This is the second rehearsal for an exciting community music project organised by the municipality of Arganil: Orquestra Comunitária Somos 14. We made good progress at the first rehearsal, on April 14, and look forward to more musicians and singers joining us as the project moves forward.
The idea developed out of a community concert, "Nós 19", in January for the whole of Coimbra district. Many of you may have heard of it; some took part. Anyone who did participate knows what a transforming experience it was. You can view the streamed video of that concert here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGZktlPp1zE&fbclid=IwAR2871WBhidUACYrh4vy4bQxf1lTPu4AWJAxn1X8LnUD11tsZUJHnwkysPY.
This is not a normal orchestra. No experience is necessary; enthusiasm is the name of the game. We will be improvising and adapting until the last moment. You don't even need to come to all the rehearsals – or any of them for that matter. The most important thing is to take part in some way. It's going to be a lot of fun for musicians and singers of all abilities.
So if you love to sing or make music, come along to find out what it's all about. Bring your friends; spread the word; tell your neighbours. The more the merrier! We are particularly hoping for more Portuguese participants representing the various freguesias of Arganil Municipality. This rehearsal will be at the Casa do Povo in Barril do Alva, which is just behind the big philharmonia hall in the village. Starting at 14:30. Languages used will be Portuguese and English.
Further rehearsals will be on the second and fourth Sundays of May, and June with a final practice on June 28th before the live performance on June 29th (at 21:30 in Arganil).