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 the January "Music for the New Year" 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 January "Music for the New Year" 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 will be available at the first rehearsal for the relevant concert.  In order to prepare for the rehearsals you may however wish to download your part for free from  This site has scores and separate instrumental parts for thousands of works which are out of copyright.  It has all the music for the May concert. Leonard Bernstein's marked scores and parts for many works are available for study on Can be useful for fingerings in the string parts.

Concert on Saturday 10 February 2018
7.30 p.m.
St Thomas' Church
St Thomas Road
Brentwood CM14 4DF

Conductor    Brian Lynn
Leader         Charles Clark

Charles Ives    Variations on "America" 3 (2&3 double piccolo) 2 2 2; 4 3 3 1; Timp Percussion (3 or 4 players): Snare, Bass drum, Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Castanets, Tambourine, Bells, Xylophone, Strings
Morton Gould   Pavane
Gershwin         Walking the Dog
Copland           Billy the Kid Suite    2 2 2 2; 4 3 3 1; T P Harp Piano Str
Bernstein         West Side Story Symphonic Dances  2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 4 clarinets (E flat, 2 B flat, bass in B flat), Alto sax, 2 bassoons, contra, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in B flat (1st doubling trumpet in D), 3 trombones, tuba, timps, 4 percussion, harp, piano/celeste, strings

Rehearsals at BUCHS on Sunday 7 January, Tuesday 16 Jan, Sunday 21 Jan (strings only), Tuesday 23 Jan (strings only), Sunday 28 Jan, Tuesday 30 Jan, Sunday 4 February, Tuesday 6 February and in St Thomas's Church at 2.00 p.m. on the concert day, Saturday 10 February.

We have arranged for free car parking for players and audience in the BUCHS car park on the day of the concert, both for the rehearsal and the concert.

Concert on Saturday 19 May 2018
7.30 pm
St Thomas' Church
St Thomas Road
Brentwood CM14 4DF

Conductor      Dominic Grier
Cello              Thomas Isaac
Leader           Charles Clark

Borodin         Overture, Prince Igor  2+1 2 2 2; 4 2 3 1; T Str 
Dvorak          Cello Concerto  2 2 2 2; 3 2 3 1; T Str
Brahms         Symphony No 4 2/1 2 2 2+1; 4 2 3 0; T Str

Rehearsals at BUCHS on Tuesday 17 April, Sunday 22 April, Tuesday 24 April (strings only), Sunday 29 April (strings only), Tuesday 1 May, Tuesday 8 May, Sunday 13 May, Tuesday 15 May and in St Thomas's Church at 2.00pm on the concert day, Saturday 19 May.

There will be no rehearsal on Sunday 6 May because of the bank holiday weekend.