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. 


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
Tuesday 5 May
Tuesday 12 May
Plus at St Thomas's Church at 2.00 pm on Sat 16 May 2020.
There is no rehearsal on the Sunday before the concert (10 May) because of the bank holiday weekend.

Afternoon Classics
with members of the BPO

Saturday 13 June 2020 
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. John Hawkins has kindly agreed to conduct a one hour concert of popular classics with tea and cakes afterwards.

The limited time for rehearsals limited the nature and scale of the works that it is sensible to programme and also the number of players.

Sullivan               Overture to Iolanthe
Gabrielli              Sonata Pian e Forte
Grieg                   March of the Trolls from Peer Gynt
Mendelssohn      Gondola Song
Bizet                   Carmen Suite: Prelude & Aragonaise, Intermezzo, Toreador Song 
Delibes                Prelude & Mazurka from Coppelia
Debussy              Clair de Lune
Rossini                Galop from William Tell

Rehearsals at BUCHS on Tuesday 19 May, Tuesday 2 June and Tuesday 9 June plus in St Thomas's late morning (time to be fixed) on the concert day Saturday 13 June.

Dates for 2020/2021 (the February and May dates are provisional and are to be confirmed with St Thomas's Church in early 2020)

Saturday 10 October 2020 (first rehearsal Sunday 13 September)
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     

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)