Introduction to the 2019-20 season

Welcome to the 2019-2020 season of OCMC concerts. The new calendar follows a similar pattern to last season’s. Most of the familiar fixtures are there, including:

  • Our AGM on Saturday 26 October 2019 in the Housman Room at 5.30pm. All members are welcome – you have a vote! The AGM Concert, which follows immediately afterwards, will include Holst’s Moorside Suite and Strauss’s Metamorphosen in acknowledgement of the 70th anniversary of the composer’s death.
  • The Joint Concert on Tuesday 12 November 2019 with the UCL Chamber Music Club.
  • Nothing Too Serious! on Saturday 14 December 2019 – our traditional lighter pre-Christmas entertainment.
  • New Members’ Concert on Saturday 8 February 2020. Our Membership Secretary Geneviève has already contacted those of you who recently joined the Club. If you haven’t yet responded please consider taking part.
  • The Concerto Workshop on Saturday 7 March 2020 in the Housman Room. Here soloists have the opportunity to perform with the Club Orchestra. There is no prior rehearsal, though there will be time during the afternoon for a limited amount of preparation e.g. rehearsing awkward passages with the soloist. Any work will be considered, though exceptionally complex works or those requiring unusual or very large instrumental forces are less likely to be accepted than more standard repertoire. Don’t forget that the orchestra will be sight-reading!
    • Submissions from soloists should be made to the Music Secretary by 31 October 2019. A small committee to include this season’s conductor Ed Kay will decide who is to perform and will inform the applicants as soon as possible thereafter.
    • Orchestral players – please note this date in your diary.
  • The Concert of Operatic Ensembles on Saturday 28 March 2020. Please contact Rogelio Aguilar for details.
  • Strings Play Day on Sunday 26 April 2020 – an ‘out of town’ event at the home of Robert and Deborah Behrman. Let them or Peter Wall know if you would like to attend.
  • Open Concerts. These are without specific themes and are open to all members. If there are too many requests priority will be given to items involving members who have performed the least number of times in the current and previous season. Depending on the submissions received from members it may be necessary to limit submission length, for instance, to 10 minutes or another duration depending on demand.
  • The Club Opera/Oratorio. This is still in the very early stages of discussion and the work to be performed has yet to be decided. We shall let you know about audition and rehearsal details once they are finalised.

Club Composers’ Concert

Unfortunately there was no room in this season’s schedule for a concert dedicated to Club composers. It may be that the 2020-2021 season will provide an opportunity, but in any case you are always free to approach organisers with a view to performing works written by members of the Club.

Notes for Concert Organisers (Organisers’ Guide)

If you are organising a concert it’s important that you read and understand the Guide, which contains a lot of helpful information about procedures for organising Club concerts. But even if you’re not organising this year the Guide will help you to understand how things are done.

You can view the Guide in the Members’ area of the website.


The Club’s website is there for your benefit. Explore it and make the most of it.

Amendments sometimes have to be made to the concert schedule. You’ll be informed by email of significant changes (e.g. date and venue) but it’s advisable to check the list occasionally. Don’t just assume that nothing will change during the course of the year.

Finally, a few general points:

  • Don’t wait to be invited to take part in a concert. If you want to perform in a particular concert, contact the organiser. Don’t just say ‘I’d like to play something’. Being specific about what you want to perform will improve your chances of being accepted.
  • Concert Organisers are asked to give plenty of time for members to put themselves forward before finally confirming who will be in their programme. The organiser will acknowledge receipt of your application. However, if the concert is many months away you may not receive immediate confirmation unless you say that you need to know because of the difficulty of the piece, or if it needs a large number of performers, etc. Please note however that there is no ‘first come first served’ in normal concerts.  You won’t increase your chances of acceptance by applying early.
  • We constantly find that the quality of our concerts isn’t matched by the numbers in the audience. Please come to as many concerts as you can, even if you aren’t performing.  And bring friends and family too.
  • If you’re performing in a concert please stay to the end out of courtesy to the organiser and the other performers. If you have a genuine reason for leaving early please notify the organiser as soon as possible, preferably in advance of the concert.

As always, a word of thanks to Mike Crowe, Graham Bowler and the Committee for their help and support. Thanks also to Chris Crocker for his sterling support as webmaster and the hours he puts in keeping the website running smoothly.

I look forward to another year of high-quality music making and hope to see you and your guests at our events, whether as performers or listeners.

Chris Underhill
Music Secretary
August 2019