Community violin group premieres Walthamstow symphony

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Community violin group, Strung Out, premieres Symphony of Walthamstow at Stow Festival with Walthamstow Acoustic Massive Community violin group, Strung Out, premieres Symphony of Walthamstow at Stow Festival with Walthamstow Acoustic Massive

A community violin group performed a symphony inspired by Walthamstow for the first time at the Stow Festival on Saturday.

‘Strung Out’, led by conductor and symphony composer, Alison Jones, joined the Walthamstow Acoustic Massive for the performance of a symphony inspired by living and working in Walthamstow.

More than 50 singers and players performed the new symphony in the town square in Walthamstow on Saturday.

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6:55pm Mon 9 Sep 13

Techno3 says...

It is never good when a local paper can't spell the name of one of the areas it reports on, as in the headline to this story. 'Walthamstow', please, not 'Waltamstow'.
It is never good when a local paper can't spell the name of one of the areas it reports on, as in the headline to this story. 'Walthamstow', please, not 'Waltamstow'. Techno3
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10:55am Tue 10 Sep 13

Walthamster says...

Good to hear yet more Walthamstow talent.
Good to hear yet more Walthamstow talent. Walthamster
  • Score: 4

11:23am Tue 10 Sep 13

Billy Yerache says...

Walthamster wrote:
Good to hear yet more Walthamstow talent.
Rather than the usual crime stories yes.
[quote][p][bold]Walthamster[/bold] wrote: Good to hear yet more Walthamstow talent.[/p][/quote]Rather than the usual crime stories yes. Billy Yerache
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2:05pm Tue 10 Sep 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Billy Yerache wrote:
Walthamster wrote:
Good to hear yet more Walthamstow talent.
Rather than the usual crime stories yes.
...which has more to do with shortage of reporters - experienced reporters with good local contacts - than with the levels of crime in the borough.

Crime stores are quick and easy to produce. This version of a good news story is straight out of a press release. Where is the interview with the composer? What did the musicians and the audience think about it? When was the group formed and where is it based? What else was on the bill at he Stow Festival?

Where are the investigative reports that the Guardian used to be noted for? What decisions are bing taken by our council that affect all our lives? And when garnered from a press release, what are the opposition and alternative views? What are we told about the Woodside Area Action Plan that was the subject of a thorny meeting last night - and fr that matter, the Blackhorse Road AAP, the High Street AAP and so on? Whatever happened to the final report on all the asbestos that closed the new St Mary's School in Brooke Road for a whole year - and did anyone lose his/her job for failing to spot it while the building was occupied by other schools?

And those are just a few examples of what we are not getting from the Guardian.
[quote][p][bold]Billy Yerache[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walthamster[/bold] wrote: Good to hear yet more Walthamstow talent.[/p][/quote]Rather than the usual crime stories yes.[/p][/quote]...which has more to do with shortage of reporters - experienced reporters with good local contacts - than with the levels of crime in the borough. Crime stores are quick and easy to produce. This version of a good news story is straight out of a press release. Where is the interview with the composer? What did the musicians and the audience think about it? When was the group formed and where is it based? What else was on the bill at he Stow Festival? Where are the investigative reports that the Guardian used to be noted for? What decisions are bing taken by our council that affect all our lives? And when garnered from a press release, what are the opposition and alternative views? What are we told about the Woodside Area Action Plan that was the subject of a thorny meeting last night - and fr that matter, the Blackhorse Road AAP, the High Street AAP and so on? Whatever happened to the final report on all the asbestos that closed the new St Mary's School in Brooke Road for a whole year - and did anyone lose his/her job for failing to spot it while the building was occupied by other schools? And those are just a few examples of what we are not getting from the Guardian. Helen, Walthamstow
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3:02pm Tue 10 Sep 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Sorry - I meant the Wood Street Area Action Plan. Blasted spell checker!
Sorry - I meant the Wood Street Area Action Plan. Blasted spell checker! Helen, Walthamstow
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6:16pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Tom Thumb says...

Nick Davies's book Flat Earth News is very good on what has happened to contemporary journalism.
There are fewer and fewer journalists and more and more press officers. Spin doctors now ountnumber reporters.
Investigative journalism has withered, to the enormous benefit of the powerful and the corrupt.
Press releases increasingly replace original reporting. This doesn't happen just at a local level. The BBC has an appalling record of recycling "news" from vested interests.
Sadly, the internet has destroyed newspapers, which have cut their own throats by putting their content online free.
It's a great shame that this local newspaper is now a very pale shadow of what it once was.
The paucity of reporting benefits the council, which increasingly has a monopoly on information via its massively subsidised fortnightly propaganda rag.
Nick Davies's book Flat Earth News is very good on what has happened to contemporary journalism. There are fewer and fewer journalists and more and more press officers. Spin doctors now ountnumber reporters. Investigative journalism has withered, to the enormous benefit of the powerful and the corrupt. Press releases increasingly replace original reporting. This doesn't happen just at a local level. The BBC has an appalling record of recycling "news" from vested interests. Sadly, the internet has destroyed newspapers, which have cut their own throats by putting their content online free. It's a great shame that this local newspaper is now a very pale shadow of what it once was. The paucity of reporting benefits the council, which increasingly has a monopoly on information via its massively subsidised fortnightly propaganda rag. Tom Thumb
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6:18pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Tom Thumb says...

