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The Music Hub

Making Music Together

Jubilee  Quartet Workshop - 1st October 2022 

A fun filled day for string players - see here for details.

The Music Hub

Who are we?

Milngavie Music Club is a voluntary organisation which has been presenting an annual series of high-quality professional concerts of classical chamber music since 1942. Now we think the time is ripe to add a new string to our bow in the shape of a mini-club called TheMusicHub for people of all ages who want to play or learn about music rather than just listen. 

What will we do?

  • We plan to start small in October 2022 with a weekly session lasting up to two hours in the same place at the same time for 8 weeks before Christmas, and then a second term of 10 weeks starting in January. We’ll concentrate on string-playing to begin with but we expect to introduce other instruments, particularly winds, in due course.

  • Initially we will hire two rooms, each big enough for an ensemble of 4 to 8 players to rehearse in. People who already play in, for example, a string quartet will be able to bring their group to rehearse and receive guidance from a professional player. Others who might wish to try ensemble playing for the first time will be helped to put a group of players of compatible standard together.

  • Some players may want to come every week while others might prefer to come less frequently. This will allow more people to participate.

  • Repertoire and scores: we can provide advice about repertoire, and will build a music library of printed music to browse and play from. Some players will have their own music, of course. We won’t lend the music out; for practise purposes modern technology will allow you to scan small sections of music for home use. We can provide a wide range of music to suit all standards from about Grade 3 upwards and for most music we can provide easier parts on request. You may know quite well what level you play at but if not we can give advice. In any case, don’t be shy, come along and we can go from there.

  • Less experienced players will be able to develop skills in the friendly atmosphere of a chamber ensemble.

  • We will introduce opportunities for participants to discuss music or listen to a short talk on a musical topic; for example about the music to be played at a forthcoming MMC concert. Interviews, demonstrations, participation events and even debates might also be offered, depending on interest. These will be open to TheMusicHub participants, MMC members and the general public. Tea and coffee will be available with time and space to meet and chat.

When?

Our preferred day of the week is Tuesday, and we will meet from 7pm to 9pm. 

The first ‘term’ of TheMusicHub will run for 8 weeks from Tuesday 11 October at 7pm.

Where?

Bearsden Cross Church, 59 Drymen Rd, Bearsden, G61 2SU which has several meeting rooms with suitable acoustics for chamber music, will be our regular base.

How to register and pay for a session?

  • Playing participants. Please complete the online registration form to register with TheMusicHub and inform us of your interest. This will enable us to collect details for the purpose of organising the sessions.

    Once registered, players can book sessions by email. Please email themusichub@milngaviemusic.org at least two weeks in advance of your preferred playing dates and depending on demand we will do our best to book you in.

    Pay when you attend.

  • Talks and discussions. No advance booking or registration is required for talks/discussions.


Further enquiries

If you are interested in coming to TheMusicHub but are not sure at what level or just want to know more, contact Pat Field by emailing: themusichub@milngaviemusic.org

Talks


Tuesday evenings at 8 in Bearsden Cross Parish Church
- a series of informal talks and discussions, with recorded music. Talks last approximately one hour.


11th October - Why we’re starting a Music Hub – introductory talk and discussion

18th October - Steven Osborne’s recital on 21 October: pre-concert talk by Hugh Macdonald

25th October - The art of arranging: Derek Clark, Head of Music at Scottish Opera, talks about how to transform an opera score for full orchestra into a chamber ensemble version suitable for a small theatre.


1st November - 80 years of Milngavie Music Club: Hugh Macdonald traces the club’s illustrious history with recordings of some of the great artists who have performed for us.

8th November - Desert Island Discs

15th November - Michael Mofidian’s recital on 18 November: Pre-concert talk by Hugh Macdonald

22th November - Life in an orchestra: BBC SSO violinist Alex Gascoine, in conversation with Colin Suckling, takes us behind the scenes in a symphony orchestra and talks about the life of an orchestral musician.

29th November - Let’s Build a City, concert on 2 December: Pre-concert talk by Hugh Macdonald