XY Strings
XY Strings

XY Stings are currently on their summer break ...


but rehearsals with recommence on Tuesday 6th September.



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 have given six Summer Concerts in aid of the GURC Malawi Education Project.


Summer concert update


Our summer concert took place on Saturday 16th July and a huge thank you goes out to all who made it such an enjoyable success!  This includes those who played, those who practised all the music but sadly couldn't be with us on the day, those who provided the (wonderful!) refreshments, those who worked so hard to serve them and clear up afterwards, those who helped 'front of house', and all parents and supporters without whose help XY just woudn't happen.  Particular thanks to our soloists, all of whom played very well indeed, and to our guest players who gave us so much help and support.


The money raised from the concert (which has now reached £230.00) goes towards the GURC Malawi Education Project.


Malawi is one of the poorest nations of the world, and at this time is suffering from the aftermath of serious floods in 2015, followed by drought.  This has caused the harvests to fail, and hunger is a real problem.  Malawi has to buy maize from America, and other African countries, many of whom are also suffering from shortages due to climate change, so that the price has rocketed.  Previously Zimbabwe had provided maize to much of the continent, but can no longer do so due to the internal situatieon.
The Malawi School Girls Project has been in place for twleve years due to a link the church has with Harry Gombachika, who is from Malawi, and is a previous member and elder of the church who studied for a doctorate at Surrey University.  Over the years it has enabled over 50 girls to complete their secondary education.  This has led to some further education, professional and university qualifications.
We have been supporting four pupils over the last year and this money raised with support their studies this year and enable them to stay at school as boarders - thus providing them with an environment that encourages and motivates.  These girls will go on to benefit their communities, their country, their own children and generations to come.

We are located at:

United Reformed Church

83 Portsmouth Road




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