All sort of things have been happening this month.
BBC Radio Scotland picked up the story of our Easter Aquorthies video and Foss and Derek were interviewed by Michelle McManus for her program, ‘Our Lives’.
Listen to it on BBC Sounds.
The other exciting news this month is that ASO, together with Ugie Voices have been accepted by Making Music’s Adopt a Music Creator scheme.
We have been teamed up with innovative young composer Ben Lunn.
Ben will be creating an entirely new piece of music in collaboration with our two groups.
This is great news for many reasons. It will provide us with a new and different project to work on alongside our normal program and distract us from the difficulties of Covid.
It will also result in a new piece of work for us to add to our repertoire.
In normal years we would expect to perform the new piece at the end of the year’s collaboration and a professional recording would be made which would hopefully be broadcast on radio 3.
Thanks to Covid, we don’t know how things will work out but we are pressing on regardless.
What is certain is that everyone from both groups will be gently eased out of our comfort zones into something strange and different but enjoyable and attainable and it will help both our groups to survive and grow during the pandemic.
On 27th we held our second Zoom rehearsal. The first one in September went really well with some aspects, such as zoom breakout rooms, a definite enhancement to our normal rehearsals.
Ben came along to meet us and see just how we are running our rehearsals.
Neil Gibson, chair of Ugie Voices, also came to see how we were managing things.
Both of them seemed very happy with what they witnessed - a grin from Ben and thumbs up from Neil.