Sunderland Symphony Orchestra
Formerly City of Sunderland Millennium Orchestral Society (CoSMOS)
Founded October 1999 Charity registration no. 1082431
Founders and Vice-Presidents John Lennox, Mark Greenfield, Winifred Lundgren
Musical Director Ray Farr
NEWSLETTER Winter 2010/2011
Membership fees become due on 1st January each year.
Membership renewal forms will be sent out shortly ‑ the reason
for the delay being recorded below.
There is a change in the membership fees this year.
The fee may be paid in one lump sum, or in three instalments. The weekly subscription has been abolished due to difficulties in collecting it and record keeping. In order to bring in
the same amount of money during the year as previously, the new scale of fees takes into
account both the annual sum and an average weekly fee previously paid. This means that
some members will pay a little more and some will pay slightly less than last year.
When you receive the reminder, please pay promptly.
The Patrons fee remains unaltered.
Reminder to new players ‑ you may attend for six weeks, after which you are expected
to become members of the Society.
Sponsorship and support have been received from the Sunderland City Council (Community Chest), Stockton Road URC (West Park Centre)
and the Sunderland Lions Club.
Peter Chapman (Violin & Membership Secretary) and Natalie are pleased to announce the birth of Benjamin
Isaac, brother to Adam and Noah.
The instruments in the percussion section of the orchestra have been upgraded in
accordance with professional advice, thanks to a substantial donation from
The Sunderland Lions Club. Many thanks.
Since the last Newsletter, the rehearsal room at West Park has had most of the walls
covered with heavy duty curtains to improve the acoustics,
and measures have been taken to eliminate cold draughts.
Thanks to West Park Church for financial assistance towards this.
Last two concerts
The October concert featured a piano concerto ‑ the first time this has been done
by our orchestra. Although expensive to stage (the music and a piano had to be hired in)
the evening was a great success with just over 100 people present.
Dr. Patrick Zuk gave a scintillating performance.
Sunderland City Council contributed towards the costs of this concert. Many thanks.
The Christmas concert again attracted an audience of about 100 and featured our Vice‑Chairman, Neil Turnbull, as soloist.
The Newcastle Cathedral Consort were the choir for the occasion,
under the direction of their Musical Director, Michael Stoddart.
The MP for Sunderland Central, Julie Elliott, graced us with her presence.
It is with regret that Neil Turnbull has found it necessary to resign
from the orchestra and from the post of Vice-Chairman,
due to unforeseen circumstances.
Concert dates for 2011
All at West Park Church, Stockton Road, Sunderland
Editorial address: 64 Kirkstone Avenue, Fulwell, Sunderland. SR5 1NH.
Tel. 0191-549 1784.
e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.sunderlandsymphonyorchestra.org.uk
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