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Rehearsal Schedule 2019-20

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 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 rehearsals for this season are expected to be 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

[3rd May 2019]

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

Specific HSO rehearsal details

[12th December 2019]

It has now been confirmed that the HSO rehearsal on Friday 10th January 2020 is at St Joseph’s Church Hall in West Street (see above for map link). 

[7th December 2019]

A correction: The date of the first Friday rehearsal for the Family concert is Friday 7th February (not 8th).  This has been corrected below as well. 

[1st December 2019]

The HSO rehearsal on Friday 10th January 2020 is now expected to be at St Joseph’s Church Hall in West Street, although this is yet to be confirmed. 

[1st December 2019]

Some information about the HSO Family Concert on Sunday 8th March, 2.30pm has now been added to the rehearsal schedule.  The first Friday rehearsal will be an extra rehearsal on Friday 7th February (which would normally be a day off for the day before an HCO concert).  The second Friday rehearsal will be on Friday 6th March, immediately before the concert weekend.  We also expect to have a morning rehearsal on the day of the concert.  More details will be added later. 

[3rd May 2019]

The HSO rehearsal scheduled for Friday 10th January 2020 cannot be at the usual venue of St Faith’s Church Hall because Dynamo Youth Theatre are using the hall.  This will either be moved to another venue or cancelled. 

Specific HCO rehearsal details

[3rd May 2019]

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

Complete rehearsal schedule

[Last updated 21st Nov 2019]

This is the rehearsal schedule for the 2019-20 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 21 September 2019 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre
Conductor: Stefano Boccacci
Sep-12 Tone Poem “Finlandia” Sibelius 2222 4331 T P S 9' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm:
6 Sep (+AGM), 13 Sep,
20 Sep at Hayling,
New Andante and Hungarian Rondo for viola and orchestra J.79
 Soloist: Nia Thomas
Weber 2202 2200 T S 11'
New Romance for viola and orchestra Op. 85
 Soloist: Nia Thomas
Bruch 1122 3200 T S 9'
Oct-04 Symphony No 4 Schumann 2222 4230 T S 33'
62' Saturday 21 Sep 2:00pm
Saturday 19 October 2019 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Fareham URC
Conductor: Robin Browning
New Charterhouse Suite Vaughan Williams S 15' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
8 Oct, 15 Oct,
Oct-06 Adagio Barber S 8'
New Oboe Concerto Op. 9 No. 2
 Soloist: Lucinda Willits
Albinoni S 10'
New Souvenir de Florence Tchaikovsky S 35'
68' Saturday 19 Oct 2.00pm
Saturday 7 December 2019 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductors: Jonathan Butcher and Avi Taler
Jul-14 Le Carnaval romain Berlioz 2/1.2/1.22 42+230 T 3P Hp S 8' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov, 29 Nov
6 Dec at Oaklands,
Jul-93 The Swan of Tuonela Sibelius 0.1+1.0+1.2 4030 T P Hp S 8'
Jul-83 Variations on a Nursery Song
 Soloist: Florian Mitrea (piano)
Dohnányi 2+ 4331 2T 3P? Hp Cel S 15'
New Symphony No. 1 in D major Mahler 4/3.4/1.3/1+1.3/1 7541 2T 4P Hp S 60'
90' Saturday 7 Dec 2.00pm
Saturday 8 February 2020 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
Conductor: Robin Browning
Feb-72 Overture “Don Giovanni” Mozart 2222 2200 T S 7' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 28 Jan, 4 Feb,
Feb-02 Variations on a Rococo Theme
 Soloist: Mikhail Lezdkan
Tchaikovsky 2222 2000 S 20'
New Andante Cantabile
 Soloist: Mikhail Lezdkan
Tchaikovsky S 8'
New Chant du Ménestrel
 Soloist: Mikhail Lezdkan
Glazunov 2+1222 2000 S 6'
Feb-06 Symphony No 101, “The Clock” Haydn 2222 2200 T S 28'
69' Saturday 8 Feb 2.00pm
Sunday 8 March 2020 2.30pm – HSO Family Concert at Oaklands School
Conductors: Jonathan Butcher and Avi Taler*
Jul-13 Carmen Suite No 1: 5. Les Toreadors Bizet 1+1222 4230 T 3P S 2.5' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm:
7 Feb, 6 Mar
Jul-13 Carmen Suite No 1: 2. Intermezzo Bizet 1+11+122 4000 Hp S 2.5'
Sep-86 Peer Gynt: In the Hall of the Mountain King* Grieg 2+1222 4231 T 2P S 3'
New Paddington Bear's First Concert* Chappell 2/1222 2200 T P Hp S 30'
Sep-05 Harry Potter Symphonic Suite John Williams arr. Brubaker 2+12/12+12 4331 T 4P Cel Hp S 8'
Jul-14 Enigma Variations: III. "R.B.T." Elgar 2222+1 3300 T S 1.5'
Jul-14 Enigma Variations: IV. "W.M.B." Elgar 2222+1 4331 T S 0.5'
Jul-14 Enigma Variations: X. "Dorabella" Elgar 2222 1000 T S 3'
Jul-14 Enigma Variations: XI. "G.R.S." Elgar 1+1222+1 4331 T 1P S 1'
Nov-13 Nutcracker Suite: IV. Trepak Tchaikovsky 32+12+12 4231 T 1P S 1.5'
Nov-13 Nutcracker Suite: VI. Chinese Dance Tchaikovsky 2+102+12 1000 1P(Glock) S 1'
Nov-13 Nutcracker Suite: VII. Dance of the Mirlitons Tchaikovsky 32+12+12 4231 T 1P S 3.5'
New "The Empire Strikes Back" medley John Williams arr. Whitney 2+1222 4331 T 3P S 6'
3333 4331 T 4P Cel Hp S 64' Sunday 8 Mar 10.30am–12.30pm
Saturday 21 March 2020 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductors: Jonathan Butcher and Avi Taler

