|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.|
|Friday 5-10-18||1915-2145||Full orchestra|
|Saturday 6-10-18||1430-1700||Violin 1 and 2 sectional with Kate and Louise||DBC Community Hall|
|Viola sectional with Heather||DBC Waves|
|Cello and double bass sectional with Spike||DBC Entrance Hall|
|1545 break||DBC Community Hall|
|1600 Full string sectional with Geoff||DBC Community Hall|
|Sunday 7-10-18||1430-1700||Wind sectional with Geoff|
|DBC Community Hall|
|Friday 12-10-18||1915-2145||Full orchestra|
|Sunday 11-2-18||1130-1400||Final rehearsal|
|Concert dress: Ladies - all black. Gents - black trousers and black shirt with no tie.|
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.
Note: Some original cornet and bassoon3+4 parts have been cued in other parts.
|Composer||Piece (concert order)||Sheet music||Media|
|Coleridge-Taylor||Ballade in A minor, op 33|
|score + parts||watch||Victor Herbert||Yesterthoughts (arr.Lynn Harrell)|
|Dvorak||Symphony no 6 in D|
|score + parts||watch|
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.