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Cranleigh Youth Orchestra

We would like to draw your attention to our local youth orchestra.

At the Cranleigh Youth Orchestra we offer children from 7 to 17 the opportunity to play together and have fun making music. We welcome players of all levels (from beginner to Grade 8) and the music is specially written and arranged to suit the individual members. Even the youngest musicians can begin playing straight away and there is coaching at hand. Our more advanced players often get the opportunity to perform solos at the concerts.

Musicians The music produced is of a very high standard and we give regular concerts not only to parents but to schools and at community events. Parents often asků'How can I get my child to do well in their sightreading and aural tests?' These are two of the major stumbling blocks for children in the preparation for music exams. Playing in an orchestra is not only great fun but assists enormously with the ability to read music quickly and easily and develop a keen aural sense.

Cranleigh Youth Orchestra is a small friendly ensemble with the view that music should be fun. We also welcome adults who are learning and who would love the chance to join our music making!

There are a number of stringed and wind instruments available for hire at a very low cost for those playing in the orchestra. CYO rehearses Thursdays during Autumn and Spring terms (5.30 till 6.30pm) at the Cranleigh Arts Centre. An optional chamber music course is available during the Summer Term.

If you would like more information about the orchestra please contact Tel 01483 276881
Or email cherylandjeff@musicplayshop.com

Dunsfold Millennium Canvas Embroidery

This embroidery wall panel, designed by the respected British artist Diana Springall, was created as the Dunsfold Millennium project. Almost 100 residents of the village (men and women of all ages) contributed by sewing the 85 interlocking pieces, which were then assembled by the artist into a panel measuring 17'3" by 4'. Funding was obtained from the National Lottery, through the Arts Council, and the project was also supported by Surrey County Council, Waverley Borough Council, British Aerospace and Dunsfold Parish Council.

By invitation the embroidery went on national exhibition as part of a collection of community projects at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London and in Harrogate before being installed in Dunsfold Parish Church on 3 December 1999.

The embroidery housed in a fibre-optic lit glazed wooden case hangs on the west wall of the church below a large stained glass window. Designed to complement the colours of the window above, the embroidery was stitched with twisted cotton on canvas and then overlaid with gold thread. The 85 individual pieces each reflect an aspect of village life; from animals (fox, deer, horses) to the harrier jump jet assembled in Dunsfold.


See Diana Springall's website.

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