CREMS Orchestra and Ensemble


The CREMS Orchestra meets monthly and is tutored by our musical director, Barbara Jerjen. We play a wide variety of music, both ancient and modern, for recorder orchestra and large ensemble. At least once per year we perform in a public concert and have other in-house performance opportunities. Since 2014 we have performed annually at the High Court as part of the Sunday Concert Series and we are delighted to have been invited back to perform again in 2017.

CREMS Orchestra

The CREMS orchestra is a tutored community orchestra made up of CREMS members of mixed abilities, however orchestra members must have attained a certain level to take part:

Minimum Playing Standards:

  1. Be able to play at least one and a half octaves on both a C and an F instrument

  • players who only play a single instrument due to physical limitations may apply to the musical director for special consideration but in order to balance the sound of the orchestra it is not possible to be part of the orchestra if you only play a descant recorder.

  • Players of a single instrument who are willing to learn another instrument may discuss this with the musical director. There may be some instruments available for short-term loan while the member is learning.

  1. Be able to sight-read music easily and be comfortable with relatively uncomplicated rhythms and musical ideas (AMEB Grades 4-5)

Other requirements:

  1. Players must be a current financial member of CREMS.

  2. Players wishing to perform in any of our concerts must be willing to commit to attending extra rehearsals as required (Dates and times will be announced at the beginning of each semester.)

Fees:

A monthly fee of $15 payable on arrival is charged to cover the cost of venue hire, tuition, music and refreshments.

When:

Last Sunday of the month from February to November.

Extra concert rehearsals are usually held weekly during the month prior to the performance

Schedule: Rehearsal: 2:00 - 3:30 pm,

Afternoon Tea: 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time in order to help with setting up.

Where:

Room 1, Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon

What to bring:

A music stand, pencil, all the music you have been given in a folder and something to share for afternoon tea

How to Join:

  • We welcome new members who fulfill the above criteria. If you wish to come along to one of our monthly meetings to try out please let our musical director know at least two weeks in advance by completing the CREMS Orchestra Application Form. There is no fee for the first attendance.

CREMS Performance Ensemble

About:

Starting in 2017 the CREMS Performance Ensemble will be a more intensive, advanced group for players who are comfortable playing 2+ octaves on all sizes of recorder and who are are able to cope with more advanced rhythms and musical ideas (AMEB Grades 6 and above). The Performance Ensemble will undertake two public performances per year including the High Court concert and members must be willing to commit to the majority of rehearsals (one rehearsal only may be missed without the explicit consent of the musical director). In general the players will be current members of the CREMS Orchestra who have been sent a letter of invitation by the musical director. Any player who wishes to join the Performance Ensemble, but was not initially sent an invitation, can talk with the musical director about playing standards and expectations.

When:

Last Sunday of the month from February to November following the Orchestra rehearsal.

Extra concert rehearsals are usually held weekly during the month prior to the performance

Schedule: Rehearsal: 4:00 – 5:00 pm,

Where:

Room 1, Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon

Fees:

$120 per semester payable by the end of March.

If you are not currently a member of the Orchestra and wish to apply to join the Performance Ensemble please use the CREMS Orchestra Application Form to make an initial enquiry.

For more information:

If you have questions which are not answered above please use the CREMS Orchestra Query Form


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