity of those present, we can send a cheque to them for the amount of £230 in Helena's memory. Thank you! We received a lovely letter from the Musician's Benevolent Fund - click here to read it (pdf).
If you wish to share you thoughts about Helena - and read others - see her remembrance page here.
Here are some photos of the event:
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Jan 22nd 2012 at 6:00pm
Turk's Head, 28 Winchester Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, TW1 1LF
See links below for a calling notice for the AGM on Sunday 22nd January 2011, including the agenda. If you wish to be nominated as a trustee or would like to fill out your membership form for 2012, please open the docs below, print them out and send to Caroline Slater, 51 Anlaby Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0PB
calling notice & agenda - nomination for trustees - minutes from 2011 meeting - membership form
The Annual General Meeting of Isleworth Baroque will be held at the Turk’s Head in St Margarets at 6.00 pm.
It will be followed by a Members’ Concert, starting at around 7pm (entrance fee is £12.50 for participants and £10.00 for audience (price includes buffet)).
Nominations for trustees
Please consider standing as a trustee (the term comes from charity law, and is in effect a member of the committee of the society). The rules for election of trustees can be found in Section 17 of the society’s constitution - please note that nominations must be made in advance of the meeting, and the person being nominated must indicate his/her willingness to stand. See link above for a nomination form - these will also be available at the meeting, or can be obtained in advance from the secretary (email@example.com).
There is no upper limit on the number of trustees. The current trustees are Laurence Slater (chair)*, Chris Hobson (treasurer)*, Simon Pike (secretary)*, Caroline Slater* and Philip Johnson*, who are willing to stand for re-election.
The constitution of Isleworth Baroque is available at:
As we are a charity, we can claim the tax on all membership fees which makes a significant difference to our income. If you are a tax payer, please take a moment to fill out the attached form (click on the gift aid logo below) and send it in to us.
Ideas for Spring 2012 Concert
We are excited that 2012 will be our 10th Anniversary. To celebrate, we will be staging a Spring concert in which we will be performing highlights from productions and study days from across the years. Please feel free to suggest your favourite arias, ensembles, scenes from operas, choruses etc. Send an email to Janet - firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's have a concert to remember!
Talking about remembering things,
here is a list of the main productions/study days subjects that we have tackled over the years:
- Acis and Galatea / Coffee Cantata 2003
- Fairy Queen (Purcell)
- Venus and Adonis 2004
- King Arthur 2005
- Dido and Bastien/Bastienne 2006
- La Calisto 2007
- Indian Queen 2008
- Acteon and Secular Masque 2009
- Lilith 2010
- Beggars Opera 2010
- Solomon 2011
- Handel Solomon 2005
- Handel 2006 - Jephtha and Acis and Galatea
- Secular Masque 2007
- Purcell and contemporaries and Indian Queen 2008
- Acteon 2009
- Cupid and Death 2010
- Les Indes Galantes 2011
- Alcina 2005
- Handel 2009
- Vivaldi 2011
Please keep an eye on the website for more details.
Post Production Meeting for Solomon - Autumn 2011
A post production meeting was held at Quaker Meeting House on Wednesday 17th November 2011.
Notes to be posted here
AGM and Members Concert, January 2011
The Drayton Court Hotel 2 The Avenue West Ealing, London W13 8PH
Agenda - Letter to donors - Membership renewal
See links above for a calling notice for the AGM on Sunday 23rd January 2011, including the agenda. See attachment re Gift Aid from Chris Hobson.
Tom Beaton stood down as Membership Secretary and Caroline Slater was elected as a Trustee to take on that role going forward. Isleworth Baroque owe a huge vote of thanks to Tom who has done a brilliant job as membership secretary since the group was founded; he has also been responsible for writing the newsletter for much of that time - and has also had a key role in the ticketing for many of our big productions. Thank you Tom!
Minutes from the AGM 2011
The AGM was followed by the members' concert at 7.00pm.
Entrance: £5 for audience, £7.50 for performers
Post-production review of A Beggar's Opera Autumn 2010
A meeting was held at 6.00 pm on Sunday 7 November 2010, at Gunnersbury Triangle Sports and Social Club, Triangle Way Rear of Princes Avenue Acton, W3 8LN.
Gunnersbury Triangle Sports and Social Club
Its real name is Gunnersbury Sports and Social Club and it's real address is Triangle Way, Acton W3, but you can't see Triangle Way on most versions of the A-Z. If you go south east along Princes Avenue from Gunnersbury Lane (not to be confused with Gunnersbury Avenue) the entrance is off to the right just past the junction with The Ridgeway. Phone number is 020-8992 4755 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 020-8992 4755 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Nearest tube station Acton Town. Bus E3 goes along Gunnersbury Lane. There is a small car park which should be sufficient for our needs - the club is not generally busy at 6.00 pm on a November Sunday.
