Photographs courtesy of Bright Images © Paul Smith 2017
Details of the second GIAGO session
Photos and details of the first GIAGO session which raised £500 for the Help For Heroes charity.
The date and venue to be confirmed.
The cost is £20 for the day with profits going to the Help for Heroes charity.
Visit our contact us page to see the orchestra line up and details of our Facebook page.
Thank you to you both for spear-heading such an amazing initiative. I really appreciate the hours that go in behind the scenes to set up, prepare for and run such an event- they are countless. The benefits for all and positive comments bear witness to the enormous encouragement and boost you have given to all those musicians of different ages and stages-what an achievement.
A chance for anyone, of any age, with any ability (they must be able to follow basic notation) and on any instrument to join others to make up an orchestra with proceeds going to the Help For Heroes charity.
The music (usually two or three fun pieces/medleys) will be emailed to you well before the orchestra meet up on the day when they rehearse and follow musical activities before performing a short concert open to family and friends.
GIAGO 3 is now done and a massive success. We managed to raise £824 for the Help For Heroes charity. See the GIAGO 3 page for more details
There is already talk of a GIAGO 4. Do visit the Facebook page to see more details as it develops and offer your thoughts on what we can play.
Yes! Imagine violins, clarinets and French horns making music with non conventional orchestral instruments such as recorders, saxophone or even accordions!
Primary school age players will need to be accompanied by an adult. The youngest to participate was 8 years old and the oldest well into retirement!
Provided you can follow basic notation for your instrument, you are welcome to join in. The music will be written especially for you at your level of playing.
A chance for anyone, of any age, with any ability (must be able to follow basic notation) and on any instrument to join others to make up an orchestra.
The music (usually two or three fun pieces/medleys) will be emailed to you well before the orchestra meet up on the day when they rehearse and follow musical activities before performing a short concert to family and friends.
The day is focused on fun in which the whole family can participate. Many attendees have not played an instrument for 20-30 years. Also many music teachers attend but sign up on an instrument they either have not played before or not played for some time.
Taken on a first come basis, non musical parents can sign up to help with percussion. Please note that places for this are limited,
9:30 Registration/Set Up
10:00 Musical Warm up & Rehearsal
11:20 Section Get-togethers
12:00 Full Rehearsal
12:45 Lunch (Bring your own!)
1:50 Full Rehearsal
3:00 Concert Performance
Simple! To make music with friends, family and meet other players just like you!
Played in the past and wish you still did?
Give it a Go!
Just started learning, and want to play with others?
Give it a Go!!
Just love playing?
Give it a Go!!!
Join players of all abilities and ages on all sorts of musical instruments to explore music-making and to prepare a short concert.
The event is run and managed by Louise Rayner & Paul Smith with assistance from Matthew Rayner.
All people involved with the day are DBS security checked including musical assistants and first-aid helpers.
All profits and donations from the day will go to the Help For Heroes Charity.
Dear Louise and Paul,
I'm just writing to say how marvellous the GIAGO 2013 event was. I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the day and met some wonderful people. You both made the day really fun, highly enjoyable and yet at the same time helped us all to push our boundaries a little further. Having only picked up a cello for the first time about three months ago I was wondering what I'd got myself into but I needn't have worried as you orchestrated everything so well to suit all skills and abilities. You are both hugely talented and your expertise helped make the day so much fun.
Huge thanks and appreciation to both of you.
I'm looking forward to the next event with much enthusiasm
Dear Paul and Louise,
Michael and I wanted to thank you for all you put in to GIAGO 2013. It must take a tremendous amount of organising, but it seems so effortless on the day. Michael really enjoyed himself – and everyone was so enthusiastic. I am sure he will be on the list for next time.
You did a fantastic job, and really showed everyone what they could achieve.