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Rehearsal Schedule 2022-23

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 The Pallant Centre (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 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.  Note that this season two of the HSO concerts are in the afternoon, with morning rehearsals on the day. 

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, normally 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 are usually 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

[1st May 2022]

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

Specific HSO rehearsal details

[29th April 2023]

HSO players please note that, as previously advised, the rehearsal on Friday 5th May is for strings only, at the Pallant Centre as usual. 

[18th April 2023]

The HSO rehearsal on Friday 21st April has now been cancelled because of key players being unavailable, so rehearsals for the July concert will now start with the full rehearsal on Friday 28th April

[15th April 2023]

The first HSO rehearsal for the July concert is on Friday 21st April.  Some wind players are not available on that day, so the plan is that the second rehearsal, on Friday 28th April, will be a full rehearsal, with full wind and brass, and the third rehearsal, on Friday 5th May, will be strings only

Jonathan Butcher has requested an additional rehearsal during the half term week, on Friday 2nd June.  This will have to start a little later than usual as we cannot enter the hall to set up until 7.00pm. 

The Pallant Centre hall is not available on Friday 26th May so the rehearsal will instead be at Hayling Island Community Centre (our September concert venue). 

Jonathan Butcher is not available for three of the rehearsal dates.  The rehearsals on 26th May and 30th June will be conducted by James Thomas, and another conductor will be arranged for 12th May

[1st January 2023]

The first HSO rehearsal for the March concert is confirmed as Friday 13th January.  Also, the second rehearsal, on Friday 20th January, will be for strings only

[11th December 2022]

The first HSO rehearsal for the March concert was originally expected to be Friday 6th January but it appears that Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre are using the Pallant Centre on that date, so we are now provisionally expecting to start on Friday 13th January instead.  Players will be notified when the date has been confirmed. 

[9th July 2022]

The first HSO rehearsal (and AGM) in September, to prepare for the Popular Classics concert with Avi Taler, will be on Friday 9th September.  This is mainly because the Hayling concert date had to be delayed until 1st October, two weeks later than our usual date, so there is no need to start immediately on the first Friday of term. 

Details of all rehearsal dates and venues are in the schedule below

Specific HCO rehearsal details

[2nd October 2022]

The HCO rehearsal on Tuesday 4th October is for strings only

Complete rehearsal schedule

[Last updated 18th April 2023]

This is the rehearsal schedule for the 2022-23 season.  This page will be updated to reflect any changes or additions.  All rehearsals except on the concert day should be assumed to be at The Pallant Centre (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 1st October 2022 7.30pm – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Hayling Island Community Centre
Conductor: Avi Taler
Sep-08 Overture ‘Consecration of the House’ Beethoven 2222 4230 T S 11' Fridays 7pm–9.30pm:
9 Sep with AGM,
16 Sep, 23 Sep,
30 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'
New Waltz “Blue Danube” J Strauss Jr 2/1222 4231* T P S
(*Could omit tuba)
74' Saturday 1 Oct 2.00pm
Saturday 15 October 2022 7.30pm – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
Conductor: Robin Browning

