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 with a 15 minute break in the middle. 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 and out of copyright) for free from  This site has scores and separate instrumental parts for thousands of works which are out of copyright though you do need to check on the site whether they are out of copyright in the EU.  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. 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 2019-20 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. 


7.30 pm
St Thomas's Church
St Thomas Road
Essex CM14 4DF

David Pickthall MBE returns to conduct another concert of favourite film music.

The programme will include:

Star Wars Suite 
Raiders of the Lost Ark 
49th Parallel
James Bond: You Only Live Twice 
The Godfather
Ladies in Lavender
The Magnificent Seven
The Jungle Book
Cinema Paradiso
International Man of Mystery
North by Northwest
The Simpsons

Dates for 2020/2021 (the May date is to be confirmed with St Thomas's Church)

Saturday 10 October 2020 (first rehearsal Sunday 13 September)  THIS CONCERT IS CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR 2021
7.30 pm
St Thomas's Church
St Thomas Road
Essex CM14 4DF

Conductor         Bradley Winand
Cello                  Rachael Bull

Schubert            Overture to Rosamunde
Bruch                 Kol Nidrei        2 2 2 2; 4 2 3 0; Timps, Harp, Strings
Mahler               Symphony No 5    

7.30 pm
St Thomas's Church
St Thomas Road
Essex CM14 4DF

Conductor         Florian Cooper
Cello                 Elodie Chousmer-Howelles

Tchaikovsky        Nutcracker Suite
Glazunov             Violin Concerto 
Borodin                Symphony No 2

Elodie Chousmer-Howelles will be the soloist in Glazunov's violin concerto with Florian Cooper conducting. Elodie is from Chelmsford and was BBC Young Musician of the Year string finalist 2018 and Essex Young Musician of the Year and is a former leader of the National Youth Orchestra. 

Saturday 15 May 2021 - Date to be confirmed with St Thomas's (first rehearsal Tuesday 13 April).  Programme to be finalised.