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03 Jun 2017

Who's up for more Mahler??

For those who weren't at the AGM today, we're delighted to announce details of our weekend project 2018.

  • 6th-8th April 2018

  • Mahler, Symphony No. 2

  • Conductor: Frank Zielhorst

  • Chorus Master: Gavin Carr


For those not familiar with Gavin, he is currently Chorus Master of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus as well as a guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Chorus and the Philharmonia Chorus.


He has had a distinguished career as a singer in his own right. He sang the title role in The Barber of Seville for English National Opera opposite Lesley Garrett, and also appeared as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and St Ignatius in Four Saints in Three Acts for them.


Other current music directorships include the Bath Minerva Choir, and his own professional choir, Chorus Angelorum, with whom he recorded two of his brother Paul Carr’s large scale choral works.


We're very excited to be working with him on this project, as well as welcoming back the ever-popular and much-loved Frank.


More details on how you can sign up to follow in due course.


All the best,


30 May 2017

Rehearsal schedule

Hi all,


Victor has been in touch with the following approximate rehearsal schedule for the next few rehearsals:


Sunday 4th: 11h Rachmaninov - ca 14h30 Beethoven without soloist

Sunday 18th: 12h Beethoven - ca 14h Rachmaninov

Sunday 25th: 12h30 Rachmaninov - 14h15 Beethoven


The rehearsal on Thu 15th June will involve sectionals and we'll let you know more details following this Sunday's rehearsal.


All the best,


13 May 2017

25 June concert details...

Hi all,


Not long until our first rehearsal for the summer concert! Seemed like a good time to get in touch with details (see below).


If you're receiving this email it's because you've said you're playing. We would ask that at this stage, if for any reason you are unable to play you would assist us in finding a dep.


Unless you have already told us otherwise, we are assuming you will be at all rehearsals. Please do let us know as soon as possible if this has changed.


We're still looking for 2-3 more percussionists. If anyone knows anyone who might be keen to join us, please let me know.


Best wishes,





Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (soloist: Samantha Carrasco)

Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Conductor: Victor Aviat

Leader: Barbel Glaser



Friday 26 May, 7.15-9.45pm, Bournemouth School for Girls

Sunday 4 June, 11am-4pm, Bournemouth School for Girls

Thursday 15 June, 7.15-9.45pm, Bournemouth School for Girls

Sunday 18 June, 12-5pm, Parkstone Grammar School

Sunday 25 June, 12.30-3.30pm, Parkstone Grammar School



Sunday 25 June, 5pm, Parkstone Grammar School



For Bournemouth School for Girls, enter via the side entrance on East Way. We rehearse in the performing arts centre adjacent to the car park.

For Parkstone Grammar, park in the main car park and enter via the main entrance. We will be rehearsing in the main hall.



Music is available for both pieces to download and print via imslp. Links are below.

Beethoven -,_Op.73_(Beethoven,_Ludwig_van)

Rachmaninov -,_Op.27_(Rachmaninoff,_Sergei)



Please remember to bring the following to each rehearsal:

  • A mug for tea/coffee

  • A 40p contribution towards refreshments

  • A music stand



Good news! You can now buy your tickets online via our website! Link is here -


We've put up the 'on the day' ticket price to £13 but kept the 'in advance' price at £10. Under 18s remains remain free of charge. 


All the more reason to get your tickets in advance!

21 Apr 2017

Exciting announcements - next season, repertoire, soloists, conductors, AGM...

Hi all,

A few exciting and important announcements below:

AGM + expanding committee
This is official notice that our AGM will be taking place on Sunday 4th June during the lunch break of our rehearsal that day. As well as all the usual stuff, we will be looking to vote on new members to the committee. Might you be interested in joining us? Fancy being part of a dynamic team? Keen to make a difference to the local music scene? Want to help Magna thrive? Then consider joining us! We're particularly keen to hear from you if you might be interested in any of the following areas - stage management, publicity, friends/members scheme. We are looking for 1-2 people to join the committee and would ask that if you are interested you send me (Chris) an email in the first instance to express interest.


Next season
I am really pleased to be able to announce the majority of our 2017/18 season and it looks set to be a really exciting one! There are still a few things to finalise and I'll let you have this as soon as it is. Please take note of the dates and pop them in your diaries - they are all confirmed. As per this season, section fixers will be in touch on a concert-by-concert basis to confirm availability.


I'm also very happy to announce that, following our wonderful weekend with Frank, we will be running another weekend project next year in the Easter holidays. We are still in early discussions at the moment so I can't say exactly which weekend yet but as soon as I have more details I'll let you know.

