Newsletter 2 July 2022

Our production of Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea was well-received (as I mentioned in the last newsletter) and it was shortly followed by our Annual General Meeting. Numerous points arose from the AGM which I’ll summarise briefly below.

Our Treasurer, Molly Percival, took us through the accounts. She was thanked for all her hard work.

Des Holmes stood down from the Chair (he had already announced his intention at the last AGM). I was voted in as the new Chair, proposed by Des and seconded by Andy Masterson. Thank you to everyone who voted for me. I will do all I can to justify your confidence.

Des certainly has big shoes to fill and our many thanks go to him for all his hard work over the years. I still can’t get him to confess how long it’s been!

Our esteemed tenor, Des Holmes

The Committee now comprises:

Honorary Life President: Janet Bryant-Heron
Chairman: Peter Walters
Treasurer: Molly Percival:
Minute-taker: Berni Alexandrou
Librarian: Kay Holmes:
Committee members: Des Holmes, Sam Ellis, Christine Blakemore, Andy Masterson and Katharine Jones.

Honorary Life President: Janet Bryant-Heron

Much of the work of maintaining the website has been taken over by Katharine Jones, and she has improved upon my efforts considerably.

For our previous two productions, we’ve entered into charity twinning arrangements with local businesses. This approach, initiated by Andy Masterson, has proved beneficial to NNCO, the local businesses and the charities that they nominate.

This year, Mandy Allen of Shirehall Plain Antiques, found it of such benefit that she wishes to continue on an annual basis with Guide Dogs for the Deaf. shirehallplainantiques.co.uk

One of the major topics was, of course, the next production. Numerous suggestions were made and discussed briefly. It was agreed that Mark Jones and Paul Hands would present a shortlist from which the Committee could make a final choice.

For my own part, I believe that we should plan ahead for 2024 as well as next year. This approach, would, I think, give a greater sense of continuity and assist when seeking new members, PR, publicity and further sponsorship.

The question of our performance venue was also raised. This subject will be discussed in detail at the next Committee meeting. Please watch this space!

Our publicity also needs a bit of a boost and this is another major subject the Committee will be getting its collective teeth into.

A couple of events are taking place this month featuring members of NNCO.

A Concert of Victorian Songs

Cley Church, Thursday 7 July at 3 pm. Features Wyatt Earp on flute and singing bass, Des Holmes singing tenor and Graham Hoskins on piano. Refreshments. Retiring collection in aid of Cley Church.

Ladies Who Sing Summer Concert

Aylsham Parish Church, Saturday 16 July at 7.30 pm. Janet Kelsey conducts. Tickets are £10, available in advance from choir members, call 07768645603, or on the door.

Gill and I had a great day at the Potty Festival in Sheringham today. For those who don’t know it, it’s a festival of traditional dance featuring both Cotswold and Border Morris, North West Clog dancing, and Molly Dancing from East Anglia, plus Appalachian Dancing from the Blue Grass area of the US. The only thing missing was North Eastern Longsword and Rapper Dancing. The festival received its strange name from the fact that the local team practised in the Lobster pub and thought The Lobster Potties would be a good name. Always a great event.

That’s it for now – back soon.
Peter