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Welcome to the
RUSTY PLAYERS OF OUNDLE!




ABOUT US:

◊ Article "Play On" in Nene Living (June 2016) written by Sarah Chase (Saxophone).
Click on the image to download the pdf and read the full article.

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When Alexander McCall Smith spoke at the Oundle Festival of Literature in 2009,
he en passent extolled the virtues of his ‘Really Terrible Orchestra’, with its
attractive philosophy of less-than-highly-talented friends playing their instruments
informally in an orchestra with plenty of breaks for alcoholic refreshment.

This seed must have fallen on fertile ground in Oundle, because a few months later,
and with only word-of-mouth publicity, 22 players assembled in November 2009 for the
first rehearsal of ‘The Rusty Players of Oundle’ (RPO).

Many years later, the RPO numbers are over 50 regular players, with a further 8-10
on the fringes, whose spirits are more willing than their flesh (apparently!).

In truth, we aspire to produce a sound that is better than terrible, and the audience at
our first few gigs since December 2010 seemed to survive the experience.

Players, age range 20 to 80, fall into three categories:

♪ Those who started playing in their teens, before the everyday pressures of life
. . forced their music into the background, and who now want to resume and enjoy
. . orchestral playing.

♪ Those who are very competent amateur players on one instrument, but who have
. . a second or third instrument that they want to exercise

♪ A small number who have taken to music later on in life, for whom this is their first
. . orchestral experience

All these categories make a full contribution to the RPO and (seem to) enjoy it!
Subscriptions: currently just £10 per term

Most instruments are well-represented, though a couple more in each string department
would be welcome.

There are now two sub-groups:

♪ The Rusty Strings
perform at occasional garden parties, Barnwell 'Music in the Park'
Concerts and the Oundle Festival Fringe. See 'Summary of past triumphs'.

The Ruff Recorders, a spirited early music recorder consort.

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WHERE DO THE PLAYERS COME FROM?




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Interested? Please contact us.
Download an A4 flier about the Rusty Players

Take a look at our
Facebook Group page (you will need to join first).

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RPO COMMITTEE (Dec 2018)

Kate Thain
David Webb
Justin Jeffrey
Ros Southgate
Douglas Butler
Dawn Gent
Vince Davy

Violin
Tuba
Trumpet
Viola
Violin
Percussion
M.D.

Chair
Treasurer/Music Library
Membership/Communications
Bookings
Website/Publicity/Strings
Secretary
ex-officio


RPO REPERTOIRE COMMITTEE (Dec 2018)

David Milsted
Kate Thain

M.D.
Violin

Chair
ex-officio


RPO PAST EVENTS
All our past events are here (Posters and programmes)