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May 2021 - News Letter


Autumn Term 2021 will commence on 11 September

Back to Trinity!

Well, after a long hard 12  months, during which you have all been AMAZING  by joining in with Zoom rehearsals,  we are at last getting close to some kind of normality with partial physical rehearsals beginning mid-May.  To keep everyone safe we are having to split rehearsals down to manageable numbers for the remainder of the Summer term. We hope to return to full rehearsals in September.  Timetables for this term have now been issued (check your e-mails) You will still be able to join in on Zoom if you are unable to attend in person. Just remind your tutor to send you the link as usual.


We are also indebted to parents who have volunteered to help in whatever way they can, all of whom have agreed to be DBS checked.  Going forward these volunteers will be invaluable when we eventually are able to perform once more at the Town Hall in Congleton.  At the moment the Town Hall is being used as a Vaccination Centre and so is not available to us for concerts.

Please see photos here.


Moisture guards

We have purchased moisture guards for brass and woodwind instruments which will be issued at the first physical rehearsal.  Please do not share these with anyone and keep them safe in your instrument case. Do not lose them as there are no spares.  They should be used at every rehearsal until restrictions are lifted.


Additional ones can be bought from these retailers:

Respiratory Aerosol Barrier | MoistureGuard | England (click)

Chamberlain Music | Musical instruments, accessories, & sheet music (click)




Our new website

This is now up and running and will be updated on a regular basis, so do please keep going back and having a look.  Rehearsal dates will be found there so if you are unsure, that is the place to look.  There will eventually be a Members’ page, but that is not ready just yet – work in progress.    We have had quite a few hits with one viewer logging in from New York ! so our fame is spreading !!

Black wooden alphabetic letters set show

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.


Registered Charity: 1071130


Rotary Club Congleton - "Bikeathon 21"

Because of Covid the annual Swimathon is not able to go ahead.  Instead, the Rotary Club are holding a “Bikeathon” which will allow individuals or teams to raise money for charities. In previous years we have always supported Rotary by entering teams for the Swimathon and this year we are inviting you to take part in the “Bikeathon” instead.  

All details can be found at:- (click)

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