How to add BSO rehearsals to your calendar

Here are some instructions for subscribing to BSO rehearsals so that they appear on your phone or computer and are updated automatically from this web site.

On some phones or tablets, all you need to do is tap or click this QR code, or point your camera at it until it is recognised. If that doesn’t work, try the application-specific instructions below.

Rehearsals QR code

Google calendar on the web

If you use the online Google calendar at (recommended), click the plus symbol beside “Other calendars” and select “From URL”. Paste in The BSO rehearsals should appear in your calendar in a different colour and will automatically be updated with changes.

Other calendars -  From URL

If you use the Google calendar app on your iPhone or Android phone the new calendar will appear there automatically as well.

Android phones and tablets

First follow the instructions above to add BSO rehearsals to Google calendar on the web. The new calendar should automatically appear on your phone in a distinct colour soon afterwards. You may find that only the next 12 months will be synchronised – there doesn’t seem to be any way to change this.

If you don’t see any rehearsals, check that they are visible at and then on your phone check that synchronisation is enabled by going to Settings > Accounts > Google then tap your account name (probably your gmail address) and check that Sync Calendar is selected.

iPhone and iPad

Navigate to Settings > Passwords & Accounts, or Settings > Calendar > Accounts then Add Account > Other > Add Subscribed Calendar, enter and click Save. The BSO rehearsals should appear in your calendar after a few minutes.

Microsoft Outlook or Mail on a Windows PC or laptop

Microsoft programs can’t synchronise directly with Google or Apple calendars using the iCal format (they can be imported once but not synchronised), but you can do it in two stages.

First, use a web browser to sign up for a free online microsoft email account at (you may already have such an account if you use Hotmail).

Click the Calendar symbol at the left and select Add calendar.

Calendar symbol and Add calendar link

In the popup, select Subscribe from web then enter The Bromley Symphony rehearsals should appear in the online calendar soon afterwards in a distinct colour. If you normally use a web browser to access your calendar this is all you need to do.

If you use Outlook or Mail on a Windows computer you will need to add this new email account to that program (if it’s not there already) to see the calendar. It’s a two-step synchronisation, in other words – the online Microsoft webmail account synchronises continuously with the Bromley Symphony site, and your PC or laptop synchronises with the online account whenever it is turned on and connected to the internet.

If the new calendar appears side-by-side instead of all in one view, click the little arrow at the top left of the new tab to “View in overlay mode”

Outlook snapshot


From the Calendar application, select File > New Calendar Subscription. Paste in The BSO rehearsals should appear in the calendar – if not, check that the box next to the new calendar subscription is checked.

Mac OSX screenshot



Click the Calendar symbol then the ‘+‘ symbol  and select On the Network. In the next window select Format: iCalendar (ICS) and enter as the location and click Continue. Give the calendar a name such as BSO Rehearsals and click Continue then Done. The BSO rehearsals should appear after a few minutes.