Information for Players

Updated 14 March with 2015/16 concert programmes, 2016/17 concert dates and revised ticket prices

Forthcoming Concerts

28 March 2015 Marlborough College Chapel
Choral concert with Swindon Choral Society

20 June 2015 Sheldonian Theatre Oxford
Sibelius/ Brahms/ Rachmaninov Full details + YouTube music videos

2015/16 Concerts

Concerts at Oxford Town Hall except where indicated

21 November 2015
28 November 2015 (St Birinus School, Didcot)
19 March 2016
18 June 2016

Printable 2015-16 main concert programmes with orchestration [pdf]

2016/17 Main Concert Dates

All concerts at Oxford Town Hall

12 November 2016
18 March 2017
24 June 2017

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Spring 2015 Rehearsal Schedule version 2
Summer 2015 Rehearsal Schedule version 1

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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Rates for 2014/15:

Annual fee: £150 or three payments of £55 (per term)
Students: £21 (per term)

Payment, due at first rehearsal of term, may be made by cheque, cash or bank transfer to sort code 20-01-09 Account no. 30854018. Rates are revised annually 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

Oxford Spires Academy: Glanville Road, Oxford OX4 2AU Map and directions Note: Please depart from Oxford Spires Academy promptly after rehearsals as the external gates are locked shortly after 10.00pm.

Manor Preparatory School: Faringdon Road, Abingdon OX13 6LN Location map and downloadable directions Rehearsals are rarely held at Manor Preparatory School. Car sharing and lifts from Oxford can be arranged.

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 occasionally 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.

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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

St Aldates Church, Oxford: St Aldates. Oxford OX1 1BP Travel info 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. 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 December or early January when ideas can be discussed by everyone and new committee members are appointed. The current committee members are:

Caroline Tress - Chairman
Stephen Drew - Secretary
Sue Woolhouse - Treasurer
Diana Collingwood - Membership Secretary
Ros Bleach - Librarian
Paul Johnson - Marketing and Publicity
Rebecca Homer
Rachael Rendell
Mariette Richter, Leader, and Robert Max, Musical Director, in attendance

Roles of Committee members [pdf]

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