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David Fitzgerald’s SaxWorld

 

SaxWorld - Summer Term 2022

Hello again,

I do hope that you are having a good Easter break and enjoying this wonderful weather!

I want to thank you for all that you bring to each and every weekly session. Thank you also for your commitment and for being a part of this growing community of players.

You play an important & unique role, not only in what you contribute in your playing but in character also.

We have accomplished a great deal in these first two terms. We continue to grow and to develop, with each ensemble finding its own identity and playing strength - as individual players become a team.

I have already sent new music to Quartz and will be sending fresh pieces to each ensemble this coming week, in readiness for our first rehearsal session on Saturday.

Here’s some News & Information for the Summer term - please keep as a handy reference.

You will see that there is an awkward gap in our weekly sessions (weekend of the 2nd July). I do apologise but I am away for important concerts that weekend (with Graham Kendrick, someone I have worked with since the 1980’s). This is why we are holding our final session on the 9th July (and not at the end of June).

 

MAIN POINTS FOR SUMMER TERM

SaxWorld Rehearsal Sessions: will commence on Saturday 23rd April and will end on Saturday 9th July (last day of rehearsals and the day of our ‘SaxWorld & Pupils’ Summer Concert’).  

Sunday 19th June (2.30 - 5.00 pm) Summer Concert at St George’s Church, Methwold: following our first SaxWorld & Pupils’ Concert (in December 2021) I am very pleased to confirm that we shall be holding our Summer Concert at St George’s Church in Methwold, at the invitation of the Revd Ray Burman. This beautiful is a 12th c Grade 1 Listed Building set within a conservation area.

Thank you especially to our team of helpers, who were so kind to prepare and then serve such a wonderful Christmas buffet for our interval. This was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all.

This event will be a Concert (of two programmes of music from our three SaxWorld ensembles and there will be a variety of solo’s from my gifted pupils. During the Interval there will be a bring & share Family Picnic in the Grounds of St George’s Church (weather permitting).

For more information on St George’s Church: http://www.methwoldhistorygroup.org.uk

Half Term: We shall break for half term and so there will be no SaxWorld sessions on Saturday 28th May & 4th June. Half term break is from Saturday 28th May – Sunday 6th June for most Schools (28th May – 7th June for Norwich School).

New Pupils for SaxWorld: 

We have grown very quickly and welcomed new members to SaxWorld last term.

There are some spaces remaining at present, for each ensemble, and so please do PASS ON THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT SAXWORLD!

New Events for SaxWorld: So far, we have held two workshop sessions - the most recent being with JJ (Jonathan Jolly) and by the end of this term we will have held two concerts also.

Some members have also played for one or two events at St Anne’s Church.

As we have such a short term ahead (and a Concert at the end of this) I felt that it would be the wrong time to start looking for more playing opportunities.

However, if you would like to suggest something else for the Summer then do please feel free to do so. There was one suggestion that we might play for the residents of an old people’s home. This would be such worthwhile event, bringing our music to people who would so appreciate and enjoy this.

Whatever you have in mind, it may suit one of our ensembles or (as in the case of the Christmas event at St Anne’s, for the Earlham community) we could assemble an ensemble for the occasion.

Janet Nelson, our events coordinator, and I shall be meeting soon to look at possibilities for SaxWorld events from September onwards and so, once again, your ideas and recommendations would be greatly valued.

My best wishes to you for another good term.

I look forward to seeing you soon,

David

  

SaxWorld - Spring Term 2022

Hello again & welcome to 2022!

First of all, I want to thank all of my members for being a part of SaxWorld and for all that you bring to each and every weekly session. You make such fine music, you show such commitment and joy in your playing!

What an AMAZING first term we have had.

Already we are at capacity with Quartz and almost up to capacity with Saxology.

As you know, to keep the right balance for each ensemble, we do have to keep to the right number (10 max for Junior Saxology & Saxology and 6 max for Quartz).

I am hopeful that we shall see continued growth with Junior Saxology. This ensemble is so very unique and has such potential.

Here’s some News & Information for the new term - please keep as a handy reference.

 

MAIN POINTS FOR SPRING TERM

Saxology Sessions: will commence on Saturday 22nd January 2022 (provisional date - all being well with the Covid variant & Government safety regulations) and will end on Saturday 26th March (last day of rehearsals and the day of our SaxWorld workshop & performance).

 

Janet Nelson/SaxWorld Events Coordinator: To ensure the smooth running of SaxWorld and to offer additional safeguarding for each ensemble Janet will continue to assist me each week. She will also begin to contact select organisations, events managers & key venues this year, bringing SaxWorld to their attention and informing them of our availability for suitable events.

Janet has many years of professional experience as a Senior Social Worker, specialising in Safeguarding, Adolescent Support as well as being a Practice Teacher for student Social Workers. Janet loves music and brings a positive & welcoming presence to SaxWorld events.

For more information do please read Janet’s bio: https://saxworld.bpweb.net/who-we-are

 

Covid-19 Safety Measures: Due to the uncertainty of the Omicron (Covid-19) variant, I have decided to delay our start state for this new term. We shall know more as we enter the New Year and be clearer as to the correct safety regulations for Schools and Music Ensembles in particular. I shall continue to keep a close eye on Government, Educational & Professional organisations (ISM & MU) for guidance and instruction.

Once underway, it would be prudent to continue with Covid-19 safety measures, for rehearsals and events, as these are not too inhibitive and do offer a measure protection from this virus (which has not left us).

