We caught up with cellist and press & marketing officer with WSO to ask about the forthcoming "Mendelthon". Hopefully this will give interested players a feel for what to expect on the day, but if you do have any other questions do please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSO: What is the Mendelthon and what will you be doing on the day?
LC: The day is a play through of some of the popular (and lesser known) works by Felix Mendelssohn.
The running order and programme are available here in case you would find it useful to listen to the music or look at the score beforehand. Most of the music can be found on the ISMLP website. .
WSO: What standard of player do I need to be to join in?
LC: The day is open to anybody who wishes to join in. Generally WSO performs to a good standard and the majority of members will have achieved Grade 8 or above. However, for this more informal and open event we would recommend a minimum standard of playing to be around grade 5 in order that you will be able to participate fully and enjoy it. The day is ideal for those who are considering joining an orchestra, players of any instrument who may not have played for a while or those who wish to just come along and have fun in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You will not be made to sit at the front if you do not wish to!
We are not only welcoming instrumental players but budding conductors can contact us to arrange a slot where they will be able to conduct a symphony orchestra under the guidance of our conductor Andrew Morley.
We welcome students to participate in the day at a reduced rate, but if you are under 16 you will need to be accompanied by an adult.
WSO: What should you bring on the day?
LC: You only need to bring your instrument (or baton) and a music stand along as we will provide all the music required. If you do not have a music stand just let us know in advance so we can make sure one can be available. You may bring a packed lunch or refreshments with you, but these will be available to buy during the breaks and lunch. There are shops fairly nearby the venue.
WSO: Can players and conductors invite friends or family along to watch some of the day?
LC: Yes of course. There will be plenty of seating for audience members wishing to come along and watch, and there is no charge to attend as an audience member.
For full details, and to sign up go here.