"Didcot's new symphony orchestra"

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PLAYER INFORMATION

 CONCERT 2  REHEARSAL PLAN

Rehearsals before the concert day are in Didcot Baptist Church Centre (DBC) - see below. The rehearsal on the concert day, and the concert itself, are at Cornerstone.

Please note changes in rehearsal times from the previous concert.


Date Time Content Venue
Friday 5-10-181915-2145Full orchestra
1915 tbc
2030 break
2045 tbc
DBC Sanctuary
Saturday 6-10-181430-1700Violin 1 and 2 sectional with Kate and LouiseDBC Community Hall
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Viola sectional with HeatherDBC Waves
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Cello and double bass sectional with SpikeDBC Entrance Hall
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1545 breakDBC Community Hall
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1600 Full string sectional with GeoffDBC Community Hall
Sunday 7-10-181430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional with GeoffDBC Community Hall
Friday 12-10-181915-2145Full orchestra
1915 tbc
2030 break
2040 tbc
DBC Sanctuary

Sunday 14-10-181115-1345Final rehearsal
1115 tbc
1225 break
1235 tbc
Cornerstone
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Concert dress: Ladies - all black. Gents - black trousers and black shirt with no tie.

REPERTOIRE

Orchestration key: flute+picc, oboe+cor, clarinet+bass, bassoon - horn, trumpet+cornet, trombone, tuba - Timpani Percussion Harp. 2+1 means e.g. 2 oboes plus cor anglais. 3d1 means e.g. 3 flutes of which one doubles piccolo, etc.


Composer Piece (concert order) Sheet music Media
Coleridge-TaylorBallade in A minor, op 33
2222-4231-TP
piano conductorwatch
ElgarCello Concerto
2222-4231-T
score + partswatch
Victor Herbert Yesterthoughts (arr.Lynn Harrell)
strings only
piano originallisten

DvorakSymphony no 6 in D
2222-4231-T
score + partswatch

REHEARSAL VENUE

Didcot Baptist Church Centre
Community Hall
Didcot Baptist Church
43 Wantage Road
Didcot
OX11 0BS
PARKING: Approx 20 spaces in car park – please leave disabled space free. Street parking nearby in Manor Crescent (opposite to the north), Ernest Road (to the east, beyond Park Road roundabout) and Drake Avenue (to the west).
RAIL: 18 minutes walk from Didcot Parkway station. Cross at lights outside station, and turn right along Station Road. Then turn left up Haydon Road to its end. Turn right into Broadway, past Civic Hall and straight over roundabout by petrol station. Continue straight into Wantage Road.

PARTICIPATING

Didcot Concert Orchestra
Didcot Concert Orchestra is a high-quality amateur symphony orchestra. Participation in DCO is by invitation or audition. Recommendations of appropriate players are welcome. There is no fixed membership – players will be part of a pool, and may not be invited to play in every concert. This will allow flexibility to suit the different orchestrations of the repertoire, and to evolve the sound of the orchestra. Strings will be expected to rotate between desks from concert to concert, and violins between first and second violins. Professional players have been engaged to lead sectional rehearsals for the first and second violins, violas and cellos/basses. There will also be a wind sectional led by the conductor.

As a project orchestra, players meet for (usually) three rehearsals before each concert, plus a final rehearsal on the concert day, giving a Friday Saturday/Sunday Friday Sunday pattern. These days have been chosen to minimise rehearsal and concert clashes with other orchestras in a 20-mile radius. The number of rehearsals for each concert may vary depending on the difficulty of repertoire and the overall standard of players it proves possible to attract.

A distinguishing feature of DCO is the inclusion of a piece of unfamiliar repertoire in each concert. For experienced musicians who may be familiar with the mainstream concert repertoire, DCO offers the opportunity to experience something new by exploring and performing a neglected gem.

We believe that the expansion of Didcot may have already brought to the area players who are not yet known in the amateur orchestral circuit. So we are particularly keen to hear from advanced players (e.g. music performance degree) who live or work in the Didcot area. If you would be interested in being considered for future concerts, please contact us.

FUTURE CONCERTS AND REHEARSALS

Although participation in each concert is by invitation, players might like to be aware of future fixed concert dates and provisional rehearsal dates.

 Concert 3  Sunday 3 March 2019

Date Time Content
Friday 8-2-191915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 9-2-191430-1700String sectional
Sunday 10-2-191430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional
Gap to keep rehearsals clear of both half term weekends
Friday 1-3-191915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 3-3-191115-1345Final rehearsal
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 Concert 4  Sunday 9 June 2019

Date Time Content
Friday 17-5-191915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 18-5-191430-1700String sectional
Sunday 19-5-191430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional
Gap to keep rehearsals clear of both half term weekends
Friday 7-6-191915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 9-6-191115-1345Final rehearsal
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 Concert 5  Sunday 6 October 2019

Date Time Content
Friday 27-9-191915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 28-9-191430-1700String sectional
Sunday 29-9-191430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional
Friday 4-10-191915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 6-10-191115-1345Final rehearsal
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CONTACT

Conductor & Musical Director
Geoff Bushell
Didcot, Oxfordshire
01235 818848
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Geoff Bushell, Conductor and Musical Director, Didcot Concert Orchestra