Are you free on Sunday, 17th December?

Hi Simon,

Hope this finds you well.

No doubt you like most of us are incredibly busy this time of year but I’m writing to ask if you would be able to advertise a playing opportunity and invitation to the Marchwood Orchestra?
I’m looking for more players to join the orchestra for our candlelight carol service on Sunday 17th at Freemantle. This is always a great occasion. We use the GoodMusic Publishing carol and all the music is sight readable. There is a rehearsal on the day at 5pm followed by refreshments and after the service there is mulled wine and mince pies.
If you are able to extend this invitation to the Marchwood Orchestra I would be most grateful, and I’m happy for my email to be passed to anyone who wants to get in contact.
All best wishes,

Mr Craig Lawton

BA(Hons), MISM

Director of Music, Christ Church Freemantle
Chairman, Charity Symphony Orchestra
Musical Director, Winchester Chamber Orchestra, Conchord Singers
Conductor, Romsey Abbey Consort
Phone:  07814 305 261 | 023 8039 6611
Twitter: @ConchordSingers  @CharitySymphony @CraigIawton @CCFreemantle

Rehearsal Schedule

Here is the rehearsal schedule for the next concert. I have structured it according to which music requires trombone so that players aren’t coming for only half an evening.  Simon

23/11 Bach suite, Holst

30/11 Beethoven Romance, Egmont (no trombone)

7/12 (St Wins) Auber, Fanfare Blues and Tango, Rossini

14/12 Christmas music, AGM and social

04/01/18 *Sectionals held if possible* Rossini, Egmont, sections of Holst (no trombone)

11/01 Auber, Bach, Fanfare Blues and Tango

18/01 Romance, Egmont, Rossini (no trombone)

25/01 Holst, Fanfare Blues and Tango

01/02 Romance with soloist, Holst, other sections to be announced as necessary

08/02 Romance with soloist, Bach, other sections tbd as necessary

15/02 Entire programme playthrough

25/02 Concert including warmup.

Are you over 18? Apply to the Dayas Fund

Dayas Fund

This is an annual grants scheme administered by Hampshire County Council – set up from a sum of money left by Mrs Hayton (nëe Dayas), a former Hampshire teacher, in her will.

These music scholarships give the chance for people, over 18 years of age, to seek support to have lessons either for new musical interests or to help them refresh previously learned musical skills in singing or playing an instrument. Applications are also welcomed from those wanting to further develop skills in areas such as composition, conducting and performance.

Application forms and further details are available from Hampshire County Council’s Music Service on 023 8065 2037 or by e-mail to  The closing date for applications tend to settle in January each year. It is a simple application process and well worth players applying .