I hope this symphony was as good as Grayson Perry's Walthamstow Tapestry, with its vomiting drunks.
'Strung Out' sounds a good title. Lots of dissonance and shirkeing violins I hope.
I hope this symphony was as good as Grayson Perry's Walthamstow Tapestry, with its vomiting drunks. 'Strung Out' sounds a good title. Lots of dissonance and shirkeing violins I hope. Tom Thumb
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Walthamster says...

Don't blame the newspaper, people. The WF Guardian has supported a lot of local campaigns over the years and is still the main source of information about what our lousy council gets up to. The comment section on online news stories allows knowledgeable local activists to give further information.

But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've lots much of their income from advertising. That's partly because of the endless recession, partly because all traditional media have been hit by competition from the Internet.

In Waltham Forest, it's also because, though councils are legally obliged to publish official notices eg planning applications in the local press, Waltham Forest council puts them in its propaganda freesheet instead.

Local newspaper budgets have shrunk so much that one reporter has responsibility for an area previously covered by four to six staff. So don't blame them for not being superhuman! (And no, I don't work for a newspaper! But I do appreciate what they do for local campaigns.)
Don't blame the newspaper, people. The WF Guardian has supported a lot of local campaigns over the years and is still the main source of information about what our lousy council gets up to. The comment section on online news stories allows knowledgeable local activists to give further information. But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've lots much of their income from advertising. That's partly because of the endless recession, partly because all traditional media have been hit by competition from the Internet. In Waltham Forest, it's also because, though councils are legally obliged to publish official notices eg planning applications in the local press, Waltham Forest council puts them in its propaganda freesheet instead. Local newspaper budgets have shrunk so much that one reporter has responsibility for an area previously covered by four to six staff. So don't blame them for not being superhuman! (And no, I don't work for a newspaper! But I do appreciate what they do for local campaigns.) Walthamster
  • Score: -1

6:36pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Walthamster says...

Walthamster wrote:
Don't blame the newspaper, people. The WF Guardian has supported a lot of local campaigns over the years and is still the main source of information about what our lousy council gets up to. The comment section on online news stories allows knowledgeable local activists to give further information.

But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've lots much of their income from advertising. That's partly because of the endless recession, partly because all traditional media have been hit by competition from the Internet.

In Waltham Forest, it's also because, though councils are legally obliged to publish official notices eg planning applications in the local press, Waltham Forest council puts them in its propaganda freesheet instead.

Local newspaper budgets have shrunk so much that one reporter has responsibility for an area previously covered by four to six staff. So don't blame them for not being superhuman! (And no, I don't work for a newspaper! But I do appreciate what they do for local campaigns.)
ooops: But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've LOST much of their income from advertising
[quote][p][bold]Walthamster[/bold] wrote: Don't blame the newspaper, people. The WF Guardian has supported a lot of local campaigns over the years and is still the main source of information about what our lousy council gets up to. The comment section on online news stories allows knowledgeable local activists to give further information. But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've lots much of their income from advertising. That's partly because of the endless recession, partly because all traditional media have been hit by competition from the Internet. In Waltham Forest, it's also because, though councils are legally obliged to publish official notices eg planning applications in the local press, Waltham Forest council puts them in its propaganda freesheet instead. Local newspaper budgets have shrunk so much that one reporter has responsibility for an area previously covered by four to six staff. So don't blame them for not being superhuman! (And no, I don't work for a newspaper! But I do appreciate what they do for local campaigns.)[/p][/quote]ooops: But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've LOST much of their income from advertising Walthamster
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7:20pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Last year Newsquest, the owners of this newspaper, made an operating profit of £58 million. Newsquest is the UK arm of the American media giant Gannett.

There's money in them thar hills, it just doesn't go in to staff and a quality local newspaper sold at a sensible price.

I don't blame the reporters, Walthamster. But I also don't kid myself that this still a campaigning newspaper or that its reports on our local council are anything but rehashes of press releases or stories they were spoonfed from other sources.
Last year Newsquest, the owners of this newspaper, made an operating profit of £58 million. Newsquest is the UK arm of the American media giant Gannett. There's money in them thar hills, it just doesn't go in to staff and a quality local newspaper sold at a sensible price. I don't blame the reporters, Walthamster. But I also don't kid myself that this still a campaigning newspaper or that its reports on our local council are anything but rehashes of press releases or stories they were spoonfed from other sources. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 4

8:02pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Walthamster says...

