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I'm very happy to announce our first real-life event since January 2020!
Everyone's welcome to perform regardless of ability, experience or musical style. Playing is optional however, non-pianists are welcome to enjoy the music.
Note the attendance now needs to be increased to £6 to cover organisational costs.
We have the Steinway floor of Besbrode pianos from 2:00-5:00pm so you're welcome to arrive as early as you wish in time for our 2:30pm start. There's plenty of free street parking in surrounding streets and in the Besbrode car park itself
We'll be taking a cautious approach to running the event with the use of masks recommended but not mandatory. Tea/coffee will be served throughout the session in way that avoids crowding. I'll be in contact with attendees in the week before to re-confirm attendance and all details for the day.
If players could aim for a single piece not more that 7mins (incl. setup/intro). If you'd like to try something longer just get in touch before the event and we can see what might be possible. Look forward to seeing you and happy playing in the meantime!
All welcome to our 17th online event!
Note - With the restart of our in-person sessions, the online sessions are continuing on the fourth Monday night each month.
We'll include both live playing in addition to the pre-recorded options. If you'd like to try a live performance, please contact me directly and we can check your zoom settings and do a sound test.
If anyone would like 1-1 guidance on getting access to this session just ping me a message and I'll be happy to help.
Audience members/non-players also welcome!
1. JOINING THE MEETING
a. We'll use the popular "Zoom" platform
b. It's free, no user registration/sign-up required
c. I'll add the Zoom weblink to meeting which you can click on to join the session.
d. I'll share a meeting password with those who have RSVP-d in the days before the session
e. For MOBILE devices (Phone or Tablet) you'll need to download the free app "Zoom Cloud Meetings" (whether Android or Apple). If you don't download in advance it will prompt you when clicking on the meeting invite.
f. If using a DESKTOP/LAPTOP, when you click on the meeting link it will automatically download the browser plugin "Zoom Client for Meetings"
You can also download "Zoom Client for Meetings" from the website.
g. Whichever device you use there is no need to register with Zoom. You'll just be prompted for a 'Guest Name' and the password when joining the session.
h. By default everyone will be muted but you can unmute if you want to talk! Video can be on/off during the session as you prefer.
3. THE MUSIC
We'll share a desktop in the session and play videos/audio people have submitted or watch the live performances as needed.
People will be able to speak/introduce their pieces on the call as needed or type their comments in the meeting chat window. Due to the anticipated number players, the usual approach applies i.e. ideally a single piece not more that 6 mins in total. With online events, the preference is for shorter pieces on average
For performers there are three ways to get on the programme.
a. Playing live - Just get in touch with me directly and we can test the Zoom set up for you
b. Send me a YouTube Link of your video
c. Make a film/recording on your phone/tablet and use WeTransfer to send it to me via [masked]
***WeTransfer is nice and straightforward, again no registration/login. It'll send me a link to download your video. Standard limit is 2GB which is way more that needed for a 5-6min video. All videos are removed from WeTransfer storage after 7 days***