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Winter Workshop 2024

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After the success of the 2023 Winter Workshop, we have decided to do another one in January 2024. Like last year, it will be a full day workshop to rehearse and perform some large-scale music with a big orchestra including percussion. We've chosen a single piece this time:  Rachmaninov's last big work, the Symphonic Dances. Come and join us to discover this epic masterpiece, full of bold, driving rhythms as well as some of his most poignant melodies.

Sergei Rachmaninov:  Symphonic Dances

Conductor: John Beswick

Leader: David Burton

Venue:  Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East, Reigate RH2 8BD

Date: Saturday 6 January 2024, 10am - 6pm, with informal performance at 5pm

Cost: free for orchestra members, £25 for non-members to help cover costs (£15 for students)

Spaces available for string players

wind / brass / percussion by invitation

Approximate timetable:

Morning session: Strings, woodwind and horns only

10.00 - 11.10 full rehearsal

11.10 - 11.30 break and refreshments

11.30 - 12.20 sectionals

12.30 - 1.00 full rehearsal

1.00 - 2.00 lunch. Recommended to bring your own lunch, as the shops are a 10-15 minute walk away

Afternoon session: Everyone (strings, woodwind, brass, percussion)

2.00 - 3.15 full rehearsal

3.15 - 3.30 break

3.30 - 4.30 full rehearsal

4.30 - 5.00 break and refreshments

5.00 - 5.40 informal performance. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Suggested donation: £10

If you want a sneak peek at the music, parts are available on IMSLP 

To apply to participate, please contact us via the "Contact Us" page, or email us at

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