WORKSHOP & CHORUS
At the end of every term, Devon Philharmonic provides workshop opportunities for composers, conductors and amateur soloists. If you are interested in finding out more please contact us.
Occasionally, Devon Philharmonic Orchestra performs orchestral works which require a chorus. In recent years, this has included performances of Orff's Carmina Burana and Geyer's reimagining of Elgar's Enigma Variations. If you would like to be considered for one of these projects, please contact us.
Devon Philharmonic's ethos is to provide its players, usually numbering around 75 – 80, with the opportunity to perform a range of challenging and diverse music, alongside the standard repertoire. The orchestra is a friendly and welcoming orchestra but there is currently considerable pressure on places and consequently there may be a waiting list to join some sections of the orchestra.
String players should ideally have recent orchestral experience and attained a minimum of ABRSM grade 8 or an equivalent qualification. Although there are currently no formal auditions, if a place is available you may be invited for a few weeks’ playing before membership is confirmed.
Vacancies arising in the woodwind, brass or percussion sections are usually filled by those who have previously played with the orchestra in some capacity such as while deputising for our regular players or when additional players are required for large non-standard repertoire.
Please contact us if you are interested in joining the orchestra or to be considered for deputising.
ASSOCIATE CONDUCTORS SCHEME
The orchestra operates a scheme allowing members of the orchestra to deputise for the Music Director on occasions when he is unavailable. The orchestra currently has four associate conductors that are given opportunities during the year to rehearse the orchestra.
If you are involved with one of DPO's projects, please login and then click here to access the member's area of the site.
REHEARSAL SCHEDULE 2020
Spring session: Scherazade, Vltava, Firebird
Stravinsky (tutti): Smetana
Stravinsky (no brass)
Sectionals wind with Leo, brass with Alfie, strings separate then with Janet & Clare.
NB 5th March - Come and Play Rimsky with Storytelling: if you have friends or pupils who'd like to take part, please speak to the relevant section leader/principal, and if necessary consult Tricia, Serena or Prue about music. As usual, anyone who just wants to come and listen is welcome too.
March 12, 19, 26
APRIL 2 & 9 - EASTER BREAK NO REHEARSAL
April 16 & 23
Friday April 24 - rehearsal in Cathedral 7.30 - 9.30
Saturday April 25 daytime runthrough in Cathedral, concert 7.30
April 23, 30
MAY 7 - EVE OF V.E. DAY (BANK HOLIDAY ON 8 MAY) NO REHEARSAL
May 14, 21
June 4, 11, 18, 25
Friday June 26
Saturday June 27 - run through from 12, family matinée concert 3-4 p.m. evening concert 7 p.m.
Thursday July 2nd - Concerto workshop, open to all members - if you would like to perform a short work, or part of a longer one. please make this known to Leo or another member of the committee fairly soon. Followed by bring-and-share supper, venue permitting.