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Rehearsal Schedule 2021-22

We are unable to proceed with our original planned programme of Havant Orchestras concerts for this season because of the risks associated with the continuing spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.  We are however hoping to start our concert season with a smaller HCO concert in October.  See the news item for details. 

Further concerts will only go ahead if the risk is reduced to a level acceptable to the committee in time to allow sufficient preparation, in which case this page will be updated accordingly.  If a concert cannot go ahead, there is a possibility that it may be rescheduled to a later date.  See the news item for more information. 

Before attending any rehearsal or concert, please note the Covid-19 precautions described below. 

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

[5th June 2021]

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

Specific HSO rehearsal details

[3rd September 2021]

The Hayling Concert has had to be cancelled because the usual rehearsal venue does not have enough space and ventilation to allow Covid-safe rehearsals with a full orchestra.  To allow some playing together anyway, there is a plan to have some string rehearsals in the Meon Hall on 10th and 17th September followed by a performance (with minimal audience) in that hall on 19th September.  String players have already been contacted with details. 

Rehearsals for the November concert are scheduled to start on 24th September, but given the limitations of the rehearsal venue these cannot be normal full rehearsals.  We are considering the possibility of alternating wind and string rehearsals, and the feasibility of such a scheme is being investigated by the orchestral managers. 

[24th July 2021]

There are provisional plans to include a Sunday afternoon family concert this season, possibly during January.  If the January date goes ahead, additional HSO rehearsals to prepare for this concert may be added before Christmas, on 3rd and 10th December.

Specific HCO rehearsal details

[3rd September 2021]

The concert on 16th October is being replaced with a small strings-only concert featuring Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”.  plus some other smaller string works, with no pre-concert talk and no interval.  Further details will be added soon. 

The concert in memory of Brian Howells originally scheduled for this date will be rescheduled to a later date, in the hope of making it possible to hold it once player and audience numbers no longer need to be restricted.

Complete rehearsal schedule

[Last updated 3rd September 2021]

This is the rehearsal schedule for the 2021-22 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 18 September 2021 – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre
Conductor: Avi Taler

CANCELLED because of Covid precautions
Sep-15 Overture ‘Der Freischütz’ Weber 2222 4230 T S 11' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm:
3 Sep (+AGM),
10 Sep,
17 Sep at Hayling,
Feb-14 Violin Concerto in E minor
   Soloist: Mira Marton
Mendelssohn 2222 2200 T S 27'
Mar-17 Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished” Schubert 2222 2230 T S 26'
Sep-80 Waltz “Artist’s Life” Johann Strauss Jr 1+1.222 4210 T P S 10'
Apr-86 Polka “Leichtes Blut” [Encore] Johann Strauss Jr 1+1.222 4210 T P S 3'
77' Saturday 18 Sep 2:00pm
Saturday 16 October 2021 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
Conductor: Robin Browning

