Rehearsal Schedule and Scoring

Please see below for the scoring of works and for the BPO rehearsal schedule.  All BPO rehearsals are at the Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Queens’ Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4EX unless otherwise specified.  Tuesday rehearsals are 7.45-9.45 pm and Sunday rehearsals are 2.30-5.00 pm.  The rehearsals are for full orchestra unless otherwise specified. There is a final rehearsal for the whole orchestra on the day of the concert at the venue of the concert.

Please note that, except for May's film music concert, the concert dress for BPO concerts is black shirts and trousers (no dinner jackets or bow ties) for men and all black for women.

For the May film music concert, please wear a coloured top of one (preferably bright) colour - not patterned.  You may wish to discuss with your desk partner to avoid clashes!
Hard copies of the music (with the string parts bowed) will be available at the first rehearsal for the relevant concert if not distributed at the final rehearsal of the previous concert. In order to prepare for the rehearsals you may however wish to download your part (where available) for free from  This site has scores and separate instrumental parts for thousands of works which are out of copyright.   Leonard Bernstein's marked scores and parts for many works are available for study on Can be useful for fingerings in the string parts.

Please bring a music stand to rehearsals and to the concert as BUCHS no longer provides them. Free car parking is available for players and, on the concert day, for audience at the Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School.  

The BPO's annual subscription for players for the 2018-19 season is £72 with single concert subscriptions of £24 per concert (with concessions half price). For UK tax payers, subscriptions are eligible for GiftAid (please complete a GiftAid declaration for BPO if you haven't already done so and give it to our treasurer). New players do not pay for their first concert with the BPO. 

Saturday 12 October 2019 at St Thomas's Church 

Conductor    Bradley Winand
Violin            Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones
Cello             Veronica Henderson

Beethoven     Coriolan Overture   2 2 2 2; 2 2 0 0; Timps; Strings
Brahms          Concerto for Violin & Cello  2 2 2 2; 4 2 0 0; Timps; Strings
Beethoven     Symphony No 3 (Eroica) 2 2 2 2; 3 2 0 0; Timps; Strings

Rehearsals at BUCHS (except as otherwise specified) on: 
Sunday 15 September 
Tuesday 17 September 
Sunday 22 September (strings only)
Tuesday 24 September (strings only - Little Warley & Childerditch Village Hall)
Sunday 29 September (with soloists)
Tuesday 1 October
Sunday 6 October (with soloists)
Tuesday 8 October

and in St Thomas's Church at 2.00pm on Saturday 12 October The Ursuline car park will be available in the evening for the concert but not during the afternoon because of another event at the Ursuline.

Saturday 8 February 2020
7.30 pm 
St Thomas's Church

        Florian Cooper
Cello               Alex Lockyer

Sibelius           Spring Song   2+1; 2 2 2; 4 2 3 1; Timps, Glock, Strings
Haydn             Cello Concerto in C  0 2 0 0; 2 0 0 0; Strings
Rachmaninov  Symphonic Dances 2+1 2+1 2+1 2+1 AltoSax;4 3 3 1; Timps;Side drum, Triangle, Cymbals, Chimes, Xyl/Glock; Piano, Harp, Strings

Saturday 16 May 2020
7.30 pm
St Thomas's Church

David Pickthall MBE returns to conduct another concert of favourite film music.
Rehearsals at BUCHS on:
Tuesday 21 April
Sunday 26 April
Tuesday 28 April
Tuesday 5 May
Sunday 10 May
Tuesday 12 May
Plus at St Thomas's Church at 2.00 pm on Sat 16 May 2020.

Provisional dates for 2020/2021
Saturday 10 October 2020 (first rehearsal Sun 13 September)

Saturday 6 February 2021 (first rehearsal Sunday 10 January). BBC Young Musician of the Year string finalist 2018 and Essex Young Musician of the Year from Chelmsford, Elodie Chousmer-Howelles, will be the soloist in Glazunov's violin concerto with Florian Cooper conducting.

Saturday 22 May 2021 (first rehearsal Tuesday 20 April)