What we’re about
This is a meetup for amateur musicians looking to play classical chamber music in a friendly and supportive environment.
To-date we have run regular ‘rehearsing’ sessions - generally in west London with 1-3 groups playing depending on numbers. We discuss online in advance what we might play, but we might also play a piece that someone brings along on the afternoon, so although we have a range of levels in the group, a good level of sight-reading skills are pretty important.
The Meetup is also very much a forum for meeting other musicians, so please do post a message on here or in our Facebook group (where discussions are a bit easier!) to suggest your own meetup or form your own group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2180885818652244/.
P.S. We're running a survey at the moment to gather feedback and ideas on our Meetup to help you get more out of our sessions.
We'd love to know what you think, whether you’ve been with us for a while or are completely new. New ideas we’re considering include accommodating less experienced players better, running performance sessions, and running regular social events. https://goo.gl/forms/rU8SkRWM3g4AHq4k2
Upcoming events (1)See all
- Come and Play Chamber MusicW8 5JR, London
Come and play Chamber Music at my house on Sunday 25 February;
Time as suits between 2:15pm and 9:30pm
Please include instruments and expected times in your response, and confirm that you will follow the requested precautions.
The following precautions remain in place to protect the vulnerable residents.
. Up-to-date multiple vaccinated or
. Single vaccinated with negative test in previous 24 hours, or
. Vaccination exempt with negative test in previous 24 hours
Similarly, please do not come if you are unwell or if you know you were recently exposed to people with Covid.
In addition, please spend the absolute minimum time near to areas marked private.
Suggested standard is AB grade7 or NVQ level5 to professional, but in the end the ability to play with others is more important than instrumental technique
I provide the following:
Up to six playing spaces for groups of up to 12, 8, 6, 6, 6 and 3, respectively.
One of the six-person playing-rooms has a carefully-chosen Steinway model B. There will also be a Clavinova CLP575, and A415 and A440 harpsichords in different rooms.
I have violins, violas, cello and a friend's 3/4 double bass available to play for multi-instrumentalists who do not wish to carry too much (please check before coming). I have a decent library of chamber music mostly for strings and for strings and piano; and in practice at least one wind player usually comes equipped with appropriate music (I will provide warning to winds should this ever not be the case).
As this is my private home, details of the location will be emailed by early Saturday to those who have already signed up. Please confirm instruments, chosen timing and the attendance requirements
You will see that available playing times are very long - and I can extend until 10:30pm if appropriate. The intention is to allow us to space out and to minimise Covid risks - as well as to give multiple pianists access.
Please bring a music stand (let me know if this is difficult or impractical, as I can provide a limited number).
There will be beverages and biscuits. I have quite a few mugs; nevertheless, it would be wise to bring your own if there are more than a dozen attendees.
I have revised the anonymous contribution arrangement - it is now a rectangular tin on the high side in the kitchen. Please give if you can - we sometimes have insurance costs to cover as well as basic meetUp subscription; any surplus (wishful thinking so far) will be used to help extend the music library
The list of signed-up players (by instrument and with timing) is now in the comments below; I will try to keep this reasonably up to date
I have probably omitted things you need to know. Please ask. (Ditto apparent errors)