Information for Players

Updated 23 November

Forthcoming Concerts


18 March 2017
24 June 2017 (Sheldonian Theatre)

Printable 2016-17 main concert programmes with orchestration Version 2 [pdf]


18 November 2017
17 March 2018
23 June 2018 (Sheldonian Theatre)

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Spring 2017 - start 17 January, full schedule in preparation
Summer 2017 - start 25 April

If you are unable to attend any rehearsal inform your section leader, and if for any reason you anticipate being absent more than two rehearsals for any concert please notify your section leader as far in advance as possible.

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One of the contributions that players make to the running of the orchestra is the payment of an annual or termly subscription. The minimum 2016/17 rates (unchanged from 2015/16) are:

Annual fee: £175 or three payments of £65 (per term)
Students and unwaged: £22 (per term)

Players who feel able to do so are invited to pay at a higher rate or make additional contributions, by topping up their payments or by sponsoring a particular activity.

Subscription payments, due at first rehearsal of term, may be made by cheque, cash or bank transfer. Rates are revised annually, normally in line with the August index of inflation.

If you are UK tax payer, the orchestra (being a registered charity) can claim back tax you have paid on your subscription payments. This generates significant extra income for the orchestra. So, if you pay tax, please ensure that you complete a declaration form. Further details about payments and tax declaration forms are available from the Membership Secretary, Diana Collingwood.

Exceptionally, where a player has circumstances of particular personal hardship, a case for temporary reduction of fees can be considered by the Chairman.

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Rehearsal venues

St Gregory the Great Catholic School: Main Hall, Cricket Road, Oxford, OX4 3DR Google map Access to the School is via a one-way loop road off Cricket Road. By car from Cowley Road, turn into Shelley Road. Take the second left turn into Cricket Road and then the first right into the School. There is ample parking but only vehicles carrying very heavy instruments (i.e. harps, timpani and other large percussion instruments) may be brought along the pedestrian walkway to the Main Hall (c.150 metres) for unloading and loading. During rehearsals vehicles must be returned to car park spaces. Please depart promptly after rehearsals as the external gates are locked at 10:15pm. Also note that the whole school site is a 'no smoking' area and that the contract to use the premises is immediately cancelled for a hiring organisation if anyone associated with it is found smoking on site.

Abingdon School: Charles Maude Room and Amey Theatre OX14 1DE Maps and directions and Campus plan showing location of Charles Maude Room and Amey Theatre. Abingdon School is only very rarely used for rehearsals. Bus services from Oxford are quick and convenient (X3 and X13 services stop close by at Stratton Way terminus). Enter school at gates by the Lodge on Park Road. Arrangements are made for car parking in designated areas adjacent to the school buildings. These are mainly between the Lodge, the Amey Theatre and Mercers' Court though some there are also some spaces near Big School. Entry to Charles Maude Room is via small back entrance at east end of Building. Vehicles parked in the privately owned roads around the school are liable to be clamped at any time.

Manor Preparatory School: Faringdon Road, Abingdon OX13 6LN This venue has been used only very occasionally when the grand piano has been required. Car sharing and lifts from Oxford can be arranged.

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Concert venues

Oxford Town Hall: St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX Directions, Map, Travel and Parking information

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ Map and directions

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Selling concert tickets

Players are expected to take an active part in promoting concerts and selling tickets to friends and family. Tickets sold in advance by players are available at discounted rates: £16 standard tickets reduced to £14, Over 60s £14 tickets reduced to £12.

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Concert dress

Women: long black; Men: Dinner Jacket, white shirt, black tie

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Management of the Orchestra

A committee of orchestra members meets three times a year to discuss and agree plans. Speak to any one of us on the committee if there is something you feel we should consider or if you'd like to help in some way with running the orchestra. At the present time there are some vacancies on the committee so all expressions of interest or assistance are very welcome. If you've got thoughts about repertoire or music you feel would be good to play, do talk to Robert Max.

Orchestra members have an annual general meeting in November or December when new committee members are elected and ideas can be discussed by everyone. The present committee members are:

Grace Lane - Chairman
Stephen Drew - Secretary
Matthias Winkel - Treasurer
Vacant - Concert Manager
Sally Prime - Librarian
Paul Johnson - Marketing and Publicity
Diana Collingwood - Membership Secretary
Dominic Knight
Evelyn Sanderson
Robert Max, Musical Director, and Mariette Richter, Leader, in attendance

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