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Your committee is seeking feedback on your experience playing in the most recent concert (May 2017) to help us plan future concerts, encourage members to join and stay, and address any concerns you may have. We know your time is precious and we want rehearsals and concerts to be rewarding and fun for everyone. Please be frank - anonymous returns are OK and all fields are optional.

  Dukas Fanfare Thinking about the Dukas Fanfare (brass only) in particular, please rate the following statements Strongly disagreeSlightly disagreeNeither agree nor disagreeSlightly agreeStrongly agree This piece was enjoyable for the players This piece was enjoyable for the players - Strongly disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Slightly disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Slightly agree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Strongly agree This piece was difficult for the players concerned This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Strongly disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Slightly disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Slightly agree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Strongly agree This piece was enjoyable to listen to This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Strongly disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Slightly disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Slightly agree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Strongly agree This piece was a good choice for this concert This piece was a good choice for this concert - Strongly disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Slightly disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Slightly agree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Strongly agree Dukas Poème dansé Thinking about the Dukas Poème dansé in particular, please rate the following statements Strongly disagreeSlightly disagreeNeither agree nor disagreeSlightly agreeStrongly agree This piece was enjoyable for the players This piece was enjoyable for the players - Strongly disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Slightly disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Slightly agree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Strongly agree This piece was difficult for the players concerned This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Strongly disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Slightly disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Slightly agree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Strongly agree This piece was enjoyable to listen to This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Strongly disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Slightly disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Slightly agree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Strongly agree This piece was a good choice for this concert This piece was a good choice for this concert - Strongly disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Slightly disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Slightly agree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Strongly agree Debussy: Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone Thinking about the Debussy: Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone in particular, please rate the following statements Strongly disagreeSlightly disagreeNeither agree nor disagreeSlightly agreeStrongly agree This piece was enjoyable for the players This piece was enjoyable for the players - Strongly disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Slightly disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Slightly agree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Strongly agree This piece was difficult for the players concerned This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Strongly disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Slightly disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Slightly agree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Strongly agree This piece was enjoyable to listen to This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Strongly disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Slightly disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Slightly agree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Strongly agree This piece was a good choice for this concert This piece was a good choice for this concert - Strongly disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Slightly disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Slightly agree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Strongly agree The soloist was a good choice for this piece The soloist was a good choice for this piece - Strongly disagree The soloist was a good choice for this piece - Slightly disagree The soloist was a good choice for this piece - Neither agree nor disagree The soloist was a good choice for this piece - Slightly agree The soloist was a good choice for this piece - Strongly agree Brahms: Symphony No. 2 Thinking about the Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in particular, please rate the following statements Strongly disagreeSlightly disagreeNeither agree nor disagreeSlightly agreeStrongly agree This piece was enjoyable for the players This piece was enjoyable for the players - Strongly disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Slightly disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Slightly agree This piece was enjoyable for the players - Strongly agree This piece was difficult for the players concerned This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Strongly disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Slightly disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Slightly agree This piece was difficult for the players concerned - Strongly agree This piece was enjoyable to listen to This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Strongly disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Slightly disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Slightly agree This piece was enjoyable to listen to - Strongly agree This piece was a good choice for this concert This piece was a good choice for this concert - Strongly disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Slightly disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Neither agree nor disagree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Slightly agree This piece was a good choice for this concert - Strongly agree Overall concert experience Thinking about the overall concert experience on the day including the afternoon rehearsal, please rate the following statements Strongly disagreeSlightly disagreeNeither agree nor disagreeSlightly agreeStrongly agree I happily recommended this concert to my friends I happily recommended this concert to my friends - Strongly disagree I happily recommended this concert to my friends - Slightly disagree I happily recommended this concert to my friends - Neither agree nor disagree I happily recommended this concert to my friends - Slightly agree I happily recommended this concert to my friends - Strongly agree I was happy with the standard of this concert I was happy with the standard of this concert - Strongly disagree I was happy with the standard of this concert - Slightly disagree I was happy with the standard of this concert - Neither agree nor disagree I was happy with the standard of this concert - Slightly agree I was happy with the standard of this concert - Strongly agree This concert was a bit boring for me This concert was a bit boring for me - Strongly disagree This concert was a bit boring for me - Slightly disagree This concert was a bit boring for me - Neither agree nor disagree This concert was a bit boring for me - Slightly agree This concert was a bit boring for me - Strongly agree There was sufficient publicity for this concert There was sufficient publicity for this concert - Strongly disagree There was sufficient publicity for this concert - Slightly disagree There was sufficient publicity for this concert - Neither agree nor disagree There was sufficient publicity for this concert - Slightly agree There was sufficient publicity for this concert - Strongly agree It was easy to buy individual tickets for this concert It was easy to buy individual tickets for this concert - Strongly disagree It was easy to buy individual tickets for this concert - Slightly disagree It was easy to buy individual tickets for this concert - Neither agree nor disagree It was easy to buy individual tickets for this concert - Slightly agree It was easy to buy individual tickets for this concert - Strongly agree Parking was no problem for this concert Parking was no problem for this concert - Strongly disagree Parking was no problem for this concert - Slightly disagree Parking was no problem for this concert - Neither agree nor disagree Parking was no problem for this concert - Slightly agree Parking was no problem for this concert - Strongly agree The green room facilities and security were good The green room facilities and security were good - Strongly disagree The green room facilities and security were good - Slightly disagree The green room facilities and security were good - Neither agree nor disagree The green room facilities and security were good - Slightly agree The green room facilities and security were good - Strongly agree I could see the conductor and my music easily I could see the conductor and my music easily - Strongly disagree I could see the conductor