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Posted 01 March 2007 - 00:08

Hi there!

If you're new to the forums, you may have seen references to forum events like concerts and playdays, and wondered what they are. The quick answer is that they are a brilliant way for forum members to meet each other and get experience performing, knowing that there are lots of forum friends there to support you. This thread is intended to throw some light on the different types of event and how they work.

The events are very informal - they're just where like-minded people get together to share music-making, enjoy a pleasant day, make new friends, and come away with more performance confidence. And if anyone wants to play a new composition of their own, or practise conducting skills, a forum event is a great environment in which to do that.

So if you haven't yet been to a forum event, do come along and join in. You don't have to be an expert player - in fact some of us are just beginners, but if you want to make some new friends and to share music-making, everybody will try and help you overcome any nerves you might have about performing in front of other people.

Nobody would deny that the thought of playing in public for the first time can be daunting, but there ARE things you can do to make it easier for yourself - go to this post for some tips. And for proof of how useful these events are in building up performance confidence for exams, have a look at this post!


Each of the following links will take you to the relevant post giving detailed information about each type of event:

- Forum Users Concerts
- Adult Learners Concerts
- Playdays
- Players for Pleasure events
- Other Events


To see what events are coming up during the year, have a look at the FIRST post in the Forum Events Calendar which is pinned at the top of the Forum Events sub-forum in General Music.

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:40

FORUM USERS CONCERTS

Forum users concerts are open to members of all ages, and are a particularly good way for adults to get experience playing in public - the "public" generally being other forum members together with their friends and families, so it is a very supportive environment in which to perform. The idea behind forum concerts is that adults very rarely get the opportunity to play in public, so when we come to take an exam, we're often badly affected by nerves and either don't do as well as we should, or we even stop taking exams altogether.

Solos/ensembles

At a forum user concert, you have the opportunity to play a solo or in an ensemble. If you play a solo, you select whatever music you want to play, and rehearse it well in advance of the concert so that on the day, you aim to perform to the best of your ability, whether that's at Grade 1 standard or Grade 8. Having said that, if you make mistakes, everybody understands because we've all been there. The main thing is that you've conquered the nerves and done it, even if what you did wasn't perfect.

If you would like to play in an ensemble at a concert, you would either ask on the relevant thread, or PM a few other members, or ask the organiser if s/he knows of an ensemble that you could slot into.

Typical format

The format of a concert is generaly that the morning is spent rehearsing and socialising (it's normally very relaxed and informal) and then the concert usually starts in the early afternoon and lasts for around 2-3 hours. Each "act", whether solo or ensemble, typically lasts around 3-5 minutes, although it will vary with each concert. If you need an accompanist, you would either ask another forum member yourself, or the organiser may know someone.

Younger members

Organisers usually set a minimum age for performing a solo at forum users concerts , in order to give priority to adults who don't get as many opportunities to perform. However, younger members may be able to play in an ensemble if there's room. Everyone under the age of 18 has to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Applying to play

At some point prior to the concert, a link to an application form is posted on the thread, and you would complete the form - stating what piece you would like to play and/or what ensemble you will be playing in . You would then send the form back to the organiser with the performance fee. The performance fee typically covers costs such as the hire of the venue etc, and friends and family also normally pay a small amount to attend the concert. The performance fee is typically around £12-£15, and if there are any monies left over when all the expenses have been accounted for, the excess is normally donated to a charity of the organiser's choice.

Allocation of slots

There is normally a high demand for slots, and nobody is guaranteed the opportunity to perform until the organiser has allocated the spaces. Returning the form and the fee by the stated deadline is very important as spaces would not normally be allocated to any individual who had not done this. And slots for ensembles would not be allocated unless ALL the members of the ensemble had returned their form and fee.

If the concert is over-subscribed, organisers have to limit the allocation of slots - often this is done on a first-come-first-served basis, but each organiser will have their own way of allocating slots if necessary.


For future events, go to the FIRST post in the Forum Event Calendar which is pinned at the top of the Forum Events sub-forum in the General Music forum.


Please note that the description of Forum Users Concerts is typical of the type of event, but each concert will vary slightly depending on the organiser.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:59

ADULT LEARNERS CONCERTS

Adult Learners Concerts are similar to Forum Users Concerts but with a few variations:

- Adult Learner concerts are primarily aimed at those who started or restarted learning music as adults;
- only adults are allowed to perform, but non-adult learners are welcome to attend as audience members;
- the performances tend to be solos or duets (possibly with piano accompaniment)
- other adult learners may attend, not just forum members
- the audience may be invited to give positive written feedback to each performer - the intention being that the performer finds encouragement in the positive reaction from the audience and gains more confidence from it.

You would apply to play at an Adult Learner Concert in the same way that you would apply for a slot at a Forum Users Concert.