AGM and Members Concert 24th Jan 2010
The Drayton Court Hotel 2 The Avenue West Ealing.W13 8PH
Very many thanks to Judith Nicol who organised another great concert this year. We all had a great time.
The AGM was held before the concert. Two of the trustees stood down this year - Caroline Slater (secretary) and Bernard Stevenson (publicity officer). Two new trustees were elected - Simon Pike and Sylvia Bisset.
See Minutes of AGM
Please note, Simon Pike was subsequently appointed as Secretary to Isleworth Baroque
A double CD of the Autumn 09 production
Here is an ideal memento of the thoroughly enjoyable Autumn 09 production of Acteon and A Secular Masque. A professional-standard audio recording was made of Friday night's performance and has been made into a double CD - you can purchase a copy for the price of just £10.00.
Please email Laurence (email@example.com)
to order your copy now!
review of the Acteon and Secular Masque Autumn 09
We held a post-production
review on Sunday 8th November 2009,
starting at 6pm. The venue for the
Gunnersbury Triangle Sports and Social
Rear of Princes Avenue
Acton, W3 8LN.
Post Production Meeting for ’Acteon’ and
Minutes of meeting (thanks
to Alison Sands) are as follows:
Present: Laurence Slater, Chris Hobson, Sally Pinney,
Eileen Cairns, Alison Sands, Sylvia Bissett, Tony Wilson,
Rosalind O’Dowd, Margaret Berger, Bernard Stevens,
Laurence, as Chairman,
welcomed those present and opened the meeting.
Apologies: were received
from Ian Cutts, David Rhodes, Philip Johnson, Fleur
Hatherall(?), Judith Nichol, Jacqui Silverstone, Helena
Brown, Simon Pyke, Steve(?), Tom Beaton and Caroline
Alison took the minutes,
Caroline being indisposed.
Laurence conducted a
review of the double bill of ‘Acteon’ and
‘A Secular Masque’ which were performed
by Isleworth Baroque at Isleworth Public Hall on October
14th to 16th 2009. The review was done under a series
of headings as follows:
Choice of pieces.
It was the first time
IB had sung in French. Sally said there was a lot to
learn. Janet said the French came across well, because
the diction was good. Rosalind said the Acteon was in
a difficult register for the voice, also the choruses
were difficult and the harmonies unexpected. For the
sopranos the choruses were very high and hard to learn.
Reasons given for this were modern pitch and (in the
case of the Boyce) rewriting of the parts.
Bernard passed on a
comment from Philip that it would be helpful to have
the meaning of individual choruses explained notwithstanding
the historical perspective given at the outset by Laurence
in relation to the Boyce.
Sylvia said it had been
a lot of work to learn both works together. Laurence
agreed the Boyce had more choruses than is usually the
case. Eileen said she felt daunted when it came to the
Many people had commented
that the rehearsal period had started too late, in July.
Janet said that in the past this had been due to Helena’s
commitments but due to the new ‘modus operandi’
the rehearsal period could be advanced in the year.
Chris had wanted earlier
rehearsals for the orchestra but that the orchestra
had proved resistant to turning up to those rehearsals
scheduled! It was suggested that in future a session
should be devoted to looking through the score for continuity
and cues. Tony said that this year it had helped to
have a very clear conductor in Lesley (Lewis?) who nodded
at the orchestra to bring them in at the right place.
Bernard said that some
members of the orchestra don’t want to commit
to every rehearsal but that if orchestral rehearsals
were fixed earlier more would attend and would welcome
Laurence said that earlier
rehearsals should apply to both orchestra and singers.
Eileen would have appreciated
more rehearsal with the orchestra.
Rosalind said that another
of her music groups had much more time to learn the
parts, from November to performance in May.
Laurence suggested our
lead in should be early summer term rather than July
for performance in October.
was passed on for formal rehearsals initially, followed
by informal rehearsals to practise then formal rehearsals
again leading up to performance.
The MP3 files on the
website were very useful it was agreed but will not
be available again unless the music is out of copyright.
Eileen suggested that
a similar sort of recording but with all parts simultaneously
and continuously would be useful. It was pointed out
that there were full and complete recording available
via the website. This lead to a discussion about the
Sibelius system and it was concluded that if anything
similar could be done in future it would be looked into.
The Sunday rehearsals
were generally felt to be more productive, useful and
better attended. The Quakers rehearsals were not so
good for the orchestra and directing.