and my music easily - Slightly disagree I could see the conductor and my music easily - Neither agree nor disagree I could see the conductor and my music easily - Slightly agree I could see the conductor and my music easily - Strongly agree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players easily I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players easily - Strongly disagree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players easily - Slightly disagree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players easily - Neither agree nor disagree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players easily - Slightly agree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players easily - Strongly agree The contents of the printed programme were interesting and appropriate The contents of the printed programme were interesting and appropriate - Strongly disagree The contents of the printed programme were interesting and appropriate - Slightly disagree The contents of the printed programme were interesting and appropriate - Neither agree nor disagree The contents of the printed programme were interesting and appropriate - Slightly agree The contents of the printed programme were interesting and appropriate - Strongly agree Paul's spoken introduction was interesting and appropriate Paul's spoken introduction was interesting and appropriate - Strongly disagree Paul's spoken introduction was interesting and appropriate - Slightly disagree Paul's spoken introduction was interesting and appropriate - Neither agree nor disagree Paul's spoken introduction was interesting and appropriate - Slightly agree Paul's spoken introduction was interesting and appropriate - Strongly agree Adrian's introductions were interesting and appropriate Adrian's introductions were interesting and appropriate - Strongly disagree Adrian's introductions were interesting and appropriate - Slightly disagree Adrian's introductions were interesting and appropriate - Neither agree nor disagree Adrian's introductions were interesting and appropriate - Slightly agree Adrian's introductions were interesting and appropriate - Strongly agree Concert refreshments were well organised and priced Concert refreshments were well organised and priced - Strongly disagree Concert refreshments were well organised and priced - Slightly disagree Concert refreshments were well organised and priced - Neither agree nor disagree Concert refreshments were well organised and priced - Slightly agree Concert refreshments were well organised and priced - Strongly agree I was uncomfortably hot on stage I was uncomfortably hot on stage - Strongly disagree I was uncomfortably hot on stage - Slightly disagree I was uncomfortably hot on stage - Neither agree nor disagree I was uncomfortably hot on stage - Slightly agree I was uncomfortably hot on stage - Strongly agree The concert was over long or too exhausting The concert was over long or too exhausting - Strongly disagree The concert was over long or too exhausting - Slightly disagree The concert was over long or too exhausting - Neither agree nor disagree The concert was over long or too exhausting - Slightly agree The concert was over long or too exhausting - Strongly agree Comments about the concert (Optional) Detailed comments about your experience of this concert Overall rehearsal experience Thinking about rehearsals leading up to this particular concert, please rate the following statements Strongly disagreeSlightly disagreeNeither agree nor disagreeSlightly agreeStrongly agree I generally enjoyed and learnt from rehearsals I generally enjoyed and learnt from rehearsals - Strongly disagree I generally enjoyed and learnt from rehearsals - Slightly disagree I generally enjoyed and learnt from rehearsals - Neither agree nor disagree I generally enjoyed and learnt from rehearsals - Slightly agree I generally enjoyed and learnt from rehearsals - Strongly agree Rehearsals were well organised and sufficient in number Rehearsals were well organised and sufficient in number - Strongly disagree Rehearsals were well organised and sufficient in number - Slightly disagree Rehearsals were well organised and sufficient in number - Neither agree nor disagree Rehearsals were well organised and sufficient in number - Slightly agree Rehearsals were well organised and sufficient in number - Strongly agree Rehearsal times should be changed Rehearsal times should be changed - Strongly disagree Rehearsal times should be changed - Slightly disagree Rehearsal times should be changed - Neither agree nor disagree Rehearsal times should be changed - Slightly agree Rehearsal times should be changed - Strongly agree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players well I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players well - Strongly disagree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players well - Slightly disagree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players well - Neither agree nor disagree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players well - Slightly agree I could hear the conductor, my own playing and other players well - Strongly agree There were sufficient, legible music parts There were sufficient, legible music parts - Strongly disagree There were sufficient, legible music parts - Slightly disagree There were sufficient, legible music parts - Neither agree nor disagree There were sufficient, legible music parts - Slightly agree There were sufficient, legible music parts - Strongly agree My parts were marked up in good time My parts were marked up in good time - Strongly disagree My parts were marked up in good time - Slightly disagree My parts were marked up in good time - Neither agree nor disagree My parts were marked up in good time - Slightly agree My parts were marked up in good time - Strongly agree Rehearsal facilities (e.g. parking, toilets, temperature, chairs, lighting, refreshments) were sufficient Rehearsal facilities (e.g. parking, toilets, temperature, chairs, lighting, refreshments) were sufficient - Strongly disagree Rehearsal facilities (e.g. parking, toilets, temperature, chairs, lighting, refreshments) were sufficient - Slightly disagree Rehearsal facilities (e.g. parking, toilets, temperature, chairs, lighting, refreshments) were sufficient - Neither agree nor disagree Rehearsal facilities (e.g. parking, toilets, temperature, chairs, lighting, refreshments) were sufficient - Slightly agree Rehearsal facilities (e.g. parking, toilets, temperature, chairs, lighting, refreshments) were sufficient - Strongly agree Comments about rehearsals (Optional) Detailed comments about the rehearsals for this concert General feedback Thinking about rehearsals at Bishop Justus leading up to this particular concert, please rate the following statements Strongly disagreeSlightly disagreeNeither agree nor disagreeSlightly agreeStrongly agree This is the best orchestra for me in this area This is the best orchestra for me in this area - Strongly disagree This is the best orchestra for me in this area - Slightly disagree This is the best orchestra for me in this area - Neither agree nor disagree This is the best orchestra for me in this area - Slightly agree This is the best orchestra for me in this area - Strongly agree I would like more opportunities to socialise outside rehearsals I would like more opportunities to socialise outside rehearsals - Strongly disagree I would like more opportunities to socialise outside rehearsals - Slightly disagree I would like more opportunities to socialise outside rehearsals - Neither agree nor disagree I would like more opportunities to socialise outside rehearsals - Slightly agree I would like more opportunities to socialise outside rehearsals - Strongly agree I would like more opportunities to perform in the summer I would like more opportunities to perform in the summer - Strongly disagree I would like more opportunities to perform in the summer - Slightly disagree I would like more opportunities to perform in the summer - Neither agree nor disagree I would like more opportunities to perform in the summer - Slightly agree I would like more opportunities to perform in the summer - Strongly agree The committee are doing a good job The committee are doing a good job - Strongly disagree The committee are doing a good job - Slightly disagree The committee are doing a good job - Neither agree nor disagree The committee are doing a good job - Slightly agree The committee are doing a good job - Strongly agree The conductor is doing a good job The conductor is doing a good job - Strongly disagree The conductor is doing a good job - Slightly disagree The conductor is doing a good job - Neither agree nor disagree The conductor is doing a good job - Slightly agree The conductor is doing a good job - Strongly agree My section leader is doing a good job My section leader is doing a good job - Strongly disagree My section leader is doing a good job - Slightly disagree My section leader is doing a good job - Neither agree nor disagree My section leader is doing a good job - Slightly agree My section leader is doing a good job - Strongly agree I wish we had more young members in particular I wish we had more young members in particular - Strongly disagree I wish we had more young members in particular - Slightly disagree I wish we had more young members in particular - Neither agree nor disagree I wish we had more young members in particular - Slightly agree I wish we had more young members in particular - Strongly agree General comments (Optional) Anything in particular worrying you and not covered above? 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BSO AGM 2018