I shall send our Covid safety guidelines to you with each week’s SaxWorld News & Information.

 

Adult Pupils & DBS Registration: For mixed aged ensembles I am required by law to ensure that all adult pupils (anyone over the age of 18) are registered with the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service). I would like to confirm that each adult pupil, prior to attending any SaxWorld rehearsal or event, will have been screened and registered with DBS.

 

Christmas Concert at St Anne’s Church: In December 2021 we held our first SaxWorld & Pupils’ Concert. I want to thank each and every one of you who performed, within each Ensemble and in your Solo performance also. There was such commitment, variety and musical color as we journeyed through each musical item.

I especially loved the shift between the various ensembles and more intimate solo pieces. This worked well.

Thank you especially to our team of helpers, who lovingly prepared and then served such a wonderful Christmas buffet for our interval. This was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all.

 

Half Term: We shall break for half term and so there will be no SaxWorld sessions on Saturday 12th & 19th February. Half term break is from Saturday 12th – Sunday 20th for most Schools (12th – 20th February for Norwich School).

 

New Pupils for SaxWorld: We have grown very quickly and welcomed new members last term.

We are almost at capacity with Saxology (only a couple of places available at present).

Quartz is now full (a waiting list is open to potential new members).

Junior Saxology has spaces at present (do please get in touch to find out more about this very fine ensemble).

I am committed to SaxWorld. I see these new Ensembles as being a part of the regional objective of building back and seeing music flourish within the lives of many once more.

This is our hope within SaxWorld. This is what I and my professional colleagues across the UK are committed to.

 

PLEASE PASS ON THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT SAXWORLD!

If you would like any posters or flyers to pass on to friends or to display please do let me know. Thank you.

 

My best wishes to you for another good term. I look forward to seeing you soon,

 

David

 

December 2021

 

 

Winter Term 2021  News & Information

Hello & greetings,

Well, here we are at the beginning of a whole new journey!

First of all, thank you for joining me as we start to unfold these new ensembles for Norfolk. You are fellow pioneers and a very important part, indeed the foundation of what will become SaxWorld.

I stated initially that building these ensembles will take time, especially so as we slowly but surely come out of this Covid season.

There is no doubt that very severe damage has been done to the music world this last year or so, and this includes music education. Therefore, helping to get music ensembles up and running again, so that we can all enjoy this unique experience of making music together, is so very important - for us musicians and for those who will listen also.

Music is vital for our wellbeing and for our lives in general. This is universally known and accepted within any civilised society.

Here’s some News & Information for you - please keep as a handy reference.

 

MAIN POINTS FOR WINTER TERM

Saxology Sessions: will commence on Saturday 11th September and will end on Saturday 11th December (last day of rehearsals and the day or our first SaxWorld concert).

 

Janet Steed/SaxWorld Events Coordinator: To ensure the smooth running of SaxWorld and to offer additional safeguarding for each ensemble I am very pleased to confirm that Janet will be assisting me each week. Not only is Janet an aspiring Saxophonist, with ABRSM Grade 5 (Classical & Jazz) under her belt, she has many years of professional experience as a Senior Social Worker, specialising in Safeguarding, Adolescent Support as well as being a Practice Teacher for student Social Workers. Janet loves music and will bring a positive & welcoming presence to SaxWorld events.

For more information please read Janet’s bio: https://www.saxworld.co.uk/who-we-are

 

Covid-19 Safety Measures: For the present I think that it would be prudent to continue with Covid-19 safety measures, for rehearsals and events, as these are not too inhibitive and do offer a measure protection from this virus (which has not left us).

I am hoping that it will not be too long before we can relax these and will be guided by future Government & Educational Authorities/NS notices. I shall send you my revised Covid safety measures for SaxWorld prior to our first rehearsal.

 

Adult Pupils & DBS Registration: For mixed aged ensembles I am required by law to ensure that all adult pupils (anyone over the age of 18) are registered with the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service). I would like to confirm that each adult pupil, prior to attending any SaxWorld rehearsal or event, will have been screened and registered with DBS.

 

Half Term: We shall break for half term and so there will be no SaxWorld sessions on Saturday 30th October. Half term break is one week long this term: 23rd – 31st Oct for most Schools (21st Oct – 2nd Nov for Norwich School).

 

SaxWorld Winter/Christmas Recital: It is my plan to weave solo performances into planned SaxWorld end of term concerts, which I do hope will be at the end of each term – the first being on Saturday 11th December at St Anne’s Church, Colman Road, Norwich.

So, for the next few weeks we shall be piecing together a number of suitable items for the Concert, from each ensemble. Also, if you would like to play a solo (either with Piano or Backing Track) do please let me know. I shall start to assemble the programme soon and will put out all details regarding the Concert by half term.

 

New Pupils for SaxWorld: Thankfully, we do have sufficient number to make both Saxology & Quartz work at the start. My key objective is to now build Junior Saxology and this is going to take time. 

I am committed to this new venture. I see these new ensembles as being a VITAL part of the objective of building back and seeing music flourish within the lives of many once more. That is our hope and that is what I and my colleagues across the UK are committed to.

SO - PLEASE PASS THE WORD!

If you would like any posters or flyers to pass on to friends or to display please do let me know. You can have as many as you like.

Thank you

I shall be in touch weekly with new music and notes for each rehearsal session. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

My best wishes to you for another good term, David

3rd September 2021

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