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Rehearsal Schedule 2018-19

Normal rehearsal times and locations

Havant Symphony Orchestra rehearsals are normally held every Friday evening during school term time (except on the day before a Havant Chamber Orchestra concert) from 7.00pm to 9.30pm (a little earlier than last year to fit with rail timetable changes affecting our conductor’s journey home) at St. Faith’s Church Hall, The Pallant, Havant, PO9 1BE (see map).  There is a car park next to the hall, off East Pallant, which is a one-way street towards the hall, so you need to approach it via Beechworth Road. 

The final afternoon rehearsal on the concert day is at the concert venue, and for concerts at Hayling Island Community Centre or Oaklands Catholic School the rehearsal the preceding evening is usually also at the same location.  See the following sections on this page for additional information about rehearsals and specific rehearsal details, and the complete rehearsal schedule for a summary of the latest information on rehearsal dates and locations. 

St. Faith’s Church Hall is sometimes unavailable for HSO rehearsals or bursary auditions, in which case we usually move across Havant to St. Joseph’s Church Hall, West Street, PO9 1LP (see map)

The HSO rehearsal includes a coffee break at around 8.30pm.  Coffee or tea and biscuits are provided (for a contribution of 20p). 

Havant Chamber Orchestra rehearsals take place in Havant on the two Tuesdays immediately preceding the concert date, from 7.30pm to 10.00pm.  There is a break, but no refreshments are provided. 

HCO used to rehearse mostly at St. Faith’s Church Hall as well, but the hall is no longer available on Tuesdays, so rehearsals for this season are at Bosmere Junior School, South Street, PO9 1DA (see map)

Players please bring a music stand to all rehearsals. 

Additional information about rehearsal arrangements will be added below from time to time; players are advised to check this page regularly for reminders and additional rehearsal details. 

Additional information about rehearsals

Check below for updates about rehearsal schedules and venues for HSO and HCO.

Specific HSO rehearsal details

[9th December 2018]

The arrangements for the initial run-through rehearsal for the Peter Craddock Celebration Concert are being changed, to enable Toby Purser to accept an important opportunity which means he is no longer available on the original date of Friday 22nd February.  The most likely date is Sunday 10th February but we are still investigating the availability of a rehearsal venue for that date, as our usual venue of St Faith's Hall is unavailable. 

[18th October 2018]

There will be a special concert on Sunday 3rd March, 2.30pm at Oaklands School to celebrate our memories of Peter Craddock, the founder of the Havant Orchestras and musical director for 50 years.  The concert will be conducted by past Bursary holders Mark Wigglesworth and Toby Purser and current bursary holder Stefano Boccacci.  The orchestra will include any current HSO or HCO members who wish to play.  We are also trying to invite any past players for whom we still have contact details and who are still active and able to attend.  If we have more players than we need in non-string parts, this may require some doubling or rotation of positions for different works. 

The rehearsals for this concert will be on Friday 22nd February (half term week), Friday 1st March (a normal HSO rehearsal date), Saturday 2nd March at Oaklands (morning and afternoon) and Sunday 3rd March in the morning, with the concert on the Sunday afternoon.  More details are shown in the schedule below

[18th October 2018]

The HSO rehearsal scheduled for Friday 11th January has had to be cancelled because Dynamo Youth Theatre are using the hall and there is no suitable alternative venue available.  To make up for this, there will be a rehearsal on Friday 8th February, the day before the February HCO concert, which would normally have been a day off to allow HCO players to prepare for the concert. 

Specific HCO rehearsal details

[15th April 2018]

Specific information about HCO rehearsal arrangements may be added here later.

Complete rehearsal schedule

[Last updated 25th April 2018]

This is the rehearsal schedule for the 2018-19 season.  This page will be updated to reflect any changes or additions.  All rehearsals except on the concert day are at St. Faith’s Church Hall unless indicated otherwise. 

Not all rehearsal dates will necessarily be used for the associated concert.  Some dates may be used for sight reading or to prepare for other events.  When such dates have been identified, they are marked with an asterisk in the main schedule below, with additional details provided in the updates above.

