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 Rehearsal Schedule & Key Dates

  • Mon 28 Jan – rehearsal with Djanogly City Academy students
  • Mon 4 Feb – informal performance with DCA students / Elijah Intro, Overture & 1
  • Mon 11 Feb – normal rehearsal – Elijah Overture, 1, 11, 12, 10, 9
  • Mon 18 Feb – normal rehearsal – Elijah 16, 19, 20, 15, 7
  • Mon 25 Feb – normal rehearsal – Tricky corners from last two weeks
  • Mon 4 Mar – joint rehearsal with choirs – focus on Part 1 Choruses
  • Mon 11 Mar – normal rehearsal – 23, 24, 29, 32, 37
  • Mon 18 Mar – normal rehearsal – 42, 38, 34, Prologue, 36, 30
  • Mon 25 Mar – joint rehearsal with choirs – focus on Part 2 Choruses
  • Mon 1 Apr – normal rehearsal – 14, 4, 33, 13, 31
  • Mon 8 Apr – normal rehearsal – 8, 39, 40 (+ remaining strings only – 3, 6, 25, 27)
  • Mon 15 & 22 Apr – no rehearsal (Easter)
  • Mon 29 Apr – normal rehearsal – t.b.c.
  • Mon 6 May (B/H) – joint rehearsal with choirs at St Peter’s, Ruddington; start 7.15
  • Mon 13 May – normal rehearsal – but with Paul Hayward conducting
  • Sat 18th May – performance of Elijah at St Mary’s in the Lace Market
  • Mon 20 & 27 May – no rehearsal (post-concert break and bank holiday)
  • Mon 3, 10, 17 & 24 June – Rehearsal for Music Hub concerts plus other work
  • Mon 1 July – concert with the Nottingham Music Hub at Albert Hall (see below)
  • Tue 2 July – concert with the Nottingham Music Hub at Albert Hall (see below)
  • Mon 8 & 15 July – possible concerto rehearsal for future concert
  • Mon 2 Sept – first rehearsal after summer break
  • Sat 30 Nov – Autumn concert including concerto with Aminata Kanneh-Mason
  • Sat 25 Mar 2020 – Spring concert


Spring concert – Mendelssohn’s Elijah – 18th May

We will be performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah at St Mary’s church in the Lace Market on Saturday 18th May – in conjunction with the Ruddington Choir; Burton Joyce Choral Society and the Nottingham Hospitals Choir. Some joint rehearsals are being scheduled (see Key Dates).  Things are progressing and here is a picture from our first joint rehearsal:


Music – Our Librarians have copies of the music available at rehearsals.  Some of you also like to print your own copy (maybe to annotate, or because you otherwise have to share), so here is a link to the page on IMSLP.

A list of the movements is shown below.  If you want to familiarise yourself with the music, or to practice playing along, a Youtube link for each movement is provided (on the ‘headphone’ symbol Ω).   The work is very long so the planning committee have decided to cut a few movements – these are shown as ‘Cut‘ and crossed through in the list.

  • Introduction: As God the Lord of Israel liveth  Ω
  • Overture (orchestra)  (Ω included with No 1)
  1. Chorus (SATB): Help, Lord!  Ω
  2. Duet (SS) with Choir (SATB): Lord! bow thine ear to our prayer!   (cut)
  3. Recitative (Obadiah): Ye people, rend your hearts  Ω
  4. Aria (Obadiah): If with all your hearts  Ω
  5. Chorus (SATB): Yet doth the Lord see it not  (cut)
  6. Recitative (Angel I): Elijah! get thee hence  Ω
  7. Double quartet (Angels, SSAATTBB): For he shall give his angels; (Angel I): Now Cherith’s brook is dried up  Ω
  8. Recitative, Aria, Duet (Widow, Elijah): What have I to do with thee?  Ω
  9. Chorus (SATB): Blessed are the men who fear him  Ω
  10. Recitative (Elijah, Ahab, SATB): As God the Lord of Sabaoth liveth  Ω
  11. Chorus (SSAATTBB): Baal, we cry to thee; hear and answer us!  Ω
  12. Recitative (Elijah, SATB): Call him louder, for he is a god!  Ω
  13. Recitative (Elijah, SATB): Call him louder! he heareth not! (Omit Presto SectionΩ
  14. Aria with Choir (Elijah, SATB): Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel!  Ω
  15. Quartet (SATB): Cast thy burden upon the Lord  Ω
  16. Recitative (Elijah, SATB): O thou, who makest thine angels spirits  Ω
  17. Aria (Elijah): Is not his word like a fire?   (cut)
  18. Arioso (Angel I): Woe unto them who forsake him!  (cut)
  19. Recitative (Obadiah, Elijah, SATB, Youth): O man of God, help thy people!  Ω
  20. Chorus (SATB): Thanks be to God  Ω
  • Part II.
  1. Aria (Soprano): Hear ye, Israel!  (cut)
  2. Chorus (SATB): Be not afraid, saith God the Lord  (cut)
  3. Recitative (Elijah, Queen, SATB): The Lord hath exalted thee  Ω
  4. Chorus (Obadiah, Elijah): Woe to him, he shall perish  Ω
  5. Recitative (Tenor): Man of God, now let my words  Ω
  6. Aria (Elijah): It is enough, O Lord now take away my life   (cut)
  7. Recitative (Tenor): See, now he sleepeth  Ω
  8. Trio (SSA): Lift thine eyes  Ω
  9. Chorus (SATB): He, watching over Israel, slumbers not  Ω
  10. Recitative (Angel I, Elijah): Arise, Elijah, for thou hast a long journey  Ω
  11. Aria (Angel I): O rest in the Lord  Ω
  12. Chorus (SATB): He that shall endure to the end, shall be saved  Ω
  13. Recitative (Elijah, Angel II): Night falleth round me, O Lord!  Ω
  14. Chorus (SATB): Behold! God the Lord passeth by!  Ω
  15. Quartet, Choir: Above him stood the Seraphim; Holy is God the Lord  (cut)
  16. Recitative (SSATTBB, Elijah): Go, return upon thy way! I go on my way  Ω
  17. Arioso (Elijah): For the mountains shall depart  Ω
  18. Chorus (SATB): Then did Elijah the prophet break forth  Ω
  19. Aria (Tenor): Then shall the righteous shine forth  Ω
  20. Recitative (Soprano): Behold, God hath sent Elijah  Ω
  21. Chorus: But the Lord, from the north…; Quartet: O come everyone…  (cut)
  22. Chorus (SATB): And then shall your light break forth ; Lord, our Creator  Ω