Cancelled after 13th March rehearsal because of coronavirus precautions
New A London Overture Ireland 2/ 4331 T P S 12' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm:
10 Jan (at St Joseph’s),
17 Jan, 24 Jan, 31 Jan, 14 Feb, 28 Feb, 13 Mar,
20 Mar at Oaklands,
Sep-86 Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Grieg 2+ 4231 T P S 15'
New The Noon Witch Dvořák 2+1.2.2+1.2 4231 T P S 14'
Dec-02 Violin Concerto in B minor
 Soloist: Charlie Lovell-Jones
Elgar[+1] 423[1] T S 48'
89' Saturday 21 Mar 2.00pm
Saturday 16 May 2020 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Wickham Community Centre
Conductor: Robin Browning

Cancelled because of coronavirus precautions
Feb-14 Overture “Coriolan” Beethoven 2222 2200 T S 10' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School: 5 May, 12 May,
  Presentation for Beethoven 250:
“Exploring Beethoven”
by Robin Browning
Feb-14 Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” Beethoven 2222 2220 T S 40'
80' Saturday 16 May 2.00pm
Saturday 11 July 2020 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductors: Jonathan Butcher and Avi Taler

Cancelled because of coronavirus precautions
Dec-99 L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 Bizet 2.2/1.2+sax.2 42+230 T Hp S 15' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 24 Apr, 1 May, 8 May, 22 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 26 Jun, 3 Jul,
10 Jul at Oaklands,
Oct-04 Cello Concerto in A minor
 Soloist: Hattie McGregor
Saint-Saëns 2222 2200 T S 20'
Dec-03 Vltava Smetana 2222 4231 T P Hp S 12'
New Firebird Suite (1919) Stravinsky 2/1.2/1.2.2 4231 T P Hp Pno [Cel] S 22'
69' Saturday 11 Jul 2.00pm
Tuesday 30 June 2020, 7.00pm – Bursary Auditions – Havant Symphony Orchestra – probably at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, West Street, Havant, PO9 1LP
Cancelled because of coronavirus precautions

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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