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) 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. 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. 


Saturday 8 February 2020
7.30 pm 
St Thomas's Church
St Thomas Road
Essex CM14 4DF

        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

Given the complexity of the Rachmaninov we will have separate wind/brass rehearsals at the same time as the string rehearsals.  They will also be at BUCHS.

Rehearsals at BUCHS on:
Tues 4 Feb
Plus at St Thomas's Church at 2.00 pm on Sat 8 Feb

We are delighted to welcome the young local cellist Alex Lockyer as soloist in Haydn's effervescent concerto. The great cellist Steven Isserlis has written "I have probably played Haydn's C major concerto more than any other concerto; but each time I do I'm still so delighted by Haydn's joy, his freshness, his mastery and perfection. And the jokes still make me laugh."  

The other main work is Rachmaninov's final orchestral work, his Symphonic Dances.  A great orchestral showpiece it is packed with with Russian melodies and lush harmonies.  

Saturday 16 May 2020
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 under discussion.
Rehearsals at BUCHS on:
Tuesday 21 April
Sunday 26 April
Tuesday 28 April
[Sunday 3 May TBC*]
Tuesday 5 May
Tuesday 12 May
Plus at St Thomas's Church at 2.00 pm on Sat 16 May 2020.

* Following the change in the date of the May Day bank holiday from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May, we are checking with BUCHS that 3 May will now be available and that Sunday 10 May will not now be available.

Possible chamber orchestra concert
Saturday ?? June 2020 (date subject to agreement with St Thomas's Church)
3.00 pm
St Thomas's Church
St Thomas Road
Essex CM14 4DF

Following the success of this year's afternoon concert which attracted a new and enthusiastic audience, feedback has been that we should do another one next year. 

The limited time for rehearsals (probably a maximum of four for which attendance would have to be 100%) tends to limit the nature and scale of the works that it is sensible to programme and also the number of players. Some of you have already made suggestions.  Please let a committee member have your thoughts.

Provisional dates for 2020/2021 (to be confirmed with St Thomas's Church)
Saturday 10 October 2020 (first rehearsal Sun 13 September)

Saturday 6 February 2021 (first rehearsal Sunday 10 January).  Elodie Chousmer-Howelles will be the soloist in Glazunov's violin concerto with Florian Cooper conducting.  We currently hope to combine this with Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet Suites. 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 22 May 2021 (first rehearsal Tuesday 20 April)