Concert in memory of Brian Howells
New St Paul’s Suite Holst S 12' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
4 Oct (strings only), 11 Oct,
Feb-13 Sinfonia Concertante in Eb, K364
   Soloists: Laura Rickard, Elliott Perks
Mozart 0200 2000 S 30'
Mar-17 Crisantemi Puccini S 6'
Feb-75 Symphony No 33 in Bb major, K319 Mozart 0202 2000 S 21'
69' Saturday 15 Oct 2.00pm
Saturday 10 December 2022 2.30pm – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
Feb-89 Overture: Carnival Dvorak 2+12+122 4231 T 4P Hp S 10' Fridays 7-9.30pm:
7 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec,
9 Dec at Oaklands
New Nocturne (New Year Music) Finzi 22+12+12+1 4331 T P Hp S 10'
Oct-16 Violin Concerto No 1
   Soloist: Madeleine Pickering
Bruch 2222 4200 T S 25'
New Christmas Overture
Conductor: James Thomas
Coleridge-Taylor 2122 2230 T 3P Hp S 6'
New Sleigh Ride
Conductor: James Thomas
Delius 3/1222 42*31 T 2P S
(* originally 2+2)
New Skaters Waltz Waldteufel 1+1222 4231 T 3P S 8'
Dec-96 Suite: Sleeping Beauty Tchaikovsky 2+12+122 42+231 T 3P Hp S 22'
New Encore: Sleigh Ride Anderson 2+1222 4331 2P S (+sax?) 3'
90' Saturday 10 Dec 10.15am
Saturday 4 February 2023 7.30pm – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
Conductor: Robin Browning
New Overture, Scherzo and Finale Schumann 2222 2230 T S 18' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
24 Jan, 31 Jan,
Feb-12 Horn concerto No 1
   Soloist: Ben Goldscheider
Strauss 2222 2200 T S 20'
May-07 Symphony No 9, ‘Great’ Schubert 2222 2230 T S 50'
88' Saturday 4 Feb 2.00pm
Sunday 26 March 2023 2.30pm – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
New Overture: Poet and Peasant Suppé 1+1222 4231 T 1P Hp S 11' Fridays 7pm–9.30pm:
6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 10 Feb, 24 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar,
24 Mar at Oaklands,
Sep-13 Piano Concerto in A minor
   Soloist: Florian Mitrea
Grieg 2222 4230 T S 28'
Mar-03 Karelia Suite
Conductor: James Thomas
Sibelius 2+1322 4331 T 3P S 14'
Mar-98 Symphony No 2 Borodin 2/12/122 4231 T 4P Hp S 28'
81' Sunday 26 Mar 10.15am
Saturday 20 May 2023 7.30pm – Havant Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
Conductor: Robin Browning
Feb-14 Overture “Coriolan” Beethoven 2222 2200 T S 10' Tuesdays 7.30pm–10pm at Bosmere School:
9 May, 16 May
  Beethoven Explored
   by Robin Browning
Sep-11 Symphony No  6, ‘Pastoral’ Beethoven 2222 2200 T S 40'
80' Saturday 20 May 2.00pm
Saturday 8 July 2023 7.30pm – Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
Mar-69 Overture: Tam O’Shanter Arnold 2/1222 4331 T 2P S 8' Fridays 7.00pm–9.30pm: 21 Apr, 28 Apr, 5 May (strings), 12 May, 26 May (Hayling), 2 Jun (7.15pm), 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun,
7 Jul at Oaklands,
New Sea Pictures
   Soloist: Janice Watson
Elgar 2222+1 4231 T P Hp S
(organ ad lib)
Jan-11 Suite: Summer Days Coates 2/1222 4230 T P S 20'
New Bacchanale from ‘Samson & Delilah’ Saint-Saëns 2+12+12+12+1 42+231 T 4P Hp S 9'
Apr-86 Tales from the Vienna Woods J Strauss Jr 2/122/22 4331 T 4P Hp S
(optional zither)
Jul-83 Fantasia on British Sea Songs Wood/Arne arr. Zalva 2222 4231 Hp 2P 20'
Jul-83 Pomp & Circumstance March No 1 Elgar 2+222+12+1 42+231 T 7P? 2Hp organ S
(second picc ad lib)
Jul-83 Jerusalem Parry arr. Elgar 2+12+12+12+1 4331 T P 2Hp organ S 3'
New Encore: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni 1+2220 0000 Hp organ S 5'
Sep-96 Encore: Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No  2 Bizet 2222 42+230 T P S 4'
112' Saturday 8 Jul 2.00pm
Friday 14 July 2023 7.00pm – Bursary Auditions – Havant Symphony Orchestra – Hayling Island Community Centre

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