"Didcot's new symphony orchestra"

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Rehearsals before the concert day are in Didcot Baptist Church Centre (DBC) - see below. The rehearsal on the concert day, and the concert itself, are at Cornerstone.

Please note changes in rehearsal times from the previous concert.

 STRING BOWING    Violin 1   Violin 2   Viola   Cello (and some bass)

Date Time Content Venue
Friday 5-10-181915-2145Full orchestra
1915 Dvorak, C-T
2030 break
2045 (with soloist) Elgar, Herbert
DBC Sanctuary
Saturday 6-10-181430-1700Violin 1 and 2 sectional with Kate and LouiseDBC Community Hall
Viola sectional with HeatherDBC Waves
Cello and double bass sectional with SpikeDBC Entrance Hall
1545 breakDBC Community Hall
1600 Full string sectional with GeoffDBC Community Hall
Sunday 7-10-181430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional with GeoffDBC Community Hall
Friday 12-10-181915-2145Full orchestra
1915 C-T, Dvorak
2030 break
2045 (with soloist) Elgar, Herbert
DBC Sanctuary

Sunday 14-10-181115-1345Final rehearsal
1115 C-T, Dvorak
1225 break
1235 Dvorak, Elgar, Herbert

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


Orchestration key: flute+picc, oboe+cor, clarinet+bass, bassoon - 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
Coleridge-TaylorBallade in A minor, op 33
piano conductorwatch
ElgarCello Concerto
score + partswatch
Victor Herbert Yesterthoughts (arr.Lynn Harrell)
strings only

DvorakSymphony no 6 in D
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.


Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone Arts Centre
25 Station Road

 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 also 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.


Although participation in each concert is by invitation, players might like to be aware of future fixed concert dates and provisional rehearsal dates.

 Concert 3  Sunday 3 March 2019

Date Time Content
Friday 8-2-191915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 9-2-191430-1700String sectional
Sunday 10-2-191430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional
Gap to keep rehearsals clear of both half term weekends
Friday 1-3-191915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 3-3-191115-1345Final rehearsal

 Concert 4  Sunday 9 June 2019

Date Time Content
Friday 17-5-191915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 18-5-191430-1700Woodwind, horns and trumpets sectional
Sunday 19-5-191430-1700String sectional
Gap to keep rehearsals clear of both half term weekends
Friday 7-6-191915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 9-6-191115-1345Final rehearsal

 Concert 5  Sunday 6 October 2019

Date Time Content
Friday 27-9-191915-2145Full orchestra
Saturday 28-9-191430-1700String sectional
Sunday 29-9-191430-1700Woodwind, horns and brass sectional
Friday 4-10-191915-2145Full orchestra
Sunday 6-10-191115-1345Final rehearsal


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