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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

Singing lesson
Improve your technique, prepare for an audition or just get singing again!  Singing lesson from Rosalind in her studio or at your home.

Bike overhaul
Get your bike in good safe working order! (parts to be paid for by buyer)
Reserve price: £15

Cycling lesson 
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.
Worth £150

Silver surfing:
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

Pamper yourself:
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

Cake frenzy:
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
Chairman’s review
 Treasurer’s report
 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 meetingNomination form for trusteesmembership renewal form - Dragon of Wantley feedback form


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



Members' Concert

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: (performers must be members, but anyone can come and enjoy the performances).

The Turks Head, St Margarets

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).


Simon Pike
Secretary  01635 864344



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:

Carol Singing at Asda Carol Singing at Asda
Carol Singing at Asda Carol Singing at Asda

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:

Duck Market 1 Duck Market 2
Duck Market 3 Duck Market 4




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

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.

All welcome

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

Baroque BanquetWe 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.




Celebrating Helena
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.

Helena Brown

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 (

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:


Gift Aid

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.

Giftaid your membership fee



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 -

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:

Main Productions

  • 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

Study Days

  • 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

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 ( to order your copy now!


Post-production 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 review was

Gunnersbury Triangle Sports and Social Club
Triangle Way
Rear of Princes Avenue
Acton, W3 8LN.

Isleworth Baroque Post Production Meeting for ’Acteon’ and ‘Secular Masque’.

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, Janet Oates.

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 Slater.

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 staging.

Rehearsal period.

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 these.

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.

Other rehearsal matters.

Caroline’s idea 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 would help.

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 is exhausting.

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.

Amateur directors.

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 scores.

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.

The Bar.

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.

Dancers and dancing.

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 movements.

It was pointed out that we should by law provide private space for children to get changed in. The adult ladies would welcome this also.


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 time on.

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 very hard.

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.

Costumes .

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.

Laurence then closed the meeting.

Post-production review of the Handel concerts.
6:00 pm on Sunday 19 April 2009
The Gunnersbury Sports and Social Club
Triangle Way
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:

  • The format and programme were considered to be very good and it gave a number of memebers of the group a chance to perform. We should consider doing this again in future.
  • Audience numbers were quite modest for us - around 50 people for each of the three nights. However, even though we gave away free programmes and light refreshments, the production broke even. The idea of the programme being included in the ticket price was supported. The free refreshments were very popular, but maybe we should have a bowl for donations in future. Wine didn't make a profit, but we should still continue to provide it as it is popular. We should look into the licence fee we need to pay at IPH as this is currently prohibitive. The cheese from Yellow Wedge was very popular and we should consider doing this again.
  • We only had one rehearsal with singers plus orchestra - the singers would feel happier if there were at least two full rehearsals.
  • Saturday night cost us vastly more for hall hire but we didn't get a corresponding increase in audience numbers. Future productions should avoid Saturdays.
  • We weren't generally keen to go back to St Margarets - the acoustics and seating weren't very satisfactory/comforable. Having 3 different venues is hard work - setting up and transportation was a problem, also rehearsing before the concerts. We should finish rehearsing at least 15 minutes before the start of the concert.
  • Publicity - we liked the post-card flyer and poster. However, maybe the design should stand out from further away - perhaps with larger text. Also, maybe we should consider also having an A5 poster as well as A4 and post-cards. It was a good idea to go to Prontaprint to do the design - the general quality was better that for some of the previous productions as a result.
  • We should have better directions to the venues on the website for future productions - people had difficulty finding the St Margarets church, for example.
  • Tickets shoudl be sold in advance on the internet, not just for collection on the night
  • We should consider having general flyers for the group distributed as well as specific ones for productions.

Faure Requiem
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 contact her ....or just go along.

Annual Members Concert
7:00 pm on Sunday 25 January 2009 at
The Drayton Court 2, The Avenue, West Ealing, London, W13 8PH

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.

Minutes of AGM - Revised Constitution

Post Production Meeting for Indian Queen

7:00 pm on Sunday 16 November 2008, Gunnersbury Triangle Sports and Social Club

1. Welcome, introductions and prize-giving (!)
2 The Indian Queen reports and discussion
2.1 Organisation (General Organisation; Location; Refreshments; Publicity)
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:

Production Report - Bar Report - Publicity Report - Key points from meeting

Extraordinary 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)
Bernard Stevenson
Philip Johnson
Tom Beaton

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.


