"Didcot's new symphony orchestra"

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Rehearsals before the concert day are in Didcot Baptist Church Centre (DBC) or Northbourne Centre (wind sectional only). The rehearsal on the concert day, and the concert itself, are at Cornerstone.

Date Time Content
Friday 27-9-191915-2145Full orchestra
1915 Rimsky
2020 break
2035 Wagner
2110 Rachmaninov
Saturday 28-9-191430-1700String sectional
Sunday 29-9-191430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional
at Northbourne Centre, Didcot
Friday 4-10-191915-2145Full orchestra
1915 Rachmaninov
1955 Wagner
2030 break
2045 Rimsky
Sunday 6-10-191115-1345Final rehearsal

Concert dress: Ladies - all black. Gents - black trousers and black shirt with no tie.


Orchestration key: flute+picc, oboe+cor, clarinet+bass, bassoon+contra - horn, trumpet+cornet, trombone, tuba - Timpani Percussion Harp. 2+1 means e.g. 2 oboes plus cor anglais. 3d1 means e.g. 3 flutes of which one doubles piccolo, etc.

Composer Piece (concert order) Sheet music Media
RachmaninovThe Rock - Symphonic Fantasia
2+1,2,2,2-4231-TP (tri, tamb, cym, bd, t-t) - H
scorefollow score
WagnerTannhauser: Prelude and Venusberg Music
3d1,2,2,2-4231-TP (tri, cast, tamb, cym, bd) - H
see parts tab > Paris version (Overture and Scene 1)follow score

3d2,2d1,2,2-4,2,3,1-TP (bd, sd, cym, tri, tamb, t-t) - H
score + partswatch


Didcot Baptist Church Centre
Community Hall
Didcot Baptist Church
43 Wantage Road
OX11 0BS
PARKING: Approx 20 spaces in car park – please leave disabled space free. Street parking nearby in Manor Crescent (opposite to the north), Ernest Road (to the east, beyond Park Road roundabout) and Drake Avenue (to the west).
RAIL: 18 minutes walk from Didcot Parkway station. Cross at lights outside station, and turn right along Station Road. Then turn left up Haydon Road to its end. Turn right into Broadway, past Civic Hall and straight over roundabout by petrol station. Continue straight into Wantage Road.


Northbourne Centre, Didcot
Northbourne Centre, Didcot
Northbourne Community Centre
23 High Street
OX11 8EQ
PARKING: Approx 15 spaces in car park accessed from Church Street – but venue sells some spaces to commuters. Street parking to the south in adjacent High Street.
RAIL: 12 minutes walk from Didcot Parkway station. Cross at lights outside station, and turn left along Station Road. Bear right up Station Road, past Cornerstone, to its end at Broadway. Turn left into Broadway, and take the second turning on the right into High Street. You will soon see the Northbourne Centre – a former church. Entrance gate is at the junction with Church Street, or via the car park a short distance along Church Street. (Ignore Google maps telling you it is permanently closed).


Northbourne Centre
Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone Arts Centre
25 Station Road
OX11 7NE

See maps and directions.

 INFORMATION FOR PLAYERS   including driving directions, parking, access for heavy instruments, green rooms, concert logistics and nearby restaurants can be viewed or downloaded here.


Didcot Concert Orchestra
Didcot Concert Orchestra is a high-quality amateur symphony orchestra. Participation in DCO is by invitation or audition. Recommendations of appropriate players are welcome. There is no fixed membership – players are part of a pool, and may not be invited to play in every concert. This allows flexibility to suit the different orchestrations of the repertoire, and to evolve the sound of the orchestra. Strings are expected to rotate between desks from concert to concert, and violins between first and second violins. Professional players are engaged to lead sectional rehearsals for the first and second violins, violas and cellos/basses. There is usually a wind sectional led by the conductor.

As a project orchestra, players meet for (usually) three rehearsals before each concert, plus a final rehearsal on the concert day, giving a Friday Saturday/Sunday Friday Sunday pattern. These days have been chosen to minimise rehearsal and concert clashes with other orchestras in a 20-mile radius. The number of rehearsals for each concert may vary depending on the difficulty of repertoire and the overall standard of players it proves possible to attract.

A distinguishing feature of DCO is the inclusion of a piece of unfamiliar repertoire in each concert. For experienced musicians who may be familiar with the mainstream concert repertoire, DCO offers the opportunity to experience something new by exploring and performing a neglected gem.

We believe that the expansion of Didcot may have already brought to the area players who are not yet known in the amateur orchestral circuit. So we are particularly keen to hear from advanced players (e.g. music performance degree) who live or work in the Didcot area. If you would be interested in being considered for future concerts, please contact us.

   Didcot Concert Orchestra in a nutshell...

  • High standard
  • No regular commitment
  • Three rehearsals before each concert in a 10 day period
  • Three concerts a year at Cornerstone
  • Participation in each concert by invitation or audition
  • Professional string section leaders
  • Opportunity to play unusual repertoire
  • No subscription


Although participation in each concert is by invitation, players might like to be aware of future fixed concert dates and provisional rehearsal dates. All dates are clear of both half term weekends.

 Concert 6  Sunday 8 March 2020

Date Time Content
Friday 28-2-201915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 29-2-201430-1700String sectional
Sunday 1-3-201430-1700? Woodwind, horns and brass sectional
Friday 6-3-201915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 8-3-201115-1345Final rehearsal

 Concert 7  Sunday 21 June 2020

Date Time Content
Friday 12-6-201915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 13-6-201430-1700String sectional
--(No wind sectional)
Friday 19-6-201915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 21-6-201115-1345Final rehearsal

 Concert 8  Sunday 4 October 2020

Date Time Content
Friday 25-9-201915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 26-9-201430-1700String sectional
Sunday 27-9-201430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional
Friday 2-10-201915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 4-10-201115-1345Final rehearsal


Conductor & Musical Director
Geoff Bushell
Didcot, Oxfordshire
01235 818848
Geoff Bushell, Conductor and Musical Director, Didcot Concert Orchestra