For future events, go to the FIRST post in the Forum Event Calendar which is pinned at the top of the Forum Events sub-forum in the General Music forum.


Please note that the description of Adult Learners Concerts is typical of the type of event, but each concert will vary slightly depending on the organiser.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:30

PLAYDAYS

Playdays are where forum members, and sometimes other musicians from the community, all play together as an ensemble. Some of the more experienced players bring music for everybody to play, usually in parts so that all levels are catered for. There's no audience and nobody plays a solo. The music is not available in advance of the playday - everybody just sightreads on the day. This is not as scary as it might sound to less experienced players - if you can't quite follow the music, you "fake" it - this was a new concept to me when I first started playing, but everyone does it at first! And it really is a brilliant way of improving your sightreading ability.

The size of the playday ensemble may vary from a small number of forum members only, to a large group incorporating members of local orchestras. A larger orchestra can include bowed strings, brass, percussion, orchestral woodwind and saxophones, and generally cater for players of grade 2 upwards. A smaller ensemble of mainly forum members may also be able to accommodate recorders and other non-orchestral instruments, and players below grade 2 may be able to join in.


For future events, go to the FIRST post in the Forum Event Calendar which is pinned at the top of the Forum Events sub-forum in the General Music forum.


Please note that the description of the Playdays is typical of the type of event, but each Playday will vary slightly depending on the organiser.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:53

PLAYERS FOR PLEASURE EVENTS

Many forum members attend Players for Pleasure events - recent events include performing to visitors at Dyrham Park, a National Trust property near Bristol, and performing at a "friends and family" concert in Leeds.

Forum friends new and old are very welcome to attend Players for Pleasure events, which are organised by myself, skylark. If you have a look at the Players for Pleasure web site, you will find information about forthcoming events, and also details of recent events, with photographs of some of the participants.

Do contact me if you think you might like to come along - either by email if you have my email address, or otherwise by PM smile.gif



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Posted 01 March 2007 - 08:28

OTHER EVENTS....


The Forum Event Calendar highlights various other types of event which forum members are welcome to perform at, such as Baroque Days and Grand Gatherings organised by Solari.

The link to the Forum Event Calendar is here:

Forum Event Calendar 2010

and if any forum member would like to join in playing at one of the events, there will either be a link on the calendar to the appropriate thread, or you could PM the organiser.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 08:40

I think that's all the events covered!

If anybody has got any general queries, this is the place to ask smile.gif If your query is specific to a particular event, though, please would you post on the relevant thread to make sure that the organiser sees it.


(And if anyone thinks I've missed anything out or that something ought to be changed because it's wrong, do let me know)
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 08:46

A lot of work's gone on that skylark, well done you! biggrin.gif

I will post some of my experiences on this thread in due course, there's been quite a lot of great experiences and good times in the year or so I've been on the forum. smile.gif

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 14:35

Thanks for this, Skylark. Greatly appreciated, and I hope people will feel encouraged to take part in activities
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 16:05

Thanks skylark! May add all of that information to the FAQ smile.gif

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 17:40

Just re-read it, and would like to make a suggestion for an amendment:
QUOTE(skylark @ Mar 1 2007, 01:59 AM) View Post
ADULT LEARNERS CONCERTS

Adult Learners Concerts are similar to Forum Users Concerts but with a few variations:

- only adults are allowed to attend
Shouldn't it say, "only adults are allowed to perform, but non-adult learners can attend as audience members"?

Suggesting that because I went to last year's Egham concert as an audience member.

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 18:15

Thank you for some very useful information on this thread - and nice picture too.
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 18:25

Is this just a post-count boost???

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 18:47

QUOTE(Car Expert @ Mar 1 2007, 05:40 PM) View Post

Just re-read it, and would like to make a suggestion for an amendment:
QUOTE(skylark @ Mar 1 2007, 01:59 AM) View Post
ADULT LEARNERS CONCERTS

Adult Learners Concerts are similar to Forum Users Concerts but with a few variations:

- only adults are allowed to attend
Shouldn't it say, "only adults are allowed to perform, but non-adult learners can attend as audience members"?

Suggesting that because I went to last year's Egham concert as an audience member.

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Fair enough.
The support of some of our younger forum members at the Adult learners concerts is appreciated, not only as audience but in the ways they have been willing to help with some of the 'backstage' things that are needed to make the day go well.
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 18:51

QUOTE(Manek @ Mar 3 2007, 06:25 PM) View Post

Is this just a post-count boost???

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Not quite, noooooo wink.gif

In future if somebody wants to know about a forum users concert, a direct link can be given to Post No 2, or if somebody asks what happens at a playday, a direct link can be given to Post No 4 etc.

Much more sensible than just boosting the post-count - a bit like me really, sensible rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif
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