|Rehearsal general information|
|Red means change since originally published.|
|Thu 15 Nov||Read through Beethoven, Dvorak, Borodin||SSMJ|
|22 Nov||1930 Dvorak, 2045 AGM||SSMJ|
|29 Nov||Borodin ii, Egmont||SSMJ|
|6 Dec||Borodin iii, Dvorak||SSMJ|
|13 Dec||Egmont, Dvorak, Borodin||SSMJ|
|20 Dec||Borodin iv, Egmont, Copland||SSMJ|
|27 Dec||NO REHEARSAL||-|
|3 Jan||Dvorak, Borodin iii and either i or ii||SSMJ|
|10 Jan||Beethoven, Borodin i or ii, and iv||SSMJ|
|17 Jan||Full programme run-through||St Andrews|
|Sat 19 Jan||Rehearsal 1400-1630: Egmont, Dvorak, Borodin, Copland. 1930 Concert order: Copland, Dvorak, Egmont, Borodin||St Andrews|
|Note||The Copland may be tricky to rehearse without all of the players so will discuss a date where we can do it at the 1st rehearsal|
|CONCERT DRESS - JUNE/JULY CONCERT: Gents - black trousers (smart/concert trousers), black shirt, no tie or jacket. Ladies - all black (long) - ladies can wear black trousers, or skirts with black tights, but no white tops.|
|CONCERT DRESS - OTHER CONCERTS: Gents - Black dinner jacket, white dress shirt, black bow tie. Ladies - all black (long) - ladies can wear black trousers, or skirts with black tights, but no white tops.|
|Directions to Cornerstone|
From the A34, turn off at the Milton interchange and at the slip road roundabout take the A4130 exit to Didcot.
OPTION 1: THE ORCHARD CENTRE (SAINSBURYS). After about 2 miles, go straight ahead at two roundabouts and you will shortly pass Didcot train station. Go past it and straight ahead at the first set of traffic lights into Hitchcock Way. At the second set of traffic lights, near Sainsbury's petrol station, get in the right lane and turn right. Bend round to the right past the entrance to the petrol station, and then left into the Orchard Centre car park. Walk up the circular steps near Sainsburys towards Argos, and then right along the shopping street. At the end, you will see a Cineworld Cinema, and to its left is Cornerstone.
Orchard Centre parking is (2018) 0-2 hours free, 2-3 hours £1.70, 3-4 hours £2, maximum 4 hours, no return within 3 hours. Free after 1900. Because of number plate recognition system, this means you can't park from 1300 and stay until after the concert.
A new section of the car park has opened to the south-west of the original. This is the nearest parking place to Cornerstone. In the far corner, there are 9 steps to Station Road and then a short walk to Cornerstone.
OPTION 2: EDINBURGH DRIVE OX11 7HT. Two miles after Milton interchange, turn right into B4493 Foxhall Road. After 0.5 miles turn left at the Shell garage roundabout into Broadway. Once in the shopping street, turn down the unnamed road between British Heart Foundation and Toys-UK. (Note that you can't access this part of Edinbugh Drive from the lower part.) From the car park, cross the road and walk between Wilkos and Prezzo, go down the steps and Cornerstone is on the right.
First hour free (ticket required) and no charge after 1400 on Saturdays. For a 1400 rehearsal and evening concert at Cornerstone it is therefore possible to park in the Edinburgh Drive car park from 1300 onwards without charge and without having to move between rehearsal and concert. But this is a main shoppers' car park so it may be full.
Heavy instrument unloading/parking
There is get-in access for timpani, harp and possibly double basses and tuba via Cornerstone's small get-in: two miles after Milton interchange, turn right into B4493 Foxhall Road. After 0.5 miles turn left at the Shell garage roundabout into Broadway. Once in the shopping street, look out for the Broadways pub, and turn 20 yards down the pedestrianised section of Station Road. Park near the aluminium-panelled gates and walk down to the front of Cornerstone and ask Reception to open the gates. Once inside, there are ramps and step-free access to the stage area. It is possible you will be able to leave your vehicle there after unloading, though there is only room for about 4 cars and it depends on whether Cornerstone has other events on which also need to use the get-in area.
The Orchard Centre car park (not accessible from Broadway - see Option 1 above) has recently been extended further south-west towards Station Road and Cornerstone. Owners of heavy instruments may like to park in this part of the car park (which is much nearer to Cornerstone, but involves walking up 9 steps).
By train + 10 minutes walk
Turn left out of Didcot station. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right up Station Road. As the shopping centre begins you will see Cornerstone straight ahead.
Thursdays 19:30 to 21:30 in the Main Hall at St Mary and St John School, Meadow Lane, Oxford OX4 1TJ
Please bring a music stand
Please let someone know if you cannot come, and arrange a wind deputy
Conductor: Geoff Bushell: 01235 818848
Leader: Emily Ormerod: 01865 514210 / 07766 259339