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Rehearsal Schedule 2017-18

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 7.15pm to 9.45pm 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

[18th March 2018]

Dynamo Youth Theatre no longer require the hall on Friday 29th June so the HSO rehearsal will be at our usual location of St Faith’s Church Hall after all.  HSO will still be at St Joseph’s for the Bursary auditions on Tuesday 10th July

[9th March 2018]

St Faith’s Church Hall is not available on Friday 29th June because of a Dynamo Youth Theatre event, so the rehearsal will be at St Joseph’ Church Hall, West Street, PO9 1LP (see map).  HSO will also be at St Joseph’s for the Bursary auditions on Tuesday 10th July

[26th November 2017]

We have confirmed that St Faith’s Church Hall is available for a normal HSO rehearsal on Friday January 5th, so that rehearsal will go ahead.  (Dynamo Youth Theatre are using The Spring this year). 

[25th November 2017]

The plan is now to hold the 2018 Bursary auditions at a different venue, St. Joseph’s Church Hall, West Street, PO9 1LP (see map), on the original proposed date of Tuesday 10th July 2018. 

[11th November 2017]

As St Faith's Hall is unavailable on Tuesday 10th July 2018, the proposed date for the 2018 Bursary auditions, we are trying to find an alternative venue.  If this is not successful, we may have to change the date as well. 

[25th October 2017]

Despite earlier tentative plans to have an HSO rehearsal on Friday October 27th (during the half term break) these plans have been cancelled and there is no rehearsal on that date. 

[April 2017]

Jonathan Butcher has indicated that he may wish to add an extra HSO rehearsal on Friday 27th October, during half term, because of the limited number of rehearsals available after the Hayling concert.  This will be decided later. 

Specific HCO rehearsal details

[9th March 2018]

The HCO rehearsal on Tuesday 15th May for the May HCO concert will be at Ferneham Hall, Fareham (the concert venue), to try out an alternative layout with the orchestra in front of the stage. 

Complete rehearsal schedule

[Last updated 9th March 2018]

This is the rehearsal schedule for the 2017-18 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 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 30 September 2017 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre
Conductor: Tom Griffin
Sep-09 Overture ‘Die Fledermaus’ Johann Strauss Jr 2222 4230 T P S 9' Fridays 7.15pm–9.45pm:
8 Sep (+AGM), 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep at Hayling,
Feb-06 Piano Concerto No 1 in C major
Soloist: Robert Douglas
Beethoven 1222 2200 T S 34'
Mar-09 Symphony No 3 in E flat, ‘Rhenish’ Schumann 2222 4230 T S 31'
74' Saturday 30 Sep 2:00pm
Saturday 14 October 2017 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall
Conductor: Robin Browning
Oct-11 Pavane Fauré 2222 2000 S 6' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
3 Oct, 10 Oct,
Feb-09 Masques et Bergamasques Fauré 2222 2200 T S 14'
New Duet Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, strings and harp
Soloists: Robert Blanken, Richard Moore
Richard Strauss 0000 0000 Hp S 20'
New Sospiri Elgar Hp S 5'
May-08 Symphony No 5 in Bb Schubert 1202 2000 S 28'
79' Saturday 14 Oct 2.00pm
Saturday 2 December 2017 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductors: Jonathan Butcher, Richard Miller*
Jul-04 Overture ‘Cockaigne’ Elgar 2/1222 42+231 T P [organ ad lib] S 15' Fridays 7.15pm–9.45pm: 6 Oct, 20 Oct,
possibly 27 Oct (half term),
3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov,
1 Dec at Oaklands,
Mar-02 *Rhapsody ‘A Shropshire Lad’ Butterworth 22+12+12 4231 T Hp S 10'
New Piano Concerto for the left hand
 Soloist: Nicholas McCarthy
Ravel 2+12+12+22+1 4331 T P Hp S 19'
Nov-09 Symphony in D minor Franck 22+12+12 42+231 T Hp S 41'
85' Saturday 2 Dec 2.00pm
Saturday 3 February 2018 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall
Conductor: Robin Browning
Feb-76 Overture in the Italian Style in D major, D590 Schubert 2222 2200 T S 9' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 23 Jan, 30 Jan,
Oct-06 Piano Concerto in A minor
 Soloist: Richard Uttley
Schumann 2222 2200 T S 30'
Feb-12 Symphony No 3 in Eb, ‘Eroica’ Beethoven 2222 3200 T S 48'
87' Saturday 3 Feb 2.00pm
Saturday 10 March 2018 – Havant Chamber Orchestra (Strings) at Emsworth Baptist Church
Conductor: Robin Browning
Jun-14 Simple Symphony for Strings Britten S 20' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 27 Feb, 6 Mar,
May-09 Romance in C major for Strings, Op 42 Sibelius S 5'
New Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten Pärt S + tubular bell 6'
Jun-90 Concerto in D minor for two violins
 Soloists: Brian Howells,Cathy Mathews
Bach S + harpsichord? 16'
New Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op 110a Shostakovich S 25'
72' Saturday 10 Mar 2.00pm
Saturday 17 March 2018 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductors: Jonathan Butcher, Richard Miller*
New Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 Liszt 2/2222 4230 T P Hp S 10' Fridays 7.15pm–9.45pm:
5 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 9 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar cancelled (snow), 9 Mar,
16 Mar at Oaklands,
New Violin Concerto in A minor
 Soloist: Alexander Sitkovetsky
Dvořák 2222 4200 T S 32'
Sep-84 *The Walk to the Paradise Garden Delius arr. Beecham 21+122 4230 T Hp S 9'
New Pictures at an Exhibition Mussorgsky arr. Ravel 2+13/12+22+1 4331 T P cel 2Hp S 33'
84' Saturday 17 Mar 2.15pm
Saturday 19 May 2018 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall
Conductor: Robin Browning
Oct-09 Czech Suite in D major Dvořák 22+122 2200 T S 24' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 8 May,
15 May at Ferneham Hall,
Mar-98 Violin Concerto No 3 in G
 Soloist: Rose Hsien
Mozart 2200 2000 S 25'
New Romance for Violin and Orchestra
 Soloist: Rose Hsien
Dvořák 2222 2000 S 12'
Feb-90 Symphony No 38 in D, ‘Prague’ Mozart 2202 2200 T S 25'
86' Saturday 19 May 2.00pm
Saturday 7 July 2018 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductors: Jonathan Butcher, Richard Miller*
Dec-03 *Overture ‘Prince Igor’ Borodin 2+1222 4231 T S 11' Fridays 7.15pm–9.45pm: 20 Apr, 27 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 25 May, 8 Jun, 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun,
6 Jul at Oaklands,
New Cello Concerto
 Soloist: Raphael Wallfisch
Finzi 2/1222 4231 T P S 38'
Sep-12 Symphony No 4 in F minor Tchaikovsky 2+1222 4231 T S 43'
92' Saturday 7 Jul 2.00pm
Tuesday 10 July 2018, 7.15pm – 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 (as Jonathan Butcher is not available on the Friday).

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