It was felt that Lesley’s
efforts had improved the quality and pulled the whole
thing together. Helena had previously filled the role
of conductor from the keyboard but had had too much
to do. It was also thanks to Lesley that the Roehampton
rehearsal venue was booked free of charge.
Sally said that it had
perhaps not been made clear to new singers that the
scores were for rehearsals only, because someone had
asked if they could be used at the performance. Rosalind
suggested a ‘welcome’ pack for new performers
It was acknowledged
that the website is a very good method of communication
amongst members although people need to check it regularly
for updated information.
Isleworth Public Hall
was used for all three evenings’ performances,
as opposed to last year’s production which was
at three different venues. It was agreed that one venue
rather than three is preferable. The criticisms of IPH
were that the stage was useless, and performing in the
round at seat level meant that people in the rear rows
had a poor view, as did those at the short side of the
L shaped seating arrangement. Also that the maximum
number of seats was set at one hundred and people had
to be turned away on the Friday night.
Simon had felt that
more rehearsals were needed in whichever venue was used
at the next production. This lead to a general discussion
about possible future venues.
It was accepted that
IPH has limitations but new venues should be considered.
However, all those proposed had at least one drawback
such as lack of orchestra space (Hampton Hill), no parking
space (Paul Robeson), nowhere for instruments and cases
(Musical Museum), no changing facilities(Chiswick Town
Hall) or simply cost and location.
Sylvia suggested a fourth
evening performance but this was tried one year previously
and was not a success due to it being a Saturday night
and not so popular with audiences, yet more expensive
for hiring. Also four nights plus two rehearsal nights
One of the reasons for
the lack of space in the auditorium is the increasing
size of the orchestra, which has grown continuously
but which is an important point of interest for audiences.
Laurence said there would not be any restrictions placed
on the size of the orchestra.
A recording had been
made of the Friday night performance by Michael Turner
of the Twickenham Choral Society and CD’s had
been produced for sale at £10 each.
It had not been possible
to hire professional directors so Laurence and Simon
had taken on these roles as amateurs. Laurence said
that with hindsight he would have ‘soloist only’
rehearsals. Also, he found it very frustrating trying
to direct when singers were not able to sing without
The acting and characterisation
was patchy, several people felt. Janet said that two
inexperienced directors had a hard job to do and that
professionals should be employed to lead the amateurs
as expressed in the ‘mission statement’
of the organisation.
Caroline suggested that
rehearsals could be structured so that people could
prepare a section in advance and learn beforehand.
Alison said that obtaining
a licence in order to sell wine had been problematic.
Communications with the managing body for IPH were poor
and it was not clear what form the licensing arrangements
were to take. Eventually after a series of email exchanges
and phone calls permission was obtained for Alison to
act as the licensee’s nominee. Ideally the terms
for selling alcohol at IPH should be agreed at the time
the booking of the facilities is made, and should specify
whether IB should obtain a Temporary Event Notice in
order to do this. This issue is being taken up by Tom
Beaton and the Friends of Isleworth Public Hall with
the managing body, Fusion Lifestyle.
Wine sales contributed
both to the enjoyment of the evening and to profitability.
Unfortunately, due to the success of Friday night’s
ticket sales and performance, the bar ran out of wine
before the end of the interval.
The children were popular
and Matt the baroque dancer was appreciated. Rosalind
said she would have liked to have participated but there
was not enough rehearsal time to practise the dancing
It was pointed out that
we should by law provide private space for children
to get changed in. The adult ladies would welcome this
Chris presented the
Financial Report for the production which showed that
an overall loss of £892 had been made. The reasons
for this were discussed. Possible explanations were:
the concessionary ticket price being too low, given
that the majority of the audience were concessions,
fewer singers participating, and an increase in professional
fees. The grants received had helped to cover the costs,
the applications for which Janet had spent a lot of
Chris said the theorbo
fees had varied a lot over successive seasons, that
the music copying costs had been absorbed in the Acteon
study day accounts, and that the flyers and the advert
in ‘Opera’ magazine had been a larger cost
than in previous years. Whether or not the latter two
items were effective expenses or not was debated but
it was hard to say without market research. The general
feeling was that these were worthwhile methods of publicity.
Laurence said that the
lighting technician was very helpful and had worked
Rosalind suggested IB
should encourage more participants by targeting music
colleges and courses although Janet pointed out that
this might result in IB’s regular soloists losing
out to younger rising stars.
Laurence returned to
the issue of obtaining a professional director; he had
written to 15 places without success.
Margaret said that the
costumes looked very good. The sashes had caused some
problems for the huntresses/nymphs.
