Archive for January, 2014

Help Ballet in Small Spaces

hello All
Seeking your support – could you be a Ballet in Small Spaces angel?  Read on…

Two Old Instruments is a collaboration between dancer Susie Crow of Ballet In Small Spaces and viola da gamba player Jonathan Rees (of prize winning Duo Domenico).  It celebrates the salon pieces of 18th century virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel.  Some comments on last year’s work in progress:
“Music and dance in easy harmony…”
“Exquisite detail…”
“Elements of melancholy, drama, half playful, half serious…”

Two Old Instruments is designed to be performed in intimate settings: concert or village halls, churches, libraries, museums, historic houses.  We already have three bookings in April 2014 and are discussing additional dates with other venues.

It has just two performers and neither scenery nor stage lighting is essential for performance. However, a visual highlight will be costumes by talented Oxford based stage designer Ellen Nabarro, evocative of both past and present.  As ever, Ballet In Small Spaces is also seeking to provide opportunities for young artists in different media: photographer Dulcy Lott will be creating still images and video artist Chris Atkins a film of the performance.

Could you be an angel?  Ballet in Small Spaces is looking for donors to enable us to complete the project.  Coincidentally, 2014 sees the 10th anniversary of Ballet in Small Spaces which had its first performance in February 2004.  The simplest way to support Two Old Instruments is to donate £10 – or more if you wish! – by 10th February 2014 (see details below).

All our angels will be acknowledged by name on Ballet In Small Spaces’s website (unless you wish to remain anonymous) and when you come to see the show there will be a complimentary drink of your choice to celebrate our anniversary.

Thank you!
Susie

For more information about this project and Ballet In Small Spaces:
http://balletinsmallspaces.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/ballet-in-small-spaces-seeking-angels/
or email http://susiecrow@gmail.com

To donate:
Cheque made out to Susan Crow and post to:
Ballet in Small Spaces, 28 Victoria Road, Oxford OX2 7QD
Or bank transfer to:
Project Account name:  Susan Crow
Account number:  14002032
Sort Code:  40-47-82
Please mark your transfer “Two old inst”, and email with your contact details to let us know you have donated so that we can thank you properly!

You can see Two old instruments in performance as part of collaborative programme Visible Music at the following venues:
Friday 25th April  Bristol Music Club
http://www.wegottickets.com/BarefootOpera
Sunday 27th April  St Leonard’s Church Hoxton, London
Tuesday 29th April  The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=visible-music

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Notes on Jan 2014 VRG Meeting: Dates for Diaries

Dear neighbour,

Below are edited minutes of the recent VRG meeting. To note especially are the coming events: please diarise them

OxClean                              Sat 8th March, morning, somewhere nearby,  details tbc
Victoria Road Quiz           Sat 12th April, 7:30pm, local venue tbc
VR Green Balloon Day     Sun 11th May, morning
VR Garden Party               Sunday 13th July, afternoon
VR Safari Supper               Sat 20th September, evening

Our thanks to Mary for opening her home for a lovely Christmas drinks after the usual lusty carols

Our thanks to Peter for the wonderful embellishment to the notice board; Please contact Paul if you want to post items onto the board.

We are looking for a host for our next regular meeting (all welcome, as always),  on Weds 5th march.

 

Minutes of Victoria Road Group meeting 7th January 2014

Present: Sam (Chair), Ali, Philippa, Mary, Sally, Anna, Manda, John

Apologies: David (Brown), Barbara, Paul, Mireille, Jonathan, Gordon, Mick

1.     The minutes of the 30th Oct 2013 meeting were agreed. Anna confirmed that payment for the map night hall rental had been banked, with thanks.

2.     The Christmas event (carols and drinks), was reviewed: well-attended and warm, positive party, lovely that it was at a new house. Heartfelt thanks to Mary for hosting, and to all the helpers. Carols were also excellent, thanks to John for organising and Peter for playing. Agreed that next year, we’ll consider a short performance of 4-part harmony carols during the party.

3.     Quiz night – at last meeting, agreed range of ideal dates but Feb 22nd only availability for  Church Hall and quite a lot of key organisers not around then. Proposal to use 12th April date (originally mooted for Safari Supper) for quiz. Philippa to see if Church Hall available then. If not Mary to look into other venues. Getting critical that we run this event soon as it’s our main fund-raiser and we are low on funds (see later).

Quiz planning team: Philippa, Ali, Manda, to meet soon to get moving on format, questions, jobs that need doing etc. Also to look back at lessons learned from last time.

Discussion on questions  – may solicit from others (agreed central editor essential). Noted that Anna’s son runs quizzes and has good sources  – Anna to pursue. Other ideas – identify chocolate bars round, local photos and sounds – all to go into the mix.

Publicity should emphasise that people are encouraged to bring friends, family etc. Tickets, £5 per head, no concessions. Come as a team (up to 6) or join on the night. Drinks for donations. 7:30 for 8.

Bookings either by email (to mandajoyce@hotmail.co.uk), or on paper through Anna’s letterbox (with payment).

Publicity – first one alerting all to date ASAP – (to go on paper to all VR houses with other VRG dates, see later item).

Nearer the time, 2nd paper mailing, specific reminder on paper, with tear off slip for paper bookings.

Manda, John, Sam all happy to do delivery.

Mary kindly offered to do photocopying.

4.     OxClean – Morning of Sat 8th March. Mary and Philippa organising. Mary to liaise with OxClean to book our patch (as local as poss), and contact others as required, including collecting kit.

5.     Sam floated idea of VRG “Secretary” role – not to do minutes but to maintain list of people in road, mailing list, skills available, offers to volunteer etc. A bit like a membership secretary. Meeting thought a good idea. Sam and Mary offered to write a short job description for review at the next meeting. Noted that Welcome Pack not great at recruiting people to VRG. Suggested we might use Garden Party and Christmas Drinks to recruit residents.

6.     Oxfam International parking request. Had a request via a member of Seven Roads Group about whether VR residents might offer parking on drives etc to Oxfam staff as Oxfam is losing some parking spaces in Summertown.  After discussion, agreed not to use VRG mailing list to circulate this request (would not want precedent of using list for charitable appeals, and also some concerns about encouraging people to drive into Summertown, and relative ‘merit’ of Oxfam workers vs other workers). No reason, however, why Sam should not put the appeal on the VR notice board.

7.     Notice Board. Thanks were expressed to Peter for beautiful addition to the board. As ‘Board monitor’, Paul, in his absence, asked to put an acknowledgement for Peter (cheerfulchippy) on the Board.

Barbara has offered to paint the board. Sam to say ‘yes please’.

8.     AOB

·       Betty really loves to have visitors – see Mary for more info about location etc.

·       Signatories on VR bank account now changed – any 2 signatories from Anna, Mary, Sam, Manda

·       Anna confirmed VR Funds.

·       Confirmation of 2014 programme so far

 

OxClean

Sat 8th March, morning, somewhere nearby,  details tbc

Victoria Road Quiz

Sat 12th April, 7:30pm, local venue tbc

VR Green Balloon Day

Sun 11th May, morning

VR Garden Party

Sunday 13th July, afternoon

VR Safari Supper

Sat 20th September, evening

 

 You can start booking your place for the excellent quiz evening (April 12th) now: just email Manda.

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