Rehearsal Information for Players


St. James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, London, W2 3UD
Nearest tubes: Lancaster Gate and Paddington

COVID considerations

Rules have now been relaxed in England, but we would still ask that you do not attend the rehearsal or the concert if you:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • believe you may be infected with COVID-19, whether you have symptoms or not
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 10 days
  • have been in close proximity with anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 10 days
  • have arrived in England in the last 10 days from a country where English quarantine restrictions apply
  • have been instructed to self-isolate


There is no parking at the church other than for special cases (e.g. delivery of heavy instruments) and parking near the church is limited.  If you bring a car, you will not be permitted to park it in the church grounds.  Details can be found here. The church is very near Lancaster Gate tube (about 3 mins walk) and not far from Paddington (c. 7 min walk) so unless absolutely necessary we suggest that people use public transport where possible.  Please check for planned tube closures.


As always, we won’t be charging a formal subscription fee, but we do depend on donations from the orchestra to cover the venue, music and equipment hire.  We really DO rely on players’ contributions to keep the orchestra afloat.  Our suggested donation is £20, but if you can afford more, that would really help the orchestra.  If £20 is too much, then any contribution, no matter how small, would be most welcome.  If possible, please would you transfer funds electronically to the bank account below, adding a reference including your surname and instrument so that we know where the money has come from:

Barclays – Account Number: 3088 6629

If that’s not possible, we will be collecting cash or cheques on Saturday too.

Rehearsal Schedule

This is the draft schedule for Saturday 17 September 2022, based on previous years. Small adjustments may be made later.

10:15: Setting up
11:00 – 13:00: Strings & Woodwind
13:30 – 14:15: Brass
14:15 – 16:45: Full (Strings, woodwind, brass, percussion); break at some point in the middle of this session
17:00: Informal performance: Full
17:45: Tidy up & finish

Please stay around afterwards if possible to get the church tidied up and seating back into its usual layout. Please don’t leave it all to the committee members, so that they can get to the pub along with those of you who choose to go!

Details of rehearsal on the afternoon of the concert day (Saturday 24 September 2022) will follow.

Dress Code

All black for concert day. Note that changing facilities at the church are limited – there is no separate green room.

Parts and stands

Please bring a music stand and any parts in your possession.  String players should also bring any practice parts they have printed out in case we find ourselves short.  If you have not received the link to the parts or cannot access the files on the website, please let me know.  Please make sure you only use soft pencils on all the parts.

Cello and Double Bass Spikes / Percussion

All instruments with spikes and any equipment resting on sharp edges must use floor protectors.  Please bring these with you.


We provide coffee, tea and biscuits for a small contribution.  Please be aware that no food or drink is allowed on the altar.

I hope that this covers everything, but should you have any queries or note any inaccuracies, please mail me at  See you all in September.