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Information for Players

Main Stage view of Truck Festival

Last updated 8th May 2022: added forthcoming programmes


Forthcoming Concerts & Programmes
Rehearsal venues
Concert venues
Selling concert tickets
Concert dress
Management of the Orchestra
Players privacy statement

Forthcoming Concerts & Programmes

These are the remaining concert dates in the 2021-2022 season:

Saturday 18th June 2022 - Sheldonian Theatre - programme ⮧

Saturday 23rd July 2022 - Truck Festival

These are our planned concerts in the 2022-2023 season:
(Hover over numbers for more information about instrumentation.)

Saturday 19th November 2022 - Oxford Town Hall

Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
3*3*4*3* 4331 sax timp perc×4 harp pf/cel strings

Bruch - Violin Concerto no.1
2222 4200 timp strings
Soloist: Maria Włoszczowska

Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela
01*1*2 4030 timp perc harp strings

Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Suite, op.20a
3*222 44*31 timp perc×3 harp strings

Saturday 18th March 2023 - Oxford Town Hall

Berlioz - Corsair Overture
2222 4431 timp strings

Rachmnaninov - Piano Concerto no.2
2222 4231 timp perc×2 strings
Soloist: Thomas Kelly

Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra
3*3*3*3* 4331 timp perc harp×2 strings

Saturday 17th June 2023

Schoenberg - Five Orchestral Pieces, op.16, revised version (1949)
4*3*4*3* 4331 timp perc×2 harp cel strings

Bruckner - Symphony no.8 (1890 version)
3333* 8*331 timp perc×2 harp strings

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Summer 2022

Programme for the June concert:

Stravinsky - Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée - 3*3*3*2 4331 timp+bd harp strings
Note: harp in 4th mvt (and very end of 3rd mvt) only; no trumpets, trombones, tuba, timpani or percussion in 3rd mvt

Strauss - Horn Concerto no.2 - 2222 2200 timp strings (soloist: Richard Watkins)
Note: timps and trumpets on the concert day only, not 7th June

Brahms - Symphony no.1 - 2223* 4230 timp strings
Note: trombones in 4th mvt only; no horns 3 & 4 in 2nd mvt; also no contrabassoon nor timpani in 3rd mvt

Rehearsals are 7.30-9.50pm at St Gregory the Great Catholic School. Strings are required at all rehearsals; other players, as indicated (see below).

Available for download:

Rehearsal schedule (or download a pdf) - last updated 15th March with name of soloist

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.

15th March Brahms mvts 1,2,3 2223 4000
26th April 7.30pm Brahms mvt 4
9.00pm Stravinsky mvts 1,2
2223 4000
3332 4000
3rd May 7.30pm Stravinsky mvts 4,3
9.00pm Strauss
3332 4000
2222 2000
10th May Sectionals

Violins/Violas: Mariette Richter
Cellos/Basses: Robert Max
Woodwinds: tbc
Horns: Graham Wright

17th May 7.30pm Brahms mvts 1,4
9.00pm Stravinsky mvts 1,2
2223 4000
3332 4000
24th May 7.30pm Stravinsky mvts 3,4
8.15pm Brahms mvts 2,3
9.00pm Strauss
3332 4000
2223 4000
2222 2000
31st May Half term — no rehearsal
7th June Strauss (with soloist)

(Brahms mvts 2 and/or 3 afterwards, if time)
2222 2000 (only)
14th June 7.30pm Stravinsky mvts 3, 1, 2, 4
8.45pm Brahms mvts 4, 1 (2 and/or 3 if time)
3332 4331 timp harp (only)
2223 4230 timp

18th June

in the Sheldonian Theatre

3.30pm Strauss
4pm Brahms
5pm Stravinsky

7.30 Concert

19th July 7pm Truck Rehearsal Tutti

23rd July

in Steventon Village Hall

8.30am Truck Rehearsal


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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 2021/22 rates are as follows:

Annual fee: £192, or three payments of £64 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 bank transfer, cheque or cash. Rates are reviewed annually.

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
School site plan (pdf)
Please note that new LTN's (Low Traffic Neighbourhoods) have appeared around the Cowley/Florence Park area and access to the school can now only be made from the Cowley Rd side. Cornwallis Rd, Rymer's Lane & Little Hay Rd are now blocked and are no through roads. 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.

We have received a firm reminder from St.Gregory's about which area of the car park the Orchestra is expected to occupy on Tuesday evenings; please could you kindly look at the map (below), and be sure to park within the designated area (the L-shaped area outlined in yellow), & not in the reserved area (the rectangle outlined in red) which belongs to a different school:

parking areas

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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. 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:

Sally Maitlis (taking over from Grace Lane) - Chairman
Stephen Drew - Secretary
Matthias Winkel - Treasurer
Dominic Knight - Concert Manager
Sally Prime - Librarian
Helen Kidd - Marketing and Publicity
Diana Collingwood - Membership Secretary
Jill Bailey - Social Media
Joel Allred
Robert Max, Musical Director, and Mariette Richter, Leader, in attendance

Other roles include:

Paul Johnson - Programmes
Sharon Curtis - Website -

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Players' Privacy Statement

Why do we need your data ? We need to collect and store some details about you so that we can inform you about orchestra matters and organise and promote our activities. We will not use your data for any other purpose without your consent. We will never give it to third parties and if another player asks for your contact details we will only ever share them with your consent.

We only collect the data we need This may include, your name, email address, payment and Gift Aid information, phone number, postal address, bank details, photographic/video images. We review what data we have on members every two years and remove it if we no longer need it. If you leave the group, we’ll make sure we stop using and/or delete any data we don’t need to keep (e.g. for financial reporting).

Queries and updating/removal of data At any time you can ask to view, update or correct any data we hold on you. You can also ask that we stop using your data or that we erase it. To request any of these, please contact the Chairman.

By playing in Oxford Symphony Orchestra you acknowledge and agree to use of your data in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

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