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The Music Hub

Making Music Together

Information for Concert Audience Members - January 2022

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. That will help to allow more people to participate.

  • Repertoire and scores: we can provide advice about repertoire, and printed music to play from which players may borrow if they wish to practise it in advance of a session. Some players will have their own, of course. We can provide a wide range of music to suit all standards from about Grade 5 upwards. 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 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 though it’s hard to find a time that will suit everyone we’d like to try meeting from 7pm to 9pm.

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

Where?

Bearsden Cross Church, 61 Drymen Rd, Bearsden, G61 2SU which has several meeting rooms with suitable acoustics for chamber music, will be our regular base.

Fees

To defray some of our costs we need to charge a small fee to attend TheMusicHub, and for the first year our introductory offer (to be reviewed at the end of the season) will be:
Players 18 and over: £5 per session
Players under 18: Free
Talks/discussions: Free to all

How to register and pay for a session?

An online booking system for players will be available here from Thursday 1 September. No advance booking required for talks/discussions (a complete schedule with details of topics and start times will be posted here from 1 September).

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