Hertfordshire Philharmonia Newsletter, July 2006

The 2005-6 season

With just days to go before our last concert of the season, it is fair to judge this season a success, thanks to all members for their hard work and flexibility when short-notice changes hit our schedule.

The 2006-7 season:

Provisional details overleaf.

New Constitution

At the special meeting on 29 June 2006, you agreed a new Constitution, which we shall now submit to the Charity Commission with our application for official "charity" status. If, as we hope, their approval comes through before the start of the 2006/7 season, you will be invited to make a simple "GiftAid" declaration alongside your subscription payment, which will enable the orchestra to recover about £1000 per season from the taxman.

Spacing of concerts

This season, we were lucky to get two fee-earning concerts, but they were only three weeks apart. We only just pulled off the second concert, which normally would have merited the usual five weeks’ rehearsals. The Admin Committee has decided, if we are so lucky as to have this problem again, to add extra rehearsals on other weekdays.

Rehearsal time

In response to members’ comments about late-evening rehearsal fatigue, from now on rehearsals will officially stop at 10.15pm. As now, we have to be out before the school gate is locked at 10.30pm.

Admin Committee Meetings are open to any member of the orchestra. They are usually on the Thursday following each concert. Please ask anybody listed below, for details of when and where.

You will be very welcome if you want to take an active role, perhaps by attending Admin Committee meetings or by putting yourself forward for election at the AGM… Just to reassure you if you do, the Herts Phil carries the usual public-liability and employers’ liability insurances, to protect us all.

Annual General Meeting

This is your notification that the Herts Phil's AGM, to look at this season's results and to elect next season's committee, will be on the first rehearsal next season, namely Thursday 21 September 2006, at 9pm at Applecroft School, WGC. More details below.

Who does what

Elected officers (until the AGM):

Chairman: Stuart Walker (violin)

Treasurer: Jeremy Goggins (bassoon)

Orchestra Manager: Stef Fano (violin)

Publicity: Jane Stott and sisters

Librarian: Stephen Latham (cello)

Secretary: Peter Neville (bass)

But you don’t have to be ‘elected’ to help! The following are some of our volunteers, and we welcome all help:

Rehearsal schedules/programmes: Ian Brown (violin)

Website: Francesca Wroe (viola)

Fixers: (see current rehearsal schedule)

Front Of House: John and Sheila Cox

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Hertfordshire Philharmonia orchestra will take place after the coffee break on 21st September 2006 (thus about 9pm), at Applecroft School, Applecroft Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6JZ. All players and Friends are welcome to attend, but voting is restricted to those who paid a subscription (including for the 100 Club) in the year 2005-6.

The business to be covered will include:

1 Chairman's welcome and report for the 2005-6 season

2 Treasurer's report for the 2005-6 season, and approval of accounts

3 Election of independent person to examine the next accounts [2006-7 season]

4 Election of Chairman, Treasurer, Orchestra Manager, Publicity Officer, Librarian and Secretary, and one further Trustee.

5 Do we want a "code of practice" regarding membership? covering e.g. minimum rehearsal attendance.

6 Any resolutions that have been proposed, anything else members wish to raise, and general discussion.

2006-7 Season Programme overleaf…


HP Newsletter, July 2006, page 2

Hertfordshire Philharmonia 2006/07 Season Programme

Latest position is as shown, but all details are still subject to change

All rehearsals (unless otherwise announced) are at Applecroft School, Applecroft Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6JZ., from 7.30pm to 10.15pm

All concerts start at 7.30pm and are preceded by a final rehearsal, at the concert venue, at 2.30pm.

21st October 2006, St Saviours Church, St Albans AL1 4DF (Sandpit Lane near Walton Street). Conductor: Patrick Bailey

Rehearsals: 21 Sep, 28 Sep (sectionals), 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct


Fanfare for the Common Man

0 0 0 0; 4 3 3 1; t p [tt BD]

3 mins


Symphony no 8 in B min D759 (Unfinished)

2 2 2 2; 2 2 3 0; t str

23 mins


Symphony no. 8 in C min, op. 65

4/2 2+1 2+1+Eb 3/1; 4 3 3 1; t 4p str

60 mins

Under consideration: 2 November 2006 Repertoire rehearsal at Applecroft School

Informal risk-free opportunity to try new works, new players, a new conductor

Christmas concert 2nd December 2006, St Mary’s Church, Potters Bar EN6 1QQ (near eastern end of The Walk), Conductor: not needed

Rehearsals: 23 Nov, 30 Nov.


Music for brass ensemble – details to be confirmed


Movements from the Water Music Suite

Available forces


Last movement from Suite no 2 in B min BWV1067

1 0 0 0; 0 0 0 0; str cont


Christmas Fantasy – to be written

1 0 0 0; 2 2 optional 3 trombones 0; str


Carols with audience and primary school choir

3rd February 2007, St Pauls Church, St Albans AL1 4JP (corner of Hatfield Road and Blandford Road), Conductor: Anthony Weeden

Rehearsals: 4 Jan, 11 Jan, 18 Jan (sectionals), 25 Jan, 1 Feb


Overture to Magic Flute K620

or at Anthony’s choice

Overture to Marriage of Figaro K492

2 2 2 2; 2 2 3 0; t str

2 2 2 2; 2 2 0 0; t str

8 mins

4 mins


Cello concerto in B min op 104

Soloist: Julian Metzger

2 2 2 2; 3 2 3 1; t str

40 mins


Symphony no 3 in C op 52

2 2 2 2; 4 2 3 0; t str

27 mins

17th March 2007, Methodist Church, High Street, Harpenden AL5 2RU (east side of High Street, Harpenden), Conductor: New conductor - to be confirmed

Rehearsals: 8 February tbc, 22 February, 1 March, 8 March, 15 March (Sectionals undecided)


Overture and Dance Scene from Ariadne auf Naxos op 60

2 2 2 2; 2 0 0 0; str

9 mins


Horn concerto no 3 in Eb K447 Soloist Ian Kille

0 0 2 2; 0 0 0 0; str

15 mins


Serenade for strings in E min op 20


12 mins


Symphony no 101 in D (Clock)

2 2 2 2; 2 2 0 0; t str

30 mins

19th May 2007, Homewood Rd United Reformed Church, (corner with Sandpit Lane), St Albans

Conductor: Jacques Cohen

Rehearsals: 19 April, 26 April (sectionals), 3 May venue tbc, 10 May, 17 May


Overture Leonore 3 op 72b

2 2 2 2; 4 2 3 0; t str

11 mins


Concerto for flute and harp K299

Soloists: Melanie Young and Peggy Guglielmino

0 2 0 0; 2 0 0 0; str

26 mins


Symphony no 5 in E minor op 64

3/1 2 2 2; 4 2 3 1; t str

48 mins

7th July 2007, St Mary’s Church, Potters Bar EN6 1QQ (near eastern end of The Walk)

Conductor: Adrian Brown

Rehearsals: 24 May, String sectional 7 June, Wind sectional 14 June, 21 June, 28 June, 5 July


Violin Concerto in B min op 61

2 2 2 2 (+1); 4 2 3 (1 opt); t str

50 mins


Symphony no 4 in E min op 98

2/1 2 2 2+1; 4 2 3 1; t (p opt) str

45 mins

Peter Neville, Secretary, 01438-714394