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.
Spring Term 2019
Our rehearsals are now well under way as we prepare for the Godalming Music Festival. Our class is on Thursday, 21st March at 9.25pm at the Borough Hall, 3, Bridge Street, Godalming, GU7 1HY. Do come and support us! We shall be playing a movement from 'Four Seasons' by Vivaldi, and the lovely Air from Grieg's 'Holberg Suite'. We are also looking ahead to our Summer Concert don Saturday, 6th July at 6.30pm at Guildford URC, and are working on lots of different music, including Holst's 'Brook Green' Suite and Elgar's Serenade for Strings.
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!).