Sally proposed a vote
of thanks to all the members of the Committee for all
their hard work.
closed the meeting.
review of the Handel concerts.
6:00 pm on Sunday 19 April 2009
The Gunnersbury Sports and Social Club
Acton W3 8LN
There was a general feeling that the Handel concerts
were a great success. However they were something of
a departure for Isleworth Baroque - we haven't done
that sort of thing before. Thanks to those of you who
provided some very helpful feedback by email in advance
of the meeting.
Some of the main points
that came out at the meeting are as follows:
8:00 pm on Thursday 7th May
2009 at Holy Angels Church, High Street, Cranford
Some of our members, - and most of our orchestra, are
joining the Norwood Green Singers for their performance
of Faure"s Requiem at Holy Angels Church, High
Street, Cranford, Middx on Thursday May 7th at 8.p.m.
Helena needs a couple more string players. The full
rehearsal is at the same church, at 7.p.m. on Thursday
23rd April (i.e. 2 weeks before the concert date, and
there will be a choral rehearsal on the 30th, too.)
Helena would be so pleased if anyone interested would
her ....or just go along.
7:00 pm on Sunday 25 January 2009 at
The Drayton Court 2, The Avenue, West Ealing, London,
Wow - what a great evening we had. Lots of good singing,
recitations, solo and ensemble instrumental pieces -
from Mozart to Gilbert and Sullivan, from Monteverdi
to Albert and the Lion!! We even had some originally-composed
pieces - this was their first public performance. Thanks
to everyone who participated and who came along to support
- it made for a really good time. We thought the venue
was great as well - let
us know what you thought.
Just to let you know, the AGM that took place prior
to the concert approved the rewording of the objects
of the group so we will be pushing ahead with the application
for Charitable Status with the Charity Commission.
of AGM - Revised
Production Meeting for Indian Queen
7:00 pm on Sunday 16 November
2008, Gunnersbury Triangle Sports and Social
1. Welcome, introductions and prize-giving (!)
2 The Indian Queen reports and discussion
2.1 Organisation (General Organisation; Location; Refreshments;
2.2 Performances (Music; Staging; Rehearsals)
2.3 Finance (Box Office; Grants; The Final Reckoning)
3. Future productions and events - general discussion
4. Any Other Business
See links below for short reports
and for notes of the key points from the meeting:
Report - Bar
Report - Publicity
Report - Key
points from meeting
General Meeting - 27th September 2008 at 5:30pm in The
Quakers after the rehearsal
All members were invited to an Extraordinary
General Meeting on 27th September at 5:30 pm to agree
the new constitution and elect Trustees.
The members that were elected as trustees
are as follows (roles required by charity commission
in brackets) :
Laurence Slater (Chairman)
Caroline Slater (Secretary)
Chris Hobson (Treasurer)
Helena Brown and Janet Oates will
still be very much involved in Isleworth Baroque as
Musical Director and Assistant Musical Director but
are not able to stand as trustees as they will - from
time to time - be paid professional fees for their work
with the group.
General Meeting - 8th July 2008
We held an Extraordinary General meeting
on Tuesday 8th July to decide whether to apply for Charitable
Status. The vote was unanimously in favour. We will
therefore be pursuing this and will need to call another
EGM to vote for trustees.
a rolling programme in the function room above The
Fox, Church Street, Twickenham, on 21st June
2008, much as we did last year: a programme of Baroque
music for 45 minutes at 2 o'clock, repeated at 3 and
Thanks to Janet for organising and
driving this through - it was great fun, although a
Quiz no 1
1. In Blow’s Venus
and Adonis, how is Adonis killed?
2. In which city did the Camerata meet, developing ideas
about monody and stile recitativo?
3. What do these opera characters have in common: Vespone,
Pu-Tin-Pao, Dr Crabbe?
4. The Siege of Rhodes is considered by some to be the
first English opera, staged by William d’Avenant
in which year?
5. Who would be given a warm bath before having their
jugular veins pressed until they fell into a faint?
6. Where was Cavalli born?
7. What are scattered on Dido’s tomb?
8. What instrument is St. Cecilia reputed to have invented?
9. The Concerto di Donne was the rather scandalous musical
secret of whom?
10. Berlioz, Busoni, Dusapin, Gounod and Boito all wrote
operas about which legend?
Enter the quiz
now - only £3 - and you have a chance of winning
a CD of Purcell's The Indian Queen.
Closing date for entries - extended till
the end of June
For entry form,
Tom Beaton wrote...
"If you have not already heard you will feel as
shocked as I was to learn about Cindy's recent death.
