Info for Players

We usually rehearse on Tuesdays 7.45-9.45 pm and Sundays 2.30-5.00 pm with a 15 minute break, plus on the concert day at the concert venue. The rehearsal schedule is below. Rehearsals are for full orchestra unless otherwise specified.


Future Concerts

Saturday 15 October 2022


Bishops Hill Adult Community College
Rayleigh Road

Essex CM13 1BD
Rehearsals and concert will be at this venue. Entrance is off Poplar Drive.

Conductor Bradley Winand
Flute Katie Bartels

Haydn Symphony No 103 (the "Drumroll")
Mozart Flute Concerto No 1
Beethoven Symphony No 8

Rehearsals on

Sunday 18 September

Tuesday 20 September

Sunday 25 September (strings only)

Tuesday 27 September (strings only)

Sunday 2 October

Tuesday 4 October

Sunday 9 October

Tuesday 11 October

Saturday 15 October

Saturday 4 February 2023

Rehearsals on:

Sunday 8 January
Tuesday 10 January
Sunday 15 January (strings only)
Tuesday 17 January (strings only)
Sunday 22 January
Tuesday 24 January
Sunday 29 January
Tuesday 31 January
Saturday 4 February

Saturday 20 May 2023

Rehearsals on

Tuesday 18 April
Sunday 23 April
Tuesday 25 April (strings only)
Tuesday 2 May (strings only)
Sunday 7 May
Tuesday 9 May
Sunday 14 May
Tuesday 16 May
Saturday 20 May

For these concerts all rehearsals and the concerts will be at Bishops Hill Adult Community Centre, Rayleigh Road, Brentwood CM13 1BD.

Our overriding concern is to protect each other, both for ourselves and to give us the best chance of being able to put on the concert. Please therefore exercise prudence. Please do not come if you feel unwell or think you may have Covid19 or have Covid-like symptoms. We will try to ensure good ventilation.

Please bring a music stand to rehearsals and to the concert.

Car parking for the Tuesday and Sunday rehearsals and for the concert is free at Bishops Hill Adult Community College.

Concert dress for BPO concerts is all black (no jackets or ties).

Hard copies of the music (with string parts bowed) will be distributed at the first rehearsal for the relevant concert if not distributed beforehand. 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 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 string fingerings.

The BPO's subscription for players is £72 for the year with single concert subscriptions of £24. Concessions are 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 BPO concert. Subscriptions paid for cancelled concerts will be carried over.