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2017-18 rehearsals

Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.45 pm at the Elmgreen School, Tulse Hill.

Spring 2018

13 March ALL SAINTS 19.45 start

1945 Elgar
2100 Beethoven
2145 End (possibly a little later)

17 March CONCERT

1400 Beethoven
1500 Lee
1515 Break
1535 Elgar
1700 End at latest

Summer 2018

First rehearsal 17 April (tbc)
Half term 29 May
Final rehearsal 26 June
Concert 30 June

Future DSO concert dates
2018: 30 June; 17 November
2019: 30 March; 6 July

Rehearsal venue
(unless otherwise stated)

Elmgreen School
Elmcourt Road SE27 9BZ

Please bring a stand.
Nearest rail: Tulse Hill

elmgreen Logo


Guardian article about the Elmgreen School (September 2013).

Car parking change: use the school car park behind the school – entrance at left-hand side of the school (nearest to the South Circular Road). Upon arrival, press the access button and the gate will be opened. The spaces immediately in front of the school should be left for those with heavy instruments or experiencing mobility difficulties.

Please try to avoid using the neighbouring streets since local residents cannot park in the evenings when all on-street places are taken-up by those visiting the school.




concert dress

All black.

repertoire, playing opportunities etc

The London Amateur Musicians Network (Lamnet) has been launched to support fixing and recruitment to orchestral and chamber music groups.


If you are playing in a concert which you want to publicise on this site, or have another musical organisation you would like to link to from this site, email the details to DSO.

Bowed string parts

Bowed parts for violins1 and 2 and viola are on the parts page.

Photos taken by Ingrid Beazley at DSO's rehearsal on 29 November 2010 can now be seen on Flickr.



admin, subscriptions etc


Subscriptions are £70 and £35 (concessions).

Gift aid: download the form here and return to the Treasurer.

committee business

Minutes of committee meetings are on the committee page.

parts: a message from the librarians

This is how the librarians try to ensure that parts are available each week for players and don't get lost:

  • The librarians prepare the music folders before the start of term so that each desk has a full set of parts. If any parts are not present then an explanatory note is included in the folder.

  • Each music folder is labeled as to which desk it is for and the parts in the folder are similarly identified. The folder and the music are the responsibility of the player(s) assigned to that specific desk.

  • Spare music, when there is any, is usually only extra string parts; occasionally double wind parts are provided.

Any spare music is not generally available at the rehearsal venue but can be made available by prior arrangement or collected after a rehearsal – contact Tess Crilly (violin) in person or email

leaving and rejoining the orchestra

Sometimes members are unable to take part in the orchestra for a period of time but would like to return in the future. If you find yourself in this situation you should inform your section leader, or the Secretary, as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.







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