For those of you who didn't know her she was very active
with Stopgap Theatre over several years and Isleworth
Baroque talked her into taking on the production role
for us when we put on King Arthur in 2005. She did it
again for Dido and Bastien & Bastienne in 2006,
and we had hoped that she would carry on with us for
many years, but when Robert got a new job in Oxford
they moved there.
Robert will be known to some of you who didn't know
Cindy because he sang bass in Helena's Tuesday class
for a few years."
In the May newsletter, Tom gave an
"When I sent out an email to tell IB supporters
that Cindy had died I had an immense response. Tom Brooks
our stage manager wrote back saying "I am saddened
to hear this news. It was great fun to work with Cindy,
who got things done in her own inimitable style. She
always added a bit of class to whatever environment
she found herself in, almost a regal quality and way
of carrying herself. I treasure the memory of Cindy
in Fawlty Towers at Isleworth Public Hall, she was a
Chris Hobson noted, "It is a tribute to her that,
since she and Robert left London, we have struggled
to replace her. Absence has made us realise how much
she contributed to Isleworth Baroque"
Eight of us sang the final Dido and Aeneas chorus, With
drooping wings ye Cupids come, at Cindy's thanksgiving
service at St Michael's Sutton Court in Chiswick,
which was followed by a champagne reception in the church
at West Middlesex Hospital 5th April 2008
Saturday 5 April 2008 1:00 pm to 2:00
pm West Middlesex hospital main entrance hall/atrium.
This is the date that I said previously was provisional.
It has now been confirmed. We will perform for patients,
staff and visitors as they mill around or pass through.
The original idea was for the programme to be a shortened
version of the members' concert, but additional pieces
may be required if some people are not available (though
in the circumstances of the concert some repeats would
probably be acceptable). Tom is coordinating the programme.
Please help by getting in touch with him rather than
waiting for him to contact you, either to say you will
do your members' concert piece and/or to offer an extra.
(Tom 020-8568 3756). If you took part in the members'
concert but can't or don't want to do this one could
you let him know too, so that he knows where we are
sooner rather than later.
Creation by Haydn 24th April 2008
Thursday 24 April 2008 at 7:30 pm.
Holy Angels Church, High Street, Cranford Norwood Green
Singers perfomed parts of THE CREATION by Haydn, led
by our own Helena Brown with Lindsay Bridgwater . They
would like 2 or 3 more singers to augment
the choir, and are hoping that our orchestra would like
to join in, too. All music can be borrowed, for this.
Helena said, "If you don't know it, it is a wonderful
piece." Rehearse on 17th April,
so keep both those evenings free. Contact Helena.
Catherine McManus organised a splendid
Members Concert in the Function Room of the Fox Pub
in Church St, Twickenham on Friday 15th Feb 2008.
General Meeting 2008
The AGM was on Sunday 27 January
- 8:00 pm at The Gunnersbury Triangle Club, Triangle
Way, rear of Princes Avenue, W3 8LN
We raised over £100 singing
at the Twickenham Festival this year - see flyer below
Sunday, 15th April 2007 at 7.00 pm
Friends Meeting House, Quakers Lane, Isleworth, TW7
1 Apologies for absence
2 Funding Isleworth Baroque's 2007 production of La
3 Any other business
To all members,
This meeting has been called by the committee for the
membership to discuss funding of this year's opera which
we intend to stage in October 2007.
Last year it cost us £5,319 to put on Dido and
Bastien.. Income from participants was £1,305
with £4,014 coming from ticket and other sales
and our own reserves in the bank.
This year we have not yet managed to find any sponsorship
or grants. Previously we have generally raised sufficient
extra funds from grant giving bodies, and two years
ago the amount we raised was sufficient to provide a
reserve which carried us through last year as well.
But there is now insufficient cash in the bank to continue
with our plans for this year's opera unless we come
up with an alternative plan.
One suggestion is that members should seek 50 donors
of £100 each, perhaps offering tickets if required.
Any surplus after production costs could be refunded
Other funding suggestions will be welcome at the meeting.
We want this year's production to go ahead, and we are
sure you do too, but we have to be satisfied that the
bills will eventually get paid. Please come along, buzzing
with ideas,and help to make sure that this year too,
'the show will go on'.
Call a committee member if you want to bounce an idea
around - whether you are coming to the meeting or not.
Helena Brown (chair) 020-8580 8429
Caroline Slater (vice-chair) 020-8943 5261
Alison Sands (secretary) 020-8992 3171
Chris Hobson (treasurer) 020-8948 0791
Cindy Belshaw (producer) 020-8994 2085
Tom Beaton (membership) 020-8568 3756
General Meeting - 28th Jan 07 8pm