The orchestra held a very successful weekend away this year (2020) on February 22 and 23 at Abingworth Hall, a delightful HF Holidays hotel at Thakeham, East Sussex at the foot of the South Downs (see pictures below). We spent the weekend playing through lots of music (Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale op 52; Excerpts from Elgar’s Intermezzi from Falstaff; Overture to HMS Pinafore; Dag Wiren: Serenade for Strings; and various light music decets for winds), and generally enjoying a weekend in the country.
These awaydays have been a highlight of the orchestra calendar since the beginning. Members play as an orchestra as well as in small ensembles and spend social time together. In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 the venue was Headley Park, a pleasant hotel in extensive grounds near Farnham in Hampshire. In 2015 the awayday moved to Chorleywood and then to Abingworth Hall in 2016.
Next year (2021) the orchestra hopes to go again to Abingworth (date to be arranged).
And here’s an article from the 2012 Richmond U3A newsletter about an away weekend from the orchestra’s early days.