10+ years ago the Alsager Light Orchestra was formed. Since then it has rapidly grown and now has 40 regular players.
Our aim was to encourage “lapsed” musicians to go into their loft and dig out the instrument they used to play. Even as far back as school.
One success story here is a member who had been a very good musician in her school days, but who had not played since she was 16. She joined us, started to practise and now she leads a section. This could happen to you.
Our second aim was to have a lot of fun and we certainly achieve that. Some of you reading this might have seen us perform at various charity concerts. Our last major concert was at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, for “Motor Neurone Disease”.
Under the wing of Alsager U3A, the U3A grapevine has resulted in us having many new members. Players have joined us from areas outside of Alsager, including Congleton, Macclesﬁeld and Crewe U3A’s. (For anyone who is unaware of U3A – “membership is open to anyone who is no longer in full time employment”).
To take us to the next stage of performance we are hoping to recruit the following players. Drums/Timpani, Violins, Violas, Oboe, Bass Clarinet and Bassoon. If there is anyone who plays – or played – any of these instruments, then please speak to me.
A modest standard of reading music is essential, as we play from arrangements. If you’ve done this in the past I can assure you it will come back to you. No one is critical – we are a group of like-minded people – meeting together to do something we all enjoy, and as a result creating something totally rewarding. We don’t do ‘classical’ – ours is popular music. Film and show, items like “Oliver”, “Sound of Music”, “Les Miserables”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and many more.
I refuse to believe that there are no more ‘lapsed’ instrumentalists in Alsager, or environs. Give me a ring to talk about it or just come along to a rehearsal to see what goes on. Tuesday afternoons in term time, from 2pm till 4pm, at The United Reformed Church. Alsager.
Bill Freeman 01270 747848.