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February 2021 - News Letter

Hello to everyone and welcome to this first electronic version of The Baton.  A Happy New Year to you all.  We do hope that everyone is safe and well and coping with these difficult times.  We are so pleased that many of you have chosen to take part in our virtual rehearsals each Saturday and for taking part in our virtual concerts.  Great publicity for CYO as well as a lovely memento for you and your family to look back on.

Excellent attendance on Zoom rehearsals!

Zoom Rehearsals are still being well attended, which is great.  However, If you have any ideas on how we can improve them, what type of music you would prefer / ideas for the quiz etc. then please let us know.  We are always open to ideas to make your time with us a better one. ( See contact details below.)


If any musician / parent / guardian has any concerns at all, you can always contact the Secretary, Helen (who always sits in every Saturday morning, along with fellow Trustee Steve Frost) either on the telephone or by

e-mail and she will make sure your concerns / ideas are dealt with.

Violin and Music Sheet

Registered Charity: 1071130

Don't forget to smile!

This logo will be familiar to many parents if making purchases on Amazon, CYO has been hit quite hard financially since lockdown for various reasons. The Trustees have been anxious to keep fees at the same rate but with no concert income they have decided to look at ways in which we can generate income.  So when ordering goods on Amazon, if you click on the AmazonSmile logo and choose Congleton Youth Orchestra as your chosen charity we then benefit financially.  The more you order the more we get !  We hope you will feel able to support our organisation in this way.  

We are a registered charity therefore please use our registration number: 1071130 when signing up with smile.

New Trustee Appointments 

In November 2020, the Trustees appointed two trustees to the vacant Officer of Chairman and Deputy Chair.


The new Chairman is Trustee, Andrew Adam who has been involved with the Orchestra since it was formed in 1994. He served as Treasurer for eight years and was involved with establishing the Orchestra’s status as a Registered Charity. His daughters were members of the Orchestra’s strings section for several years. In addition to his role as a Trustee Andrew is the CYO representative for Making Music and for the Youth Ensembles section of the Association of British Orchestras.


Trustee Helen Elkin has been appointed Deputy Chair. Helen was appointed as a Trustee in November 2019 and had been involved as an Associate Tutor with the Intermediate Strings Section for several years. In her new role Helen will continue to assist with the Intermediates and have the liaison role between the Music Staff and the Trustees. Helen’s daughters are both members of the Orchestra.


The Treasurer, Sylvia Bailey and Secretary, Helen Chappel continue in their roles.   

Glasses and Music Sheet
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