Here are the confirmed details for next season:

CONCERT: 14th Oct 17
REHEARSALS: 14th Sep eve
24th Sep Sunday
5th October evening
8th October Sunday
Ibert, Flute Concerto
Franck, Symphony in Dm
CONDCUCTOR: Frank Zeilhorst
SOLOIST: Hannah Scott


CONCERT: 16th Dec 17
Christmas concert with Salvacosta


CONCERT: 10th Feb 18
REHEARSALS: 18th Jan evening
21st Jan all day
1st Feb evening
4th Feb all day
REPERTOIRE: Beethoven, Leonore overture No. 3
Mozart, Sinfonia concertante
Schumann, Symphony No 4
CONDUCTOR: Susanna Riddell
SOLOISTS: Helena Bartlett & Nathalie Green Buckley (both local and currently playing with NYO)


CONCERT: 16th June 18
REHEARSALS: 20th May all day
24th May evening
7th June evening
10th June all day
REPERTOIRE: Sibelius, Finlandia
Piece tbc
Coates, London Suite
Gershwin, American in Paris
CONDUCTOR: Cayenna Ponchione

25 Oct 2016

News/updates - October 2016

** 22 October 2016 concert ------------------------------------------------------------


On behalf of the committee, a huge thank you to all involved in the concert on Saturday. From all the reports I've had, it was a resounding success. Paying audience numbered 105, which is a little under target but still very heathy. I've had a number of emails congratulating us, including the following from Michael Foyle:


Dear Chris,


Just to let you know that it was a huge pleasure to meet and play with Magna Sinfonia - a high-level, warm-hearted and quality group of musicians. It was great fun to play Bruch with them, and renew the collaboration with Tom, so thank you for inviting me.


All best wishes and thanks,



It was a tough programme and tough time-frame but the consensus is that we pulled it off!


** Next concerts ------------------------------------------------------------


Our next concert is on Saturday 10 December at St Aldhelm's Church in conjunction with Salvacosta vocal harmony group. It'll consist of some lighter Christmas-themed music. We're restricted on space so this will feature a smaller orchestra.


Our next main concert is then on Saturday 4 February 2017. The programme is:

* Samuel, On This Precious Earth (a Dorset premier)

* Copland, Apalachian Spring

* Sibelius, Symphony No. 1


Conductor: Cayenna Ponchione (


All rehearsal dates are on the website ( under the members area ( .


A few other members of the committee will be taking on booking players (See below) and will be in touch in the next week or two to invite you to play.


Violins: Ben

Violas/woodwind/percussion: Chris

Cellos and basses: Christina Leigh

Brass: Julian


** Subs ------------------------------------------------------------


We had a committee meeting last night at which it was agreed we will introduce a reduced subs for people in full-time education of £15. We discussed the idea of collecting subs in advance but decided that we will continue to collect subs at the first rehearsal.


** Rehearsal pattern ------------------------------------------------------------ We are in the process of reviewing the pattern of rehearsals, both when they happen in relation to the concert and also the structure of the rehearsals themselves. We have recognised that the pattern adopted for this concert meant many felt they didn't have enough time to do their own personal practice. Also, starting the second rehearsal with less than a week to go meant a certain amount of panic! We don't intend to increase rehearsal time but will be looking to spread rehearsals out a bit more and include some sectional time. This will be to implement for the June concert as dates for February have already been published.


As always, if you have any thoughts/feedback we're always keen to hear from you!


** Members Facebook page ------------------------------------------------------------


If you haven't yet done so, do sign up to our members facebook page ( . (NOTE: This is different to our public facebook page). It's a private group and we use it to communicate important messages.

12 Oct 2016

Rehearsal details

Hi all,

Please find below rehearsal schedules for the next two rehearsals.

On another note, please do all you can to help us sell loads of tickets! We're actually 12 players down on what we had anticipated which has had a rather worrying impact on the orchestra's finances.

Clearly this sort of situation happening regularly would make the orchestra unsustainable. We're really keen to make sure Magna Sinfonia is working for those who want to be part of it so we'll be seeking your opinion on a few ideas moving forward which include paying subs in advance of the first rehearsal, paying subs annually, changing the pattern of rehearsals. If you've got any thoughts on any of this then do let us know.

All the best,
Chris and the committee

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER - Bournemouth School for Girls
11.00  Strings only  Shostakovich/Dhondy
12.00  Wind/Brass/Perc join  Tutti  12.00 Dhondy   12.45 Shostakovich
1.00-1.30  Wind/Brass only  Shostakovich
2.00  Strings only 
2.20  Tutti  Shostakovich 
3.40  Tutti  Sibelius
4.30  Tutti Bruch  

THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER - St Peter's Church
Strings, Wind, Horns, Tpts (lower brass and perc not required)

7.15-8.40  Bruch
9.00-9.45  Shostakovich Movt 3 and other bits and pieces

27 Sep 2016

Info for players re. next concert

Please find attached a copy of the email that has gone out to all players in the next concert. Info on rehearsals starting this Sunday!

08 Aug 2016

Magna committee expands!

Following on from our recent AGM, we are delighted to welcome three new members to the committee - Hannah Scott (flute), Clare Whitehead (oboe) and Christina Leigh (cello).

09 Jul 2016

Winter rehearsal/concert dates announced!

Rehearsal dates for our winter concert have been confirmed. These are now listed on our 'Dates' page. Take a look and put them in your diary!

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