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.
We present a Carol Evening at Christmas, play in local music festivals, and give Summer Concerts.
New members are always welcome - just contact Gillian on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Term 2019
Following our success at Godalming Music Festival last term, we are now working hard towards our Summer Concert on Saturday, 6th July at 6.30pm at Guildford URC, which will include a selection from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', Grieg's 'Holberg' Suite, two movements from a Vivaldi violin concerto, in which the soloist will be our leader, two delightful pieces by Howard Thompson, written for two members of the group, and movements from Holst's 'Brook Green' Suite and Elgar's Serendade for Strings. There will also be some solos from younger members of the group. Do come and join us! It's always a fun occasion; there will be a retiring collection for charity, and refreshments following the concert.
A typical rehearsal session...
...includes time for chat and refreshments...
...and one of our members recently raised over £1000 for Cancer Research by shaving his head. What a star!
21st March 2019
We have just done extremely well at the Godalming Music Festival! Our Vivaldi and Grieg won us First Place with Distinction (92 marks) in the Large Ensembles class, and also gained us both the Ensemble Cup and the Orchestra Trophy. Here we are (we're the ones on the floor!).