As with all musical groups Covid-19 has made it impossible to play together as an orchestra in the usual way. So, over the winter we have put together a series of monthly online Zoom rehearsals with our conductor Robert Baxter and Leader Carolyn Sparey to help keep us in touch. Here we are working on Beethoven's Symphony no 5 in a way the composer could never have imagined!
Our 2019 Play Day
On Sunday October 6th last year Dunblane Chamber Orchestra held a Musical Play-Day for adults. The idea for this day came from the DCO audience members who told us over the years about being lapsed musicians or just starting to play an instrument in retirement, but not having the experience to join a group yet. So, we thought we could help, and with funding from Stirling Council and The Co op, we set about organising and advertising our Play Day.
Our group of 54 musicians ranged from grades 1 – 5 and were initially divided into strings and winds for two sessions. For the final session of the day the two groups came together to form an orchestra. They were amazing!
hand to act as “buddies” for our players were members of the DCO. There was a wide range of music played, and
it was chosen progressively to enable the players to feel comfortable with
different styles and gain confidence as the day went on. In the final session the strings played a
section of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nacht Musik and the winds a Shostakovich Waltz. Both groups joined forces in a little bit of
Beethoven’s Ist Symphony which the DCO performed at their November 2019
day was enhanced with home-baking and a great atmosphere. Well done to everyone who took part and
helped to make the event possible.