Open Rehearsal

Our recent Open Rehearsal was a great success.  One participant commented:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to experience the orchestra practice, thank you to all – it was wonderful to be amongst the musicians and I was truly so impressed with whole evening.  It was an huge learning curve to understand the conductor who actually is normally a person who we (audience) see more of his back than what he is doing – I have great respect for this now.  Each time he had a few bars played and then repeated you could hear the difference quite significantly.

I loved the music and was so impressed with all the musicians I talked to, questioned, stared at – especially the clarinettists, bassoon and French horn player – so friendly and obviously enjoying the evening too – so many smiling faces – it was wonderful and what a great job!

I would love to attend the community orchestra and learn more about being a patron.”

Katie Derham to be BHSO’s President!

We’re delighted to announce that Katie Derham is to be the Orchestra’s new President. Katie has been presenting the BBC Proms since 2010, as well as hosting Radio 3’s Afternoon on Three and Breakfast programmes. This autumn she is also appearing in Strictly Come Dancing.

Katie says that she feels honoured to be asked to be our President. We look forward to seeing her at one of our concerts soon.

Community Orchestra!

Poster for Community Orchestra

The Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra is proud to be working with Ensemble Reza on a Community Orchestra. This unique project is open to anyone who plays an orchestral instrument, and would like to take part. The Orchestra will work on a number of pieces from the BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative, and will perform in a final concert at the King’s Church on 26th November.

BHSO members will take part in the workshops, as will members of Ensemble Reza. Lots of coaching and support will be on offer, so don’t be shy!  If you have an instrument which has been gathering dust for a few years, or if you just don’t have other instrumentalists to play along with, this is your chance to get involved.

This web page gives full details of the dates and venues for each workshop.  If you want to take part, please contact Hannah Carter.