• Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra
  • August 29, 2019

Rehearsal update 29/08/2019

2019 – 2020 season as at August 2019 – DOWNLOAD FOR YOUR OWN RECORDS

Dear Orchestra – please note the details towards our next concert:

Saturday 9th November 2019       HTH 7.30pm                         Subscriber Concert 1

‘Berlioz – c’est Fantastique!’


Verdi:             Overture – The Force of Destiny                         9 minutes

+2222 4231 T Perc 2Hp strings

Holst:             St. Paul’s Suite                                                        12 minutes

Strings only                                                                                                     

Wagner:        Overture – The Mastersingers of Nuremberg 10 minutes

+3222 4331 T Perc Harp strings        


Berlioz:          Symphonie Fantastique                                        45 minutes

+2+224 4432 T Perc Bells 2Hp Str (Eb-cl)               

The first four rehearsals will act as auditions for our prospective conductors with each candidate having been allocated a symphony movement, or an overture, as detailed below. Each candidate has also been offered, if they feel that time allows, to select from movements 1, 2 or 3 of the symphony and I have highlighted their choices in blue. It is vital that we have full orchestra for these four rehearsals in order for there to be a level playing field for each candidate. We will chose our new conductor following the 24th September rehearsal based on what you tell us about which conductor you think will work best with us. You will be provided with a form to use to think this through and tell us your views. The following is what we can look forward to in September:

3rd September:         Jeremy Carnall       4th movement of the Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ (March to the Scaffold) plus parts of movement 3 – Scene aux Champs if time allows

10th September:      Justin Fung              5th movement of the Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath) only

17th September:      Rita Castro Blanco Verdi’s Overture ‘The Force of Destiny’ Rita hasn’t yet responded with additional information

24th September:      Marco Romano       Wagner’s Overture ‘The Mastersingers of Nuremberg’ plus Berlioz movement 1 if time allows


1st October:               Rehearse 7.30pm to 8.30pm then AGM starts at 8.45pm. If you have anything that you would like discussed at the AGM please contact Ruth. A formal official invitation will be issued shortly.

There will be a need to be a rehearsal allocated to the December concert programme, prior to the November concert, which might well be October 22nd from past custom. There will also be a need to feature a string rehearsal so I will issue a new rehearsal schedule for 1st October onwards, confirming all details, once I have liaised with our new conductor.

Full orchestrations of the complete December concert will be given in the next communication. The February concert is entitled ‘Pirate Gold’ and was to feature Thom Meredith as principal Pirate. Unfortunately Thom cannot be with us so, this time, we are currently looking for a replacement pirate/compere – ideas welcome. This programme will be completed very soon.

Each of the 2019/20 seasons’ concerts features a strings-only piece designed not only to appeal to our string players but also attract new players. Please show the attached seasons’ programmes to any aspiring string player that you feel might like to join us.

The attachment is my working document of our 2019/20 season including titles, dates, programmes and orchestrations. I have also included the 2020/21 season dates for reference and, as no programmes have yet been assigned to most of the 2020/21 concerts, the OMT is inviting repertoire suggestions from orchestra members as we last did about 3 years ago. The February 2021 concert is aiming to be a Computer Games Music concert if we can sort copyright otherwise it’s still open to suggestions. You might like to think of composer anniversaries or just select pieces that you would like us to perform in 2020/21. For example December 2020 is the 250thanniversary of the birth of Beethoven which could give the opportunity of an all-Beethoven concert in November or December 2020. I personally have suggested Leonora 3 Overture, Violin Concerto and 5th Symphony but all ideas are welcome. Please send your seasons’ suggestions, as well as AGM suggestions, to Ruth.

The music is already in our folders ready for a prompt start on 3rd September. Parts for all four pieces are also available on line if you wish to look at your part in advance: For the Wagner you get the whole opera so the overture (vorspiel) is the first 3 or 4 pages only






Best wishes

David Robinson,

Orchestral Manager and Librarian