XY Strings, so-called because it used to be run by Guildford YMCA, is now supported by Guildford United Reformed Church, and particularly by the church’s Music Society, which has a special interest in promoting music-making by young people. We are very grateful to the church for the use of its premises, in which we meet on Tuesday evenings in term-time from 6.00 – 7.15.
XY is essentially a teaching group for junior string players (of all ages!) of approximate standard Grades 2 – 5, with some very welcome help from a number of more experienced players.
New members are always welcome. We present a Carol Evening at Christmas and play in local music festivals, and give Summer Concerts.
We are looking forward to our Summer concert to be held on Saturday 1st July at 6.30pm at Guildford United Reformed Church, followed by refreshments.
This year's concert is in aid of Surrey Young Carers (www.surrey-youngcarers.org.uk). Surrey Young Carers celebrates it's 21st anniversary this year. As part of Action for Carers Surrey, it offers support, help and advice to young people under the age of 18 who care for family members affected by long-term illness, disability or drug and alcohol misuse. It runs issue based groups and workshops, including fun activities and residential breaks to give young carers time out from caring and to help them reach their potential.
We have an exciting programme including the 1st mvt of Haydn's Cello Concerto in C, featuring our principal 'cellist Sam Humphreys as soloist, Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and pieces from the Water Music. We are also looking forward to performing Jamaican Rumba by Arthur Benjamin along with the 1st mvt. of Elgar's Serenade for Strings. Our programme also includes a number of solos and shorter pieces.
We hope you can join us for this fun packed evening!
Please feel free to download print and circulate a flier for the event below.
United Reformed Church
83 Portsmouth Road