Christmas Cracker Rehearsal!
We are excited to confirm that, in-line with the latest Government guidance, the In-Person Music Centre Rehearsal on Wednesdays 9th December will go ahead as planned!
We are no longer accepting registrations for this event.
Please see the drop-down menu below for more information.
NB: We have decided not to proceed with the rehearsal originally planned for Wed 16th December due to its proximity to Christmas Day given the announced relaxation of household mixing rules.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Timetable Wednesday 9th December
'Christmas Cracker' Rehearsal
Wednesday 9th December 2020
6:30pm – 7:15pm
Combo Strings (Intermediate & String Sinfonia)
5:30 – 6:15pm
Junior & Intermediate Guitar Combo
6:30pm – 7:15pm
7:30pm – 8:15pm
Merton Youth Concert Band(s) (Group 1 / Group 2 / Group 3)
8:15pm – 9:15pm
Merton Youth Jazz Orchestra
MYCB will rehearse in 2 separate ‘bubbles’ within the Main Hall. Bubble 1 should access the site via the pedestrian walkway leading to a glass door, Bubble 2 should access the site via the double gates into the car park and proceed via the playground.
MYJO pupils will be required to vacate the Main Hall between MYCB and MYJO to allow this space to air. If the weather is fair, they will go to the playground (so bring a coat!).
Our new Music Centre location is:
This lovely new venue is right next door to the new Harris Academy Wimbledon site and between South Wimbledon tube station (4-min walk) and the Tandem Centre (4-min drive).
Due to COVID restrictions, parents/guardians will not be permitted on site.
We kindly request that pupils are dropped-off outside of the school and make their own way in via the pedestrian entrance to the car park. Follow the path to access the building via the glass door - please look out for staff and signage to direct you.
There is no on-site parking. Spaces may be found in the adjacent streets or alternatively at B&Q or Sainsburys nearby.
Please note that the MMF main office will still be based at Harris Academy Morden.
We have implemented a comprehensive range of protocols including ventilation, distancing and hygiene measures to ensure the safety of our learning community. Pupils will also be kept in 'bubbles' of no more than 15 in accordance with Government guidelines; this will impact on capacity and rehearsal scheduling.
You will shortly be able to read our full Risk Assessment here.
No parents/guardians on site
Pupils and staff to wear a face covering at all times whilst on site except for when seated in their designated place for rehearsal
Strict 2 metre distancing to be observed at all times
Everyone must wash/sanitise their hands upon entry and regularly throughout the time on site
Do not attend if you or a member of your household is displaying COVID symptoms or has tested positive
Each pupil can only attend one group with exceptions for some pupils in DrumLine, Merton Mallets, MYCB and MYJO where pupil 'bubbles' can be maintained.
Please don't remain on site any longer than necessary
Please do not travel to Music Centre with people from outside your household
If you have any questions about our COVID procedures, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
A face covering, a music stand, their sheet music and a pencil (plus their instrument!). We also recommend carrying a personal supply of hand sanitiser and tissues.
Brass and Woodwind players should bring a towel for drips and valve emptying.
Guitarists - please remember your footrest.
Percussionists - please remember your sticks and bring along any small items of percussion that you have to help minimise the need for sharing resources.
Please bring your sheet music with you (paper copy or on a tablet/device) to help us reduce the need to hand things out. We will have a limited number of parts available on the day for those without their own music.
Jump Jive and Swing
Fairy Tale of New York
12 Days of Christmas
Eine Keleine Nachtmusik
Plink Plank Plonk
Keep on Truckin'
Meet the Flintstones
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
MYJO / Merton Mallets
As these groups haven't been rehearsing online, we will provide individual parts for all players in MYJO/Mallets.
We plan to resume a small number of in-person 1-1 lessons at the new Merton Abbey venue from January 2021. Capacity will be severely restricted. Priority will be given to existing online pupils and in order of application to our Waiting List.
We will update this page in the coming days with more information about 1-1 lessons at Music Centre.
We will continue to closely monitor guidelines from the government and Arts Council England with regards to to the safe delivery of band rehearsals for our Music Centre members.
We plan to to re-introduce regular in-person rehearsals for our Saturday morning and Wednesday evening groups in the Spring Term (from January 2021). Due to COVID protocols and staffing considerations, it will be necessary to make some adjustments to the timetabling of these groups - we will be updating this page with more information soon.
Thinking Ahead to January 2021
We also plan to resume our Wednesday and Saturday groups in-person from January, with some slight timetabling changes. We will update this page with more info shortly.