The orchestra met during the first few days of July 2021 for four playing sessions, with Jonny Lo wielding the baton. We worked at Haydn Symphony 104, and Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Great Hall at Lancaster University was big enough to accommodate us, socially distance, but sadly, with Covid restrictions and uncertainties, it was not possible to have an audience. Nevertheless, it was wonderful to be playing together again after such a long time.
Great thanks were expressed to Jonny, who has helped us so much during the pandemic, and inspired us with ideas, and also to our Chairman Alison Toy, who has kept the show on the road, and spent countless hours keeping everything well organised, practical and Covid-secure. Not an easy task.