On behalf of the Committee of the Northampton Orchestra, welcome to our first newsletter. During these turbulent and unprecedented times, we felt it was important to provide a space for members of the orchestra, our Friends, and the wider Northampton community to engage with the NSO, to present news about the orchestra, and about orchestral music in general.

Given the uncertainty of the current situation, and the impossibility of meeting for rehearsals for the time being, the committee has taken the difficult decision to suspend the orchestra’s activities until at least January 2021, unless government guidance changes dramatically. We hope to be able to start rehearsing and performing in the new year, but as you will appreciate, it is dependent on government advice at that time. The committee remains committed to our mission, and is supporting several efforts to keep the orchestra going while we are unable to meet in person.

This newsletter is part of this effort. In it you will find news and updates about the orchestra, some interesting information about music, and even a fun puzzle. In future editions, we hope to expand the newsletter- what would you like to see included? Would you like to contribute an article or a suggestion? Please don’t be shy – we would love to hear from you!

We will also be announcing a new sert of programmes for our shortened season. This is in recognition that the orchestra will have been paused for quite some time when we meet again. I know you will share my disappointment at not being able to participate in our Music She Wrote plans for the upcoming season, but I can assure you whatever performances and experiences on offer will be exciting and enjoyable.

We look forward to the day we can all see each other again– Northamptonshire is extraordinarily fortunate to have a rich musical history and a strong musical community of educators, enthusiasts, and musicians of all stripes to carry us into a dynamic future. I am proud to be a small part of that future, and encourage you to be a part of it too.

In friendship and music,

Frank Jordan — Chair, Northampton Symphony Orchestra

What's On

NSO Zoom Social and Virtual Playing (NSO MEMBERS ONLY)

Wednesday Evenings 8:30 PM

Catch up with your fellow members of the NSO with opportunities for socialising, and some opportunities for real time playing. Contact Robin Simpson for more details

Virtual Orchestra (NSO MEMBERS ONLY)

Deadline for Recording Submissions 27th August

An opportunity to participate in a recorded performance of a famous orchestral piece while we are on hiatus. For members of the NSO only


Last Friday of each month starting 25th September

Open to members of the Orchestra, Friends, and anyone who would like to participate.

Contact Frank Jordan at bassoon_in_sc@yahoo.com for details

View the complete newsletter in PDF format with additional features, including information on women composers and the monthly crossword.
We look forward to seeing you again!
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