Start time: 4 Jun 2018 - 20:00 to 22:00Location: Bishop Justus CE School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley BR2 8HZ

Annual General Meeting

BSO rehearsal 2018-05-19

Start time: 19 May 2018 - 14:15 to 17:15Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

Rehearsal

BSO rehearsal 2018-03-17

Start time: 17 Mar 2018 - 14:15 to 17:15Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

Rehearsal

BSO rehearsal 2018-01-27

Start time: 27 Jan 2018 - 14:15 to 17:15Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

Rehearsal

BSO rehearsal 2017-11-11

Start time: 11 Nov 2017 - 14:15 to 17:15Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

Rehearsal

BSO rehearsal 2018-06-04

Start time: 4 Jun 2018 - 19:30 to 22:00Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

Possible Rehearsal

BSO rehearsal 2018-05-21

Start time: 21 May 2018 - 19:30 to 22:00Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

AGM and Possible Rehearsal

BSO rehearsal 2018-05-14

Start time: 14 May 2018 - 19:30 to 22:00Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

Rehearsal

BSO rehearsal 2018-05-08

Start time: 8 May 2018 - 19:30 to 22:00Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

Rehearsal

Note Tuesday

Vacancies

We have new vacancies for a principal trumpet, co-principal trombone, violins and harps. Please contact us if interested.

