Standard rehearsals take place on Monday evenings during term time, arriving around 7:15pm for a prompt ‘baton down’ start at 7:30pm, and finishing at 9:45pm. Our usual, easily-accessible rehearsal venue in North London is
Grange Park Methodist Church main hall.
This can be found on the corner of Park Drive and Old Park Ridings, N21 2EU. Parking in Park Drive is good and there is also a small car park behind the church which can be accessed from Park Drive. The church is very near Grange Park Station (Great North line - Hertford to Moorgate). The 125 bus stops in Green Dragon Lane near the junction with Old Park Ridings which is a short walk away. The 329 bus stops at the bottom of Green Dragon Lane..
These are the proposed rehearsal dates for next term.
Mondays 27th September, 4th October, 11th October, 18th October
No rehearsal on Monday 25th October,
Monday 1st November, 8th November
Friday 12th November
Saturday 13th November 2.30pm followed by concert
With restrictions having been lifted, and the vaccine rolled out, we are finally able to returnorchestral rehearsals. But of course we realise that COVID has not gone away, and some members may not feel ready to resume just yet. While there are no longer formal social distancing requirements in place, we’re sure that members will treat each other with respect in terms of personal space. Members are welcome to wear face coverings if they wish, and we will continue to provide hand sanitiser and wipes. String players who prefer to play at an individual desk will be able to continue to do so. We encourage members to receive the vaccine when available to them, and to consider taking regular lateral flow tests. And of course we ask you not to attend a rehearsal if you’re feeling unwell or think you might have COVID symptoms.
To summarise:- face masks are optional. Strings can share a stand if they wish too. Continue to be aware of personal space. Sanitise hands. We will continue to bring our own drinks/snacks for the break and to go outside if weather permits and we wish to do so. This may change as the term progresses. Please don't come along if you feel unwell.
Pictured: Amber Emson rehearsing with the orchestra before her stunning performance of the Dvorak violin concerto in November 2019.