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Absence

Whilst we hope that members will wish to attend every rehearsal, inevitably there will be an occasional event or illness which will result in absence.  Please be proactive in comparing CMA and school/family events.  Where a clash occurs, inform the ensemble leader as soon as possible.  This is particularly important for final rehearsals and concerts.  In the case of absence due to illness, please email the CMA office.

Auditions

New Members

Have you done a graded music exam? If so, we can fit you into an ensemble which suits your abilities. Alternatively, our staff may know you and your music making. Some groups and instrumental departments can be very competitive; in such cases your place will depend on availability, the instrument you play and your sight-reading and ensemble experience. If you want to join at the beginning of a new academic year, come along to a friendly audition in May to meet the team and see where you might fit in. Just email the office to register. You can apply for membership at any time during the year.

Existing Members

Auditions are held each year in May for wind, brass and string players to establish group membership for the following September.  The process is pain-free and helps us stay in touch with everyone’s progress across the year.

Catering

Food will be on sale in the Space Bar at the RGS during the early part of Friday evenings to get around the “when will I eat?” problem.  Typical menus will include pizza, soups, baked potatoes, pasties and cakes.  Bring a bit of money and try it out: it beats making two packed lunches!

Concert Dress

  • Junior Ensemble members:
    • Boys: Long sleeved white shirt, black bow tie, black trousers, black socks, black shoes
    • Girls: Long sleeved white shirt or blouse, black knee length skirt, white socks/neutral tights, black shoes OR black trousers, black socks, black shoes
  • Senior Ensemble members:
    • Male: Long sleeved white shirt, black jacket, black bow tie, black trousers, black socks and black shoes
    • Female: ¾ or full length sleeved black shirt and long black floor-length skirt OR long black dress, dark/neutral tights and black shoes

Occasionally, ensembles perform more informally wearing black CMA polo shirts. These can be purchased from the online shop.

Emergency contact

In the event of an emergency, you may need to contact us on 07946 411553. This number is for use during weekend CMA sessions only.

Instruments

If you need to hire an instrument, please contact us on an individual basis. CMA have a small number of instruments available to hire and, if the instrument you need is not available, we can advise you.

Membership fees

You will receive a termly invoice for your membership fees by email, usually a couple of weeks into each term.  Payments can be made online or by cash/cheque.  Please remember to give half a term’s notice of any intention to leave CMA.

Scholarships and bursaries

The CMA would like to welcome all young musicians, irrespective of their ability to pay. Please contact the office in cases of financial hardship.

Special needs

If your child has special needs, please contact us. We have children with a variety of needs playing and singing weekly in our mainstream groups.music-harbour-logo

Alternatively, our new Music Therapy service is tailored specifically to your child’s circumstances, to enhance their experience and to develop family interactions.

RNIB Logo Support for blind or partially sighted students

As part of our offer to develop the musicianship of all our students, provision is offered for those who are blind or partially sighted. With the support of the Music Advisory Service at the Royal National Institute of Blind People, we can not only provide resources in accessible formats, such as Braille music or Modified Stave Notation, but also ensure that the skills are taught to use these notations effectively. Beyond notation, special consideration is given for the practicalities of ensemble performance, public performance in unfamiliar venues, the use and interpretation of gesture and any other elements normally dependent on sight. CMA welcomes the support of James Risdon, Music Officer, and Sally Zimmermann, Music Advisor from RNIB.