Concerts with the Nottingham Music Hub – 1 & 2 July

We will perform 2 different joint concerts on consecutive nights with the Nottingham Music Hub at the Albert Hall. The Nottingham Music Hub comprises several musical ensembles and some pieces will be jointly played with various of their bands, while others will be just us.   Music to be played jointly with them includes Carmina Burana (1st movement), Sway, Beethoven 7th slow movement and William Tell Overture (special arrangement in G to allow younger players to join in).

Because the only time to rehearse with them is immediately before the concert, we need to start promptly 6.00 p.m. – and encourage as many of the orchestra as possible to be there.  The actual concert starts at 7.00.



 Rehearsals (and refreshment breaks!)

  • Rehearsals are held in the Theatre building at the Sherwood Rise site of the Djanogly Learning Trust, NG7 7AR (See map) on Monday evenings from 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm.
  • If you are able to arrive a few minutes early to help put out chairs, that is really helpful.
  • We have a refreshment break at ‘half time’ for which we ask members to bring their own (small) mug. Three members of the Orchestra are rostered each week to provide the refreshment – so please check the Rota to see when you are scheduled.

Membership and Subs

Members need to be able to come to rehearsals regularly – as frequent gaps make it less enjoyable for other players.

Subs should be paid by standing order – either annually in January;  or quarterly in November, February, May and August.  Currently they are  £100 per year (Please contact the treasurer, Roger Kilby, for standing order information). One exception is that membership for a full-time student is free – so don’t forget to tell Roger if you already are (or if you become) a student!


Our orchestra is a registered charity (Charity No. 1084053) and our structure is defined in the DCO constitution. Day-to-day management is by our committee – each member of which has specific roles, as shown below.  Orchestra Members can read Minutes from committee meetings and AGM (contact the Enquiries for a password).

staff_jackyfisherChairperson: Jacky Fisher.
Jacky has been a member of the cello section since 2001, and is currently the committee Chairperson. She largely retired a few years ago from her job as a social worker in the field of disability. She hides at the back of the cello section, but loves the opportunity to make great music in a full-scale orchestra.

Treasurer: Roger Kilby. 
Roger has been playing violin with the orchestra since about 1995. He started learning at school and continued at University,  and is still involved in other string groups and choirs. Roger enjoys our Orchestra because he finds both the friendly atmosphere a real tonic after a day’s work, and because it presents the opportunity to tackle some genuinely challenging pieces of music.

 staff_johnthurstonSecretary & Website manager: John Thurston.
John joined the committee in 2012. He plays tenor trombone and joined the orchestra in 2008. Having played for many years previously only in a church music group, the transition to orchestra was challenging at times but was greatly helped and encouraged by other members of the Orchestra.

staff_cathlovatt Membership Secretary and Facebook manager: Cath Lovatt. 
Cath joined the committee in 2013. She plays clarinet, which she started at school (even performing with a very young Nigel Kennedy!). What she really likes about playing with Djanogly is that nobody cares about your day job – it’s just about making music. Her favourite from Djanogly repertoire is Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring – mainly for the lovely clarinet solos.

staff_lauraewartDjanogly Learning Trust Liaison and Concert Programmes: Laura Ewart.
Laura is a member of the trumpet section of the orchestra. Her role on the committee are to write and produce the programmes for all of our concerts. She also works at the Djanogly Learning Trust which helps us enormously in the liaison and organisation of concerts and rehearsals.

staff_robynscottchaplin Concert Activities Manager: Robyn Scott-Chaplin.
Robyn joined the orchestra committee in 2015 where her remit is to Manage activities for each concert. She joined the Orchestra in 2000 as a very new percussionist, and is now our chief timpanist. She only became a committee member after cutting down on her day job, and loves to hear how music is created in front of our ears – just like magic!

staff_susansullivanConcert Venue Manager: Susan Sullivan.
Susan joined the orchestra in 2016 and the committee in 2017. She has been keen choral singer for many years, and decided to learn an instrument in retirement.  Wanting one that you neither have to hold up nor blow down, she decided on the cello. She is enjoying playing in the friendly cello section.

Other Roles

staff_stephenhowarth Leader: Stephen Howarth.
Stephen joined the Orchestra in 2006. As Leader, he has an honorary role on the committee. He started learning violin age 5 and was heavily involved in performing music throughout his whole of his school life and his career as Chemical Engineer. He says that the Orchestra is full of welcoming and friendly musicians who enjoy making music together and putting on a good performance.

staff_librarians Librarians: Emma Grishin and Alison Raju.
Emma (who plays flute) and Alison (who plays French Horn) share the role of Librarian for the orchestra.  They help us get the music we need for our rehearsals and concerts, distributing it to players, and collecting it up and returning it after the concert. As such they are not committee members but play a vital role.