Latest Newsletter2018-09-18T15:09:16+00:00

The Latest FSOR Newsletter

Our courses usually run from Monday to Thursday except for Summer Half Terms. Because of the Bank Holiday Monday, we did a 3-Day Special for many years. We asked you how the 3-Day Special compares to the regular 4-Day programme. The overwhelming response was that you preferred 4-days. We listened, and Thomas Tallis School agreed to let us have Tuesday to Friday during the Summer Half Term. FSOR 83 is running at Thomas Tallis School from Tuesday, 29 May through Friday, 01 June. The FSOR83 register is open. Places are filling up, so please book soon if you want to attend.

For those of you who cannot do FSOR 83 and are waiting for FSOR 84 (Summer), the course runs from Monday – Thursday, 23-26 July 2018 at Tallis, and the booking form will open the evening of Monday, 29 May. Our Summer FSORs tend to sell out fast. Just so you know... 
FSOR82 is in the history books, having lit up the main stage at Tallis with 8 great bands 2 weeks ago.. The DVD is in production, the MiniGigs are already on YouTube and Facebook, and the still photos are due to go onto our Flickr link this week. If you haven’t placed your order for the DVD yet, it’s not too late, it’s just a little dearer than it would’ve been during the pre-order window at FSOR82. It’s £17, and you can order it here.
Several times each year, FSOR is invited to provide performers for local events and festivals. You have to be ‘on radar’ to be considered for this. We may have 1-2 slots at a couple of events coming up in June and July, and then again nearer to Christmas.  If you have a performance ready act looking for live gig experience that might be interested contact Baz. 
New laws protecting all of us online are kicking into gear on 25 May. All online users of emails and newsletters (our main concern) will have to ‘opt in’ to receive any information from FSOR, and have to ability to ‘opt out’ at anytime after having opted in. Confused? So are we! We will send you a newsletter in the next 4 weeks with an ‘opt in’ form for our newsletter. If you fill this out, you will continue to hear from us. If not, we will be destroying our current mailing list and you will no longer receive our newsletters unless and until you re-subscribe. You will always have an opt in possibility on our newsletter page, if you miss the window of opportunity to respond to our next newsletter. 

For the record, we do not share any mailing lists with any third parties. We do not identify FSOR students by name in relation to any FSOR courses or events. We do not tag photos online (and we block this function whenever technically possible). We only publish names of former students who are working professionally with their consent, or their parents consent in the case of minors. When you register your child for an FSOR event, you give consent for images and videos to be published online and in print, but not for individuals to be identified without expressed written consent. 
We have been tweaking our content management system for what feels like decades, but the light at the end of this tunnel is now within view. We are in the final testing stages and we are trying to integrate an online payment system and data protection compliance with all the business management system updates we had previously requested. You should be able to retrieve or reset your own FSOR account passwords, too! We’ll let you know when we are ‘live’.
Felix’s Rock Choir (adults!) is in it’s 12th year and sings at about 15-20 gigs/year. The choir sings loads of rock, pop & soul from the 1960s to the present, and averages 15-18 songs at every rehearsal. Blackheath Wanderers Sports Club is their Monday night home from 7:30-9:30pm, and any FSOR parents who have never tried it are welcome to join in at a free taster session any term time Monday night. The choir will be featured on a 2019 documentary film about a strike at the Technicolor Film Labs (just recorded). There are more choir details here.
Adults rock, too. We put out an APB in our last newsletter about resurrecting our adult FSOR, aka UNIofROCK. Mission one was to see how many of you are potentially interested. We were looking for about 25 adults who want to rock out. We’re in the low twenties… But we’re going to take it to the next stage with rehearsal studios and staff availability. Watch this space!!!
We are a music charity, and we raise funds to help with bursary places, equipment (acquisition/repair/replace), and staff compliance and development (DBS’s, first aid, health & safety, and child protection). Sponsorship helps subsidise a certain number of places for underprivileged
kids and keep costs down for full fee paying students. We’ve had fantastic contributions from:
Universal Music Group, The Co-op, Terry Allen (PWA International) and The Tommy Rocks Bursary FundDoes your company have CSR funding looking for a good home? There’s so much more to do! We are happy to talk to any families, friends and fans involved in organisations that have corporate responsibility funding available.
We hope to see you in person or online at an FSOR gig near you soon!

All the best,

The FSOR Team
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