Sydney Playing Days 2024

Dates for Sydney playing days are listed below. Note that the March, May and September dates are provisional at this time and venues are yet to be confirmed.

 

Date Venue Status Registration due
28 January In Homes Confirmed 14 January
24 March Barker College, Waitara Confirmed 10 March
19 May TBA   5 May
13 - 14 July Wollongong Conservatorium Confirmed 30 June
15 September TBA   1 September

 

Note about Self-Organised Groups

Enrolment

Please enrol here:   Members Area

Self-Grading: Please check here using the Interactive Self-Grader.

Cancellation

Players who do not turn up will inconvenience the other players in the group, in some cases making that group unworkable. It is, therefore, essential to inform Ian Butler on 0423 293 728 before the playing day of any unavoidable absences so that the committee can provide alternative solutions.

Timetable

9.30-9.50am Player Registration
9.50-10.00am Briefing
10.00-12.00pm First Playing Session
12.00-1.00pm Lunch
1.00-2.30pm Second Playing Session
2.30-3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.00-4.30pm Third Playing Session

What to Bring

  • All instruments (except pianos) that you have specified on the enrolment form.
  • Music stand (pianists excepted)
  • Music which you intend to play if you are organising a group
  • Picnic lunch and tea mug.

What to do Before each Session

Before each session, please check the playing list to see:

  1. If any changes in groups have occurred.
  2. If you are designated to get the music for the group from the ACMS or other library. (Make sure that it is returned promptly after the session so that groups in the next session can use it.)
  3. If you are designated to check that the room is returned to its original condition after the playing session. This is an important task to ensure the ongoing use of our playing venues.

Tutoring

Tutoring is available at playing days. Inexperienced or timid players will be looked after and those attending for the first time will be made to feel welcome. Please tick the appropriate box on the Enrolment Form to request tutoring.

Details of Venues

  • Pymble Ladies College (PLC): Avon Road Pymble

    Close to Pymble Railway Station. The music building is located on the city side of the quadrangle. If travelling by car, enter via Gate 3 on Avon Road, park in the car parkand walk through to the Music Centre.

    Pymble Ladies College Map

  • Barker College, The Avenue (off Unwin Street), Waitara. NB The Avenue is blocked off for vehicles at the moment while construction work is happening. Park in Unwin Street and walk in.

    Barker College School Map

  • Abbotsleigh School, Pacific Highway, Wahroonga
    Free parking is available in Ada Avenue. For players with limited mobility, the Forum can have direct access from the senior management carpark (gate 2 off Ada Avenue). There is also one disabled parking space in this small carpark. There is one step into the Forum and Lecture Theatre.

    Abbotsleigh School Map

  • Wollongong Conservatorium of Music,  Gleniffer Brae,  near corner Murphys Ave & Robinson Rd, Keiraville NSW 2500

There is parking in the Conservatorium car park and in the street.

Map

  • In-Home Playing Days

The basic idea is that players meet in members homes rather than at a single venue.

We have two sessions, 10 - 12 and 2 - 4 so there is time for lunch and to move between venues if needed. Some will need to change locations while others may be able to stay at the same location for both sessions.

Players enrol as usual. They are asked additional questions: Are you willing to host a group, do you have a piano, what size group can you accommodate.

Groups are then assigned with at an attempt to keep travel to reasonable limits based on locations of hosts. For players outside Sydney, they may need to travel from some distance to be participate but we will attempt to minimise travel between sessions.

Players who are travelling by public transport need to indicate this in their enrolment form so that it can be considered in assigning them to groups. Once the groups are formed they may find people in the group who can provide a lift, at least to some sensible public transport point.