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.  Normally, 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. For the October concert this time the rehearsals will be shorter and without a break. Please see below. 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.

We will probably have shorter rehearsals without a break when we resume in September 2021 in order to help protect everyone. 

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 UK (same rules as for 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 was £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 9 October 2021
7.30 pm
St Thomas's Church
St Thomas Road
Essex CM14 4DF

Conductor         Bradley Winand

Grieg                 Holberg Suite    (Strings only)
Mahler               Adagietto from Symphony No 5  (Strings and harp)
Schubert            Symphony No 5 (1 2 0 2; 2 0 0 0)

We will have shorter rehearsals than normal without a formal break.  Sundays will be 2.30-4.00.  Tuesdays will be 7.45-9.15.  We will not be providing refreshments.

Sunday 12 September
Tuesday 14 September
Sunday 19 September
Tuesday 21 September
Sunday 26 September
Tuesday 28 September
Sunday 3 October
Tuesday 5 October
and at 2.00 pm on the concert day, Saturday 9 October 

Saturday 5 February 2022 
7.30 pm
St Thomas's Church
St Thomas Road
Essex CM14 4DF

Conductor         Florian Cooper
Violin                Elodie Chousmer-Howelles

Tchaikovsky        Nutcracker Suite   3+1 2+1 2+1 2; 4 2 3 1; Str; Timp Triangle Cymbals, Tambourine Glock Harp Celeste 
Glazunov             Violin Concerto    2+1 2 2 2; 4 2 3  0; Strings; Timp Glock Triangle Cymbals Harp
Borodin               Symphony No 2    2+1 2(1 doubling cor) 2 2; 4 2 3 1; Strings Timp Tambourine Triangle Bass Drum/Cymbal Harp

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. 

We hope that we shall be able to use this size of orchestra!

Sunday 9 January
Tuesday 11 January
Sunday 16 January
Tuesday 18 January
Sunday 23 January
Tuesday 25 January
Sunday 30 January
Tuesday 1 February
and at 2.00 pm on the concert day, Saturday 5 February

Saturday 21 May 2022
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 is to be finalised but may 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

Sunday 24 April
Tuesday 26 April
NO REHEARSAL ON SUNDAY 1 MAY (Public holiday weekend) 
Tuesday 3 May
Sunday 8 May
Tuesday 10 May
Sunday 15 May
Tuesday 17 May
and at 2.00 pm on the concert day, Saturday 21 May