This concert is being replaced with a strings-only concert featuring "The Four Seasons".  We hope to reschedule the original concert later in the season. 
New St Paul's Suite Holst S 12' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
5 Oct, 12 Oct,
Feb-13 Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K364
   Soloists: Laura Rickard (violin), Elliott Perks (viola)
Mozart 0200 2000 S 30'
Mar-17 Cristantemi Puccini S 6'
Feb-75 Symphony No. 33 in Bb major, K319 Mozart 0202 2000 S 21'
67' Saturday 16 Oct 2.00pm
Saturday 20 November 2021[1] – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
New Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia Britten 2/2.2.2/2.2+1 4331 T P Hp Cel S 24' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct,
15 Oct (if needed),
22 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov,
19 Nov at Oaklands,
May-14 Trumpet Concerto in E
   Soloist: Matilda Lloyd
Hummel 1220 2000 T S 17'
Jul-07 Kikimora Liadov 2+1.2+1.2+2.2 4200 T P Cel S 8'
Jul-14 Enigma Variations Elgar 2/ 4331 T P S 32'
81' Saturday 20 Nov 2.00pm
Saturday 12 February 2022 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
Conductor: Robin Browning
New Le roi s amuse: Six airs de danse Delibes 2222 2200 T S 14' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
1 Feb, 8 Feb,
Oct-04 Cello concerto in A minor
   Soloist: Mikhail Lezdkan
Saint-Saëns 2222 2200 T S 20'
Oct-17 Pavane Fauré 2222 2000 S 7'
Feb-09 Symphony No. 1 in D major Gounod 2222 2200 T S 30'
71' Saturday 12 Feb 2.00pm
Saturday 2 April 2022[2] – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
New The Land of the Mountain and the Flood MacCunn 2222 2231 T P S 9' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm:
7 Jan, 14 Jan, 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 4 Feb, 18 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar,
1 Apr at Oaklands,
Sep-95 Capriol Suite (Full orchestral version) Warlock 2222 2231 P S 9'
New Piano Concerto No. 3
   Soloist: Christos Fountos
Prokofiev 2222 4230 T P S 28'
Jul-11 Symphony No. 2 in D Brahms 2222 4231 T S 45'
91' Saturday 2 Apr 2.00pm
Saturday 21 May 2022 – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
Conductor: Robin Browning
May-14 Overture “Egmont” Beethoven 2/1222 4200 T S 9' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
10 May, 17 May,
Sep 11 Violin Concerto in D major
   Soloist: Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux
Brahms 2222 4200 T S 38'
May-14 Symphony No. 3 in A minor, “Scottish” Mendelssohn 2222 4200 T S 40'
87' Saturday 21 May 2.00pm
Saturday 2 July 2022[3] – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
New The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Dukas 2+1.2.2+1.3+1 42+230 T P Hp S 11' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 27 May, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun,
1 Jul at Oaklands,
Jul-10 Violin Concerto in D major
   Soloist: Melina Mandozzi
Tchaikovsky 2222 4200 T S 35'
New Royal Hunt & Storm from “The Trojans” Berlioz 2+ 42+231 2T (one offstage) P S 10'
New Symphonic Dances Rachmaninov 2+1.2+1.2+2.2+1 4331 T P Hp Pno S 36'
92' Saturday 2 Jul 2.00pm
Tuesday 5 July 2022, 7.00pm – Bursary Auditions – Havant Symphony Orchestra – (venue tba)

[1] The December concert has been moved two weeks earlier, into November, because the soloist was not available on the original date or later and the conductor was not available the week before. This reduces the number of rehearsal dates, so an extra rehearsal may be needed on Friday 15th October, which would not normally be an HSO rehearsal as it is the day before the HCO concert.

[2] The March concert has been moved a week later than the normal date, into April, to avoid a clash.

[3] The July concert has been moved a week earlier from the original date, and the provisional date for the bursary auditions has therefore been changed to Tuesday 5th July 2022.

Information regarding COVID-safe rehearsal and concert practice for players

In order to provide as safe a rehearsal/concert experience as we possibly can, please take note of the following advice before attending any of our rehearsals or concerts:

  1. Please DO NOT attend if:
    • You have symptoms / feel unwell
    • You tested positive (PCR or Lateral flow)
    • You have been told to self-isolate
    • Someone you have close contact with has tested positive
    • You are quarantining after a visit abroad
  2. We would strongly encourage you to:
    • Carry out a lateral flow test before attending
    • Avoid using public transport to travel to rehearsal
    • Get vaccinated as this reduces the risk of serious illness (please be aware that even if double vaccinated you can still catch and transmit Covid)
  3. Whilst at rehearsal or concert please:
    • Sign in with your name and phone number on the sheet provided
    • Bring all your own equipment, including music stand, and do not share with others
    • Bring your own refreshments as these will not be provided whilst the Covid risk continues
    • Respect others’ space (chairs to be set out in socially-distanced arrangement)
    • Respect any one-way systems or other directions in place in the venue
    • Wear a face covering wherever possible and certainly whilst moving around the building
    • Avoid gathering too close to others when having a break/going to the toilet etc
    • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly
    • Be prepared to help with cleaning chairs etc before and after rehearsal or concert
  4. If you feel unwell at, or within two days of attending, a rehearsal or concert please:
    • Let the orchestral manager or other responsible person know
    • Go home immediately if you can
    • Follow NHS procedures regarding getting a covid test
    • Report result of test by email to as soon as it is available
Please be assured that we (the committee) will:
  1. Ensure that the venue is suitable for our purposes
  2. Ensure that the venue is ventilated as well as possible
  3. Ensure that cleaning materials are available for cleaning seats, hands and other equipment
  4. Check that the venue has regular cleaning practices in place

But please note that you attend at your own risk and that others attending may be, or may have contact with people who are, more vulnerable than you.

Thank you

Stella Scott

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