Information for Players

Updated 7 October with 2015/16 main concert dates

Forthcoming Concerts

15 November 2014 Town Hall Oxford
Tchaikovsky: The Tempest
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
soloist Alasdair Beatson
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

22 November 2014 Didcot
Choral concert with Didcot Festival Chorus and St Birinus School

14 March 2015 Town Hall Oxford
Alex Symcox: At The Round Earth's Imagined Corners (OSO commission, first performance)
Walton: Cello Concerto
soloist Ariana Kashefi
Brahms: Symphony no.2 in D

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

20 June 2015 Sheldonian Theatre Oxford
Sibelius: En Saga
Brahms:Violin Concerto
soloist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny
Rachmaninov: Symphony no.3 in A minor

Printable 2014-15 main concert programmes with orchestration [pdf]
(NB March and June 2015 information not yet complete)

2015/16 Main Concert Dates

All concerts at Oxford Town Hall

21 November 2015
19 March 2016
18 June 2016

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Autumn 2014 Rehearsal Schedule version 3

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, Caroline Johnson.

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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 held at Manor Preparatory School only occasionally. Car sharing and lifts from Oxford can be arranged.

Abingdon School: Charles Maude Room and Amey Theatre OX14 1DE Maps and directions Abingdon School is only 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. Cars should be parked in car park opposite but if locked use visitors spaces in school grounds. 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: £15 standard tickets reduced to £12, Over 60s £12 tickets reduced to £10.

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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 Johnson - Chairman
Stephen Drew - Secretary
Sue Woolhouse - Treasurer
Diana Collingwood - Membership Secretary
Ros Bleach - Librarian
Paul Johnson - Marketing and Publicity
Hilary Boothroyd
Arthur Lovell
Caroline Tress
Mariette Richter, Leader, and Robert Max, Musical Director, in attendance

Roles of Committee members [pdf]

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