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UCL Academy, 80 Avenue Road, London NW8 3AQ - entrance in Adelaide Road

This is a very short walk from Swiss Cottage Station and there is ample parking on single yellow lines after 6.30pm

Sunday 11 November 2018, 5pm St John's Smith Square

Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
3 (3rd db picc & alto), 3 (2 + ca), 4 (2 + bass db E-flat + alto sax), 3 (2 + contra) (13 wind), 4331 (11 brass)
tmp + bd, sd, cym, tamb, whip, xylo (2/3 perc players), hp, pno, str 12 10 8 6 4 (40 strings) = 68 players

Elgar Cello Concerto with Tim Hugh (cello)
Instrumentation within above

Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
3223 (3rd is contra) (10 wind), 4231 (10 brass) tmp + BD, TD, SD, cym, tam, tri, tamb, glock, bell (?3 perc)
hp, str 12 10 8 6 4 (40 strings) = 63 players

Mon 29 Oct 7pm-9.40pm Indian YMCA Vaughan Williams - orchestra only
Thu 1 Nov 7pm-9.40pm UCLA Britten
Sun 4 Nov  1pm - 6pm St Silas, Penton Street Full string sectional
Mon 5 Nov 7pm-9.40pm UCLA Vaughan Williams - with chorus
Thu 8 Nov 7pm-9.40pm UCLA Britten
Sat 10 Nov 10am-1pm UCLA

Elgar - with Soloist in second half

Sun 11 Nov 12.30pm -3.30pm SJSS

12.30pm Britten, 1.15pm Elgar, 2.15pm Vaughan Williams


Saturday 9 February 2019, 7pm St John's Smith Square

Wagner Die Walkure Act 3
3 flutes and piccolo, 3 oboes, cor anglais, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 8 horns, 3 trumpets, bass trumpet, 4 trombonestuba, 4 wagner tubas, 2 harps, 2 timpani, percussionstrings.

REHEARSAL DETAILS - Saturday 2 February to be confirmed - possibly on Sarturday 26 January

Wed 23 Jan 7pm-9.45pm UCLA Individual string section coaching
Mon 28 Jan 7pm-9.45pm UCLA  Full string section rehearsal
Wed 30 Jan 7pm-9.45pm UCLA  Full string, wind and brass sectionals
Sat 2 Feb  10am-5pm UCLA  Full exc timps, perc and harps
am Scene III and parts of II, Wotan Brunnhilde
pm Valkyries join for Scene II and I, Siegelinde called later
Mon 4 Feb  7pm-9.45pm UCLA  Scene I and II - full inc timps  Valkyries, Siegelinde
(Wotan and Brunnhilde ad libitum), but no harps or percussion
Wed 6 Feb  7pm-9.45pm UCLA  Scene III full inc timps, exc perc and harps, inc Wotan and Bryunnhilde
Final run of whole scene
Sat 9 Feb  2pm-5pm SJSS  Harps and percussion for the first time, rehearse sections only
(prob most/all of scene I and II and parts of scene III


Saturday 6 April 2019, 7pm    St James Piccadilly

St Matthew Passion

2 identical orchestras - each comprising
2 flutes, 2 oboes (doubling d’amore), 1 bassoon, 4 1st violins, 4 2nd violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass
organ (Sam Laughton), Harpsichord (Ben Driver), viola da gamba (Jenny Bullock)

In addition:
- the oboes of Orchestra 1 also double on oboe da caccia (or cor anglais)
- the flutes of Orchestra 1 ideally double on recorder
Sun 24 Mar 2pm-6pm St Pancras church hall 2.00-2.45 Orchestra 1 strings
2.45-4.30 Tutti strings
4.30-6.00 Orchestra 2 strings
Mon 25 Mar 7.00-9.45 UCLA tutti
Mon 1 Apr  7.00-9.45 UCLA 7.00-7.45 orchestra 1 strings
7.45-9.45 tutti
Wed 3 Apr 7.00-9.45 UCLA 7.00-8.45 orchestra 1 tutti
8.45-9.45 orchestra 2 strings
Sat 6 Apr REHEARSAL   2pm-3.30pm, break, 3.45pm-5.30pm
              CONCERT       7pm-10pm concert with break between parts
SJP tutti


Saturday 15 June 2019, 7pm St John's Smith Square

Brahms Double Concerto
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings.

Shostakovich Symphony no.10
2 flutes and piccolo (2nd flute doubling 2nd piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais), 3 clarinets (3rd doubling E-flat clarinet), 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombonestubatimpanibass drumsnare drumtrianglecymbalstambourinetam-tamxylophone, strings.

Mon 20 May 7pm-9.45pm UCLA Full orchestra - run through of both pieces
Wed 22 May 7pm-9.45pm UCLA Separate sectionals for wind, brass and strings
Mon 3 Jun 7pm - 9.45pm UCLA Shostakovich
Wed 5 Jun 7pm-9.45pm UCLA Brahms and Shostakovich
Mon 10 Jun 7pm-9.45pm UCLA Brahms with soloists and maybe a bit of Shostakovich
Wed 12 Jun 7pm-9.45pm UCLA Shostakovich - full orchestra
Sat 15 Jun 2pm -5pmS SJSS TBA