Work Composer Instrumentation Dura­tion Rehearsals
(By concert, not by date)
Saturday 22 September 2017 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre
Conductor: Richard Miller
New Overture Light Cavalry von Suppé 1+1222 4230 2P S 8' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm:
7 Sep (+AGM), 14 Sep,
21 Sep at Hayling,
Oct-10 Cello Concerto No 1 in C major
 Soloist: Ruth Hallows
Haydn 0200 2000 S 25'
Mar-09 Symphony No 4 in E minor Brahms 2/1222+1 4230 T 1P S 42'
75' Saturday 22 Sep 2:00pm
Saturday 13 October 2018 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall
Conductor: Robin Browning
New Overture Mitridate Mozart 2202 2000 S 6' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
2 Oct, 9 Oct,
Sep-12 Clarinet Concerto
 Soloist: Robert Blanken
Mozart 2002 2000 S 27'
May-05 Overture L'Incontro Improvviso Haydn 1202 0200 T P S 7'
Feb-80 Symphony No. 36, Linz Mozart 0202 2200 T S 30'
70' Saturday 13 Oct 2.00pm
Saturday 1 December 2018 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
New Overture in D minor Handel (arr. Elgar) 2+12+12+12+1 4331 T P S [organ ad lib] 6' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 19 Oct,
2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov,
30 Nov at Oaklands,
Sep-91 A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21 Holst 2222 4231 T P S 15'
Jul-04 Piano Concerto in G major
 Soloist: Dinara Klinton
Ravel 2/12/11+Eb2 2110 T P Hp S 25'
New Symphony No. 2 in D, A London Symphony Vaughan Williams 3/12+12+12+1 42+231 T P Hp S 43'
89' Saturday 1 Dec 2.00pm
Saturday 9 February 2019 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall
Conductor: Robin Browning
May-06 Serenade for Strings Wirén S 15' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 29 Jan, 5 Feb,
New The Lark Ascending
 Soloist: Sara Deborah Timossi
Vaughan Williams 2122 2000 P S 16'
May-00 Romance in F
 Soloist: Sara Deborah Timossi
Beethoven 1202 2000 S 8'
Feb-07 Symphony No 4 in Bb Beethoven 1222 2200 T S 38'
77' Saturday 9 Feb 2.00pm
Sunday 3 March 2019, 2.30pm – Combined Havant Orchestras at Oaklands School
Peter Craddock celebration concert
Conductors: Mark Wigglesworth, Toby Purser, Stefano Boccacci
Sep-16 Overture The Merry Wives of Windsor
 Conductor: Toby Purser
Nicolai 2/1222 4230 T 2P S 9' Sunday 10 Feb (tbc)
Friday 1 Mar 7.00pm-9.30pm,
Saturday 2 Mar at Oaklands 10.30am-1pm and 2.30pm-5pm,
Dec-12 Double Concerto
 Soloists: Duncan Riddell, Richard Harwood
 Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Brahms 2222 4200 T S 32'
Mar-18 The Walk to the Paradise Garden
 Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Delius arr. Beecham 21+122 4230 T Hp S 9'
Sep-11 Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet
 Conductor: Toby Purser
Tchaikovsky 2+12+122 4231 T P Hp S 20'
Mar-08 Symphony in C, 4th Movement  Conductor: Stefano Boccacci Maurice Blower 2322 4331 T P Hp S 8'
78' Sunday 3 Mar  10.30am
Saturday 23 March 2019 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
New Variations on an African Air Coleridge-Taylor 2+12+122 4231 T P Hp S 20' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm:
11 Jan cancelled, 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 1 Feb, 8 Feb added, 15 Feb, 8 Mar, 15 Mar,
22 Mar at Oaklands,
Mar-07 Three Dances from The Bartered Bride Smetana 2+1222 4230 T P S 13'
New Horn Concertino in E minor
 Soloist: Ben Goldscheider
Weber 1022 2200 T S 13'
Sep-11 Symphony No. 8 in G major Dvořák 2/12/122 4231 T S 35'
81' Saturday 23 Mar 2.00pm
Saturday 18 May 2019 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall
Conductor: Robin Browning
Mar-12 St. Anthony Variations Brahms 2+1222+1 4300 T P S 18' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 7 May, 14 May,
New Symphony No. 60 Il Distratto Haydn 0201 2200 T S 15'
Mar-10 Piano Concerto No. 1
 Soloist: Daniel Lebhardt
Brahms 2222 4200 T S 53'
86' Saturday 18 May 2.00pm
Saturday 13 July 2019 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
Sep-03 Overture The Mastersingers Wagner 2+1222 4331 T 2P Hp S 9' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 26 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 5 Jul,
12 Jul at Oaklands,
New Dream Pantomime from Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck 21+122 4231 T P Hp S 6'
New Violin Concerto No.  1 in D
 Soloist: Joo Yeon Sir
Prokofiev 2+1222 4201 T 2P Hp S 21'
New Suite The Sea Bridge 2+12+12+12+1 4331 T P Hp S 22'
Jul-06 Symphonic Poem Don Juan Richard Strauss 3/12+122+1 4331 T 3P Hp S 17'
75' Saturday 13 Jul 2.00pm
Tuesday 16 July 2019, 7.00pm – Bursary Auditions – Havant Symphony Orchestra – St. Joseph’s Church Hall, West Street, Havant, PO9 1LP

Note that the provisional date for the bursary auditions is on a Tuesday to avoid being too near the end of term.

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