17th November 2020, Message from Jeanne Mann (WPS Orchestra Leader)

We were delighted to receive the message below from our Leader of the WPS Orchestra, Jeanne Mann. It seems that she has managed to continue with some musical projects during lockdown. Thanks Jeanne and we all look forward to getting together again as soon as we possibly can. Pam Allanson

It’s been such a long time since I’ve seen any members of the choir, I thought I would drop a line or two to wish everyone the best in these strange times.

I’m beginning to feel quite estranged over here in the East and I am even beginning to look forward to my trips round the M25 for future WPS rehearsals and concerts!

I have been keeping busy with my many projects, the highlight being socially distanced string quartets. I had a fancy to play through all the Haydn String quartets – which will take even longer than working through all the Symphonies.

Playing in a local church venue with great acoustics we have been sounding wonderful! Even on the occasion when, 30 minutes before our session was due to start, I locked myself out of my house with all my keys and violin inside and had to borrow a dodgy violin – it was still marvellous!

At the same venue weekly lunchtime concerts have been going ahead with socially distanced seating and masks de rigueur. And I’m delighted to say that I have a date in my diary to perform there with a brilliant local accompanist, so I’m busily working up the Elgar violin sonata. Not due till February, but it might be a hopeful sign of concerts to come.

The last time I performed the Elgar Sonata it was at a music club accompanied by Jonathan Cohen – standing next to me in the photo so I thought I’d share this wonderful photo (See below) of The Pemberley Players all dressed up for a Regency style dance in Ansbach last year. A rare occasion when I wasn’t wearing a black concert outfit.

I’m really pleased to hear that the virtual choir rehearsals are going so well. All congratulations to Michael for his hard work and dedication. Looking forward to seeing you all soon, Jeanne

Jeanne pictured with The Pemberley Players all dressed up for a Regency style dance in Ansbach last year (2019).