 

BSO rehearsal 2017-09-11

Start time: 11 Sep 2017 - 19:30 to 22:00Location: Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

First rehearsal of next season

Centenary Composition Competition

Bromley Symphony Orchestra (BSO), one of the finest non-professional orchestras in Britain, was founded in 1918.  The BSO committee is seeking a new work for full orchestra to celebrate our 100th anniversary.  (Works previously performed in concert will not be considered.) The adjudicator will be XY, whose decision will be final. S/he will choose the winners from the top three finalists, as voted on by the orchestra.

The winner, who must be a UK resident, will receive £1500. The winning work will receive its first public performance in our 2018-2019 season (concert planned for March 2019). The second prize will be £500. The committee reserves the right to select additional works for performance and may assign additional prize money for this purpose.

The work must be ‘celebratory’ in nature, no longer than 12 minutes in duration and composed for symphony orchestra including triple wind (with normal doublings available).  Please limit percussion to a maximum of three players, and check with us at the email address below before including unusual instruments, electronics etc.  For level of difficulty, composers should be guided by excerpts on our website: www.bromleysymphony.org.

Scores must be submitted by 24th March 2018.  Electronic realisations may be appended. Shortlisted works will require parts prepared and printed for a workshop in June 2018.  The recording made of each of the finalist’s works at the end of the event wsill be sent to the finalists, but the rights will remain with the Bromley Symphony Orchestra. At the workshop final, our playing members will vote on the shortlisted works, so it is crucial that parts be prepared to a high standard, including rehearsal marks and/or bar numbers. The works will be judged on musical merit as well as on practicality of performance. They will all be conducted on the day by our conductor, Adrian Brown.

Scores may be submitted by email (pdf attachment) to competition@bromleysymphony.org  or by post to (address tbc).

Please include contact details (name, email and phone number), a brief biography and a programme note for your work. However, personal details must not appear on the score or parts, as the works will be judged anonymously.

Any questions, please contact (Phil).

Centenary

Dear Concertgoer!  We need your help!

Our 2018/2019 season will be the Orchestra’s hundredth!  Our co-founder Gwynne Kimpton (pictured) pioneered concerts for children and founded the British Women’s Orchestra in 1924.  She worked with various amateur groups too, including here in Bromley where she was a teacher (with her co-founder Beatrice Fowle) at Bromley High School for Girls. 

It seems that Bromley Orchestral Concerts (also known as the Bromley and Chislehurst Orchestra) emerged from a series of patriotic concerts given during the First World War.  The strings were local amateurs, the woodwind and brass from London professional orchestras.  Those early days saw regular visits by leading conductors and soloists of the time – including Sir Adrian Bolt, Sir Henry Wood, Isobel Baillie and Jelly d’Aranyi.  WH (“Billy”) Reed, friend of Elgar and former leader of the LSO, conducted regularly until the 1940s and dedicated his String Symphony to the Orchestra. 

Marjorie Whyte (one of the four musical sisters who lived at Ripley, now the Arts Centre) was leader of the orchestra from the 1930s until her death in 1963.  Her sisters Dorothy, Jessie and Joyce led the string sections.  Boult wrote a moving tribute to her work in a letter to The Times in August 1963.  Marjorie also conducted the Ripley Choir and there were joint concerts until 1972 when the choir was dissolved. 

We have a comprehensive archive of programmes from 1960 when our longest-serving member, Claire Dillon, first started selling programmes (before joining the violin section a few years later).  But we are very keen to know more about our past.  Perhaps you have connections to a former player or have fond memories of a particular performance or soloist.  Do you remember Ralph Holmes playing the Brahms Violin Concerto in 1980 (or even 1966!), or Alan Civil’s Strauss Horn Concerto in 1970, or the Berlioz Requiem in a Biggin Hill hangar in 1990?  Perhaps you can even fill in some of the blanks before 1960 with programmes or reviews.

So do get in touch with your reminiscences and memories of the Orchestra’s past.  Our aim is to prepare a full history of the Orchestra for our centenary season.

Please use our contact form or speak to any member of the Orchestra.

Thank you: we look forward to hearing from you!