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Access for rehearsals

We rehearse in Ealing Green Church, Ealing Green, W5 5QT. Access is via the main front door, once a keyholder has opened up. We have the church from 1920 to 2220, with playing from 1935 to 2205 latest. There’s no parking at the church itself (the few spaces there are for the adjacent flats), but Grange Road is available from 1930.

The final rehearsal before a concert is often held at the concert venue; see the schedule below.

Rehearsal Schedule:

For June 22nd St John’s Smith Square:
Doreen CARWITHEN: Bishop Rock T.3: Harp: Stgs
Michael HURD: Dance Diversions T.2: Stgs
Hamilton HARTY: Ode to a Nightingale (Helen Dix, soprano)
3*.2.2.2: T.2: Stgs
William ALWYN: Nemesis (Odd Man Out)
Frank BRIDGE: Irish Tune (Londonderry Air)
3*.2.2.2: T.2: Stgs
Arnold BAX: Symphony No. 1
4=.4=4*.2+sarrusophone: T.2?(BD.TD.SD.Tamb.Cy.Gong.Tr.Bells.Xylo.Glock): Celeste: 2 harps: Stgs

For July 13th St Barnabas:
James MACMILLAN: Stomp T.2: Stgs
BORODIN: In the Steppes of Central Asia
2.2*.2.2: T.0: Stgs
SCRIABIN: Piano Concerto (Varvara Tarasova)
3*.2.2.2: T.0: Stgs
Michael HURD: Dance Diversions T.2: Stgs
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2
3*.2.2.2: T.2: Stgs

For family concert, music from above plus:
HAYDN: Symphony No. 94 (“Surprise”) (andante) T.0: Stgs

Thursday May 2nd
A. Carwithen, Harty
B. Bax, Bridge

Thursday May 9th
A. Hurd, Bax I
B. Bax I

Thursday May 16th
A. Borodin, Scriabin
B. Tchaikovsky (July programme)

Thursday May 23rd
A. Carwithen, Bax III
B. Alwyn, Bax I

Thursday May 30th
A. Hurd, Tchaikovsky
B. Tchaikovsky (July programme)

Thursday June 6th (St Barnabas Church)
A. Borodin, Scriabin
B. Schumann Piano Concerto (special rehearsal: soloist Pietro Fresa)

Thursday June 13th
A. Hurd, Harty, Bridge
B. Bax

Thursday June 20th
A. Carwithen, Alwyn, Harty
B. Bax

Saturday June 22nd, St John’s, Smith Square
CONCERT for British Music Society 40th anniversary

Thursday June 27th
A. Macmillan, Scriabin
B. Tchaikovsky

Thursday July 4th
A. Borodin, Macmillan
B. Tchaikovsky

Sunday July 7th: CHAMBER CONCERT (St Mary’s Perivale)

Thursday July 11th (St Barnabas)
1830: Set up
A. Scriabin, Macmillan, Hurd
B. Tchaikovsky, Borodin

Saturday July 13th, St Barnabas Church
1330: Set up
1400: Rehearsal

– – – – – Summer break – – – – –

Saturday August 24th, Brill

Thursday September 5th
First 2019/20 rehearsal

Saturday October 5th, St Barnabas

Saturday October 19th

Saturday November 30th, St Barnabas

Thursday December 5th
Rehearsal inc AGM

Saturday December 7th

Saturday December 14th

Thursday December 19th
Probable Christmas party

– – Christmas break – –

Thursday January 2nd
First 2020 rehearsal

Saturday February 15th, St Barnabas
(alternative date March 7th if no EMFF)

Saturday May 16th, St Barnabas

Saturday July 11th, St Barnabas

– – Summer break if nothing extra – –


Download the full season programme for 2018/19 as at 17/4/19 from here. Here are the latest AGM minutes, and the ESO’s Constitution.