Extraordinary 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.

Twickenham Festival 2008

We performed 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 4 o'clock.

Thanks to Janet for organising and driving this through - it was great fun, although a bit exhausting!

IB 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, click here

Sad News

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 update:

"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 talented actress."
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 hall."

Concert 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.

The 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.

Members Concert: 2008

Catherine McManus organised a splendid Members Concert in the Function Room of the Fox Pub in Church St, Twickenham on Friday 15th Feb 2008.

Annual 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

Twickenham Festival 2007

We raised over £100 singing at the Twickenham Festival this year - see flyer below for details.

Twickenham Festival Flyer

Extraordinary General Meeting
Sunday, 15th April 2007 at 7.00 pm
Friends Meeting House, Quakers Lane, Isleworth, TW7 5AU


1 Apologies for absence

2 Funding Isleworth Baroque's 2007 production of La Calisto

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 to donors.

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

Annual General Meeting - 28th Jan 07 8pm

The Annual General Meeting was held at the Gunnersbury Triangle Club, Princes Avenue, Acton W3 on Sunday 28th January at 8pm.


Isleworth Baroque Greetings Cards

All cards are 5in x 7in and are blank inside for your own message. Use them for Birthdays, Easter or that special occasion. All cards are £1.50 each and come complete with envelope. All proceeds will go to Isleworth Baroque to help fund future productions.

Please email Caroline. I will be happy to send them to you if you send me a cheque for the cards (made payable to Isleworth Baroque) plus £1 to cover postage.

Bastien and Bastienne - Greeting Card

Bastien and Bastienne - 2006 production

5in x 7in

£1.50 each

Group at Rehearsals - Greeting Card

Group at rehearsals for Dido and Aeneas - 2006

7in x 5in

£1.50 each

Orchestra - Greeting Card

Orchestra for 2006 production

5in x 7in

£1.50 each

Members' Concert 1st December 2006

We had a Members' Concer on Friday 1 December 2006 at The Catholic Centre, 2 Dukes Avenue

All proceeds will go towards our next production.

Dido and Aeneas concert performance

We performed Dido and Aeneas as a concert performance on 17th September 2006 at 3.30 pm The Concert at St Stephen's Church.

* St Stephen's Church, West Ealing, is on the outer rim of the roundabout where St Stephen's Avenue, St
Stephen's Road, The Avenue and North Avenue (all W13) meet.

Our thanks to Len Marchant who made the arrangements for the concert. He is a member of both Isleworth Baroque and the congregation of St Stephen's Church.

Post production meeting:

7.30 pm on Tuesday 11 July 2006. The meeting was primarily to discuss what went right, what went wrong and what lessons to learn for next time.

2006 Twickenham festival:

We busked in Church Road in Twickenham on 11th June. It was a very hot and rather quiet Sunday!

Twickenham Festival 2006
Twickenham Festival 206
Twickenham Festival 2006

Previous productions:

In 2006, we performed Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Bastian and Bastienne (Mozart) 21st to 24th June 2006.

In 2005, we performed King Arthur by Henry Purcell and in 2004, we performed Venus and Adonis by John Blow.


Study Day: 6th November 2005
Last year's study day was led by Janet Oates and Helena Brown and focused on Handel's oratorio 'Solomon'. As it is such a large work, we didn't have a lot of time to go over any of the numbers more than a couple of times except for the beautiful chorus 'May no rash invader' which we practiced at various points through the day as it is one of Helena and Janet's favourites. As a completely unbiased participant (ahem), I think we made a great sound - we even managed to perform a couple of double choruses with only 1 tenor (Janet showed her amazing versatility by filling in for the other tenor part!!).


Members Concert: 11th September 2005
We had a lot of fun performing, watching, and (memorably) participating in a baroque dance teach-in. Music varied from Gilbert and Sullivan to Cliff Richard to Strauss to Bach to Lionel Bart to Flanders and Swann to ....!
Here are a few photos of the event:

Kate dressed for the charleston
Hounslow Baroque Ensemble
At the interval
Three little maids - Shona, Caroline and Alison



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