Definitely Not The Symphony will definitely not greet cruise ships
Definitely Not The Symphony (DNTS) Director Jan Gomersall has announced her two year-old amateur orchestra is unlikely to entertain cruise ship passengers disembarking in the port here during the next season.
“After much deliberation with DNTS Manager Jenny Likely and other members of the orchestra,” said Ms Gomersall, “we decided against greeting tourists this year at the dock, primarily because no one has asked us to do so.” “We have also been made aware,” she said, “of safety concerns should a number of shipʼs passengers, upon hearing us playing at the bottom of the gangplank, choose to leap from the other side of the ship.”
Ms Likely, who took the initiative to form the little-known orchestra two years ago, confirmed that DNTS also will not be able to play in Torontoʼs Roy Thomson Hall during the summer of 2011.
“First,” she explained, “travel expenses would be very high and most of our musicians would not be able to take the necessary time from their other pursuits. And second, of course, we havenʼt been invited.”
Both manager and director stressed a need to recruit more amateur musicians into the fold, noting that DNTS now has 28 members and welcomes a sometimes bizarre collection of instruments not often associated with an orchestra.
According to Ms Likely, “Aside from the usual collection of trumpets, drums, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, oboes, piccolos, french horns, violins, cellos, keyboards and glockenspiels, we welcome recorders, guitars, accordions and what-have-you. These may be instruments which havenʼt had much exercise for some years, and they could be new, used or rented.”
Music Director Gomersall suggested that anyone who would like the experience of playing in an orchestra for fun would do well to choose DNTS, which asks its members for just a toonie per week for expenses.
“There is no pressure here,” she said, “because we have people at all levels and we use musical arrangements which are accessible to those with considerable experience as well as to those with practically none.” “Those interested,” she noted, “should be able to read a little bit of music—although some of our members still canʼt and we muddle on nicely—and it would be helpful if they can play an octave or so.”
“I might add,” she added, “we probably won’t be playing Confederation Centre this year, so thereʼs no pressure there either.”