I hope this newsletter finds you well.
We’ve had a really busy few months and so I am very pleased to report a few updates on what we are currently working on in Dalcroze UK. We are committed to expanding and developing our training programmes and courses as we grow and develop as a charity to serve you, our Members.
More Members than ever are now engaged in debate on our Facebook Page and Private Facebook Group, are coming to the Spring and Summer courses, are enrolled on training courses and are logging on and contributing to the wonderful Zoom Café networking and CPD sessions. Thank you all for your continued support.
2023 International Summer School
This summer is already very busy with other Dalcroze events, including the Sixth International Conference in Dalcroze Studies in Pittsburgh, however, circumstances have also changed here and very sadly we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our 2023 International Summer School. We have not taken this decision lightly but we know, of course, that despite early interest, we cannot guarantee a minimum number of participants. Having discussed this, we believe that small numbers do not give participants the best Dalcroze experience and consequently feel that this is in the best interests of everyone at this time of financial difficulty for many.
To ensure that we support those training with us first, we have re-arranged the planned examinations and contacted all those who had already booked to refund their fees and discuss the best way for each to take their Dalcroze studies further. We will now turn to planning our Summer series of Zoom Cafes, with intensive courses and Discover Dalcroze Days to commence in the Autumn.
This year we are delighted to have recruited another new trustee, this time in the role of treasurer.
Fiona Weir is a former accountant who now uses her professional skills for the benefit of the charity sector. Her previous role was at Growing Well, which is a mental health charity located on an organic farm in Cumbria. She has been co-opted by the Board as our new Treasurer and we are looking forward to working closely with her as we seek to ensure that we have the financial foundations and income generation strategy to grow and develop our services.
The Dalcroze UK AGM was held on 20th March via Zoom with a strong attendance from trustees and Members. It was lovely to see everyone virtually. The new trustees were welcomed and voted in, and we received the financial reports and heard plans from the Director of Studies and Director of Projects, Karin Greenhead and Jacqueline Vann, for the coming year.
Intensive Training Courses 2022-23
We have been running a new Foundation course at our Croydon base this year, as well as a second track of students who are studying weekly in West London. The Croydon students are meeting for one weekend a month, while the London-based students have classes every Monday evening. The students are due to complete their exams during May.
The Licence course has also continued into its second year at Croydon and will remain there for its third and final year during 2023 – 24. The students on this course are starting to complete their written work and to take their personal practical exams.
Please contact Sandi at email@example.com if you are interested in completing training at Intermediate level or if you are interested in joining the new Foundation course next year.