Information for Players

Updated 30 March

Forthcoming Concerts

14 June 2014
Dvořák: Noon Witch, op.108
Weber: Clarinet Concerto no.1 in F minor, op.73
soloist Mark van de Wiel
Elgar: Symphony no.2 in Eflat, op.63

Printable 2013-14 main concert programmes with orchestration
Printable 2014-15 main concert programmes with orchestration


Summer Term 2014 Rehearsal Schedule Version 1 First rehearsal Tues 1 April (no rehearsal 8 and 15 April), second rehearsal 22 April, (no rehearsal 27 May - half term), Concert 14 June.

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.


Rates for 2013/14:

Annual fee: £148 or three payments of £54 (per term)
Students: £20 (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.

Amey Theatre, Abingdon School: OX14 1DE Maps and directions The Amey Theatre 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.

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

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.

Concert dress

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

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
Mariette Richter, Leader, and Robert Max, Musical Director, in attendance

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