Helen, I certainly depend on this newspaper to find out what this council is getting away with.
Where else would we read this?:

"Over 500 student flats, nearly 500 private rental units and over 1000sqm of commercial office space will be part of the new “urban village” in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow.
...The amount of people living on the site far exceeds the amount set down in the London plan, a planning blue-print for the city, which could lead to local services being overwhelmed.
.... In an astonishing administrative error, committee members had not received the relevant documents until the start of the meeting, leaving members ill equipped to make an informed decision."
http://www.guardian-
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news/10668983.New_de
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Helen, I certainly depend on this newspaper to find out what this council is getting away with. Where else would we read this?: "Over 500 student flats, nearly 500 private rental units and over 1000sqm of commercial office space will be part of the new “urban village” in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow. ...The amount of people living on the site far exceeds the amount set down in the London plan, a planning blue-print for the city, which could lead to local services being overwhelmed. .... In an astonishing administrative error, committee members had not received the relevant documents until the start of the meeting, leaving members ill equipped to make an informed decision." http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/wf news/10668983.New_de velopment_to_accommo date_over_500_studen ts/ Walthamster
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10:45pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

That report has been removed, Walthamster - presumably to be revised, since it was obviously a rehash of a Conservative press release. If the reporter had been at the planning meeting, as would have been the case in the past, the report would have at least had some balance.
That report has been removed, Walthamster - presumably to be revised, since it was obviously a rehash of a Conservative press release. If the reporter had been at the planning meeting, as would have been the case in the past, the report would have at least had some balance. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 3

12:04pm Thu 12 Sep 13

mdj says...

'.. Waltham Forest council puts them in its propaganda freesheet instead...'
They don't even do that, Walthamster. WF News is not even a newspaper in legal terms, and the council has ignored the law for years.
What their (our) liability would be if an aggrieved party sued for loss caused by an unadvertised development may be imagined.

It's sad to see a trusted local paper become hollowed-out in this way, but the question for us is whether essential local news gets circulated via other means. The publishing group may think that it has a safe monopolistic niche that will not suffer if service is reduced; if so, they are being complacent. We seem to be in the early, rather chaotic and uncertain, days of a revival of grassroots networks, judging by the growth of local-interest google groups, websites and Facebook pages. It's a very different phenomenon from a 'paper of record', but there are some reasons for optimism. The next step is to discover whether would-be journalists can carve a living out of this on-line culture, which is essential if consistency of coverage is to be maintained.
'.. Waltham Forest council puts them in its propaganda freesheet instead...' They don't even do that, Walthamster. WF News is not even a newspaper in legal terms, and the council has ignored the law for years. What their (our) liability would be if an aggrieved party sued for loss caused by an unadvertised development may be imagined. It's sad to see a trusted local paper become hollowed-out in this way, but the question for us is whether essential local news gets circulated via other means. The publishing group may think that it has a safe monopolistic niche that will not suffer if service is reduced; if so, they are being complacent. We seem to be in the early, rather chaotic and uncertain, days of a revival of grassroots networks, judging by the growth of local-interest google groups, websites and Facebook pages. It's a very different phenomenon from a 'paper of record', but there are some reasons for optimism. The next step is to discover whether would-be journalists can carve a living out of this on-line culture, which is essential if consistency of coverage is to be maintained. mdj
  • Score: 4

3:48pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Billy Yerache says...

Walthamster wrote:
Walthamster wrote:
Don't blame the newspaper, people. The WF Guardian has supported a lot of local campaigns over the years and is still the main source of information about what our lousy council gets up to. The comment section on online news stories allows knowledgeable local activists to give further information.

But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've lots much of their income from advertising. That's partly because of the endless recession, partly because all traditional media have been hit by competition from the Internet.

In Waltham Forest, it's also because, though councils are legally obliged to publish official notices eg planning applications in the local press, Waltham Forest council puts them in its propaganda freesheet instead.

Local newspaper budgets have shrunk so much that one reporter has responsibility for an area previously covered by four to six staff. So don't blame them for not being superhuman! (And no, I don't work for a newspaper! But I do appreciate what they do for local campaigns.)
ooops: But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've LOST much of their income from advertising
They seem to promote every private event free of charge when before the internet private entities would have to place an expensive advert.
[quote][p][bold]Walthamster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walthamster[/bold] wrote: Don't blame the newspaper, people. The WF Guardian has supported a lot of local campaigns over the years and is still the main source of information about what our lousy council gets up to. The comment section on online news stories allows knowledgeable local activists to give further information. But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've lots much of their income from advertising. That's partly because of the endless recession, partly because all traditional media have been hit by competition from the Internet. In Waltham Forest, it's also because, though councils are legally obliged to publish official notices eg planning applications in the local press, Waltham Forest council puts them in its propaganda freesheet instead. Local newspaper budgets have shrunk so much that one reporter has responsibility for an area previously covered by four to six staff. So don't blame them for not being superhuman! (And no, I don't work for a newspaper! But I do appreciate what they do for local campaigns.)[/p][/quote]ooops: But it's done on a tiny budget, because they've LOST much of their income from advertising[/p][/quote]They seem to promote every private event free of charge when before the internet private entities would have to place an expensive advert. Billy Yerache
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