The  The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra is a charity registered in Scotland No SC022256 The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music Scotland - Supporting and Championing Voluntary Music
Rehearsal Schedule - January - March 2022
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Rehearsal Venue The Orchestra rehearses in Balshagray Victoria Park Church, located at Broomhill Cross, G11 7QA, in Glasgow’s West End. Access to the hall is via the door on Broomhill Gardens, up the right hand side of the church building. Parking is free on the hill and on the nearby streets, but it is a busy area, so parking can some times be tricky! Prior to each concert, the orchestra will endeavour to hold the final rehearsal at the concert venue, to give everyone a feel for the acoustic. Rehearsal Guidelines (Note - thes guidelines are superceded by the guidance above, until such times as the COVID restrictions are fully lifted. ) Please arrive at rehearsals in sufficient time to be ready to start playing at 7.30pm prompt! Rehearsals run until just before 10pm, with a short interval around 9pm, when coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits are available at a small charge. The orchestra is responsible for setting out chairs prior to each rehearsal, and for re-instating the accommodation at the end, so if you are able to lend a hand with this, that would be greatly appreciated. Many hands make light work ! Doodle Poll In order to make best use of our rehearsal time, we are using a web-based chart that allows everyone to indicate their attendance or absence at each rehearsal over the session. The orchestra constitution states that members should commit to achieving at least a 70% attendance record over each session. While we can’t plan for every eventuality, it is important that we all make every effort to be at each rehearsal wherever possible. Members will be given a link to the Doodle Poll in the start-back letter, which will come out in late August, and thereafter at the start of each new term. The first time you access the Poll, you will need to enter your name in the table. Then, for each rehearsal date please tick the box if you will be attending the rehearsal. There is no longer any option for possible attendance. When you are finished, click on the “Save” button underneath the date options, on the far right of the page. To modify your entries (for example, if you find that you can no longer attend a rehearsal), then simply return to the Poll using the email link.
The schedule of rehearsals for next term is currently being compiled. However, the first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 4 January.
Member Guidance for Return to Reherasals ATTENDANCE – PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY In order to protect others, it is very important that you do not attend rehearsals if you are unwell, or suspect you may have contracted COVID-19. LATERAL FLOW TESTS You are strongly encouraged to carry out a lateral flow test prior to attending Tuesday rehearsals. TOUCH POINT SANITISING Prior to each rehearsal, all relevant touch points will have been sanitised by a committee member. Please do not make contact with any surface unnecessarily. ENTRY AND EXIT Entry and exit will be via the Broomhill Gardens door, one person at a time. Someone will be there to direct you on arrival – please follow their instructions and go straight to your seat. The same procedure will be followed in reverse at the end of the rehearsal, so please be patient as this will take a little time. Please save chatting for outside! HAND SANITISING Hand sanitiser will be provided at the entrance/exit to the Hall. FACE COVERINGS You must wear a face covering when entering and leaving the building, and when moving around in the hall. This may be removed when seated for playing. TEST AND PROTECT A register of attendance, together with a note of the seating plan for each rehearsal, will be taken for Test and Protect purposes. INSTRUMENT CASES Coats, jackets etc must be kept on or under your seat. Instrument cases must also be kept under, or immediately adjacent to, your seat (exceptions will be made for cello and bass cases). Please note there will be no access to the small hall. SEAT COVERINGS The seats which we use for rehearsals are partly fabric covered, making them difficult to sanitise. For this reason, you will be required to provide a simple seat covering such as a towel or sheet, for your own seat. VENTILATION Windows and doors, other than fire doors, will be kept open during rehearsals to aid air flow. USE OF TOILET Only the toilet at the Broomhill Gardens entrance will be available for use. This will have been sanitised before the rehearsal by a committee member, and will have to be sanitised again after the rehearsal. Anyone using the toilet during rehearsal time must sanitise all touch points after use (materials will be provided).
Tuesday 4 Jan 2022
First rehearsal full orchestra run-through
Balshagray Victoria Park Church - 7.30pm
Monday 10 Jan
EGM to approve the Accounts
By Zoom - details to be issued
Tuesday 11 Jan
Rehearsal TBD
Balshagray Victoria Park Church - 7.30pm
Tuesday 18 Jan
Rehearsal TBD
Balshagray Victoria Park Church - 7.30pm
Tuesday 25 Jan
Rehearsal TBD
Balshagray Victoria Park Church - 7.30pm
Glasgow Chamber Orchestra
The GCO is a charity registered in Scotland No SC022256
Rehearsal Venue The Orchestra rehearses in B a l s h a g r a y Victoria Park C h u r c h , located at B r o o m h i l l Cross, G11 7QA, in Glasgow’s West End. Access to the hall is via the door on Broomhill Gardens, up the right hand side of the church building. Parking is free on the hill and on the nearby streets, but it is a busy area, so parking can some times be tricky! Prior to each concert, the orchestra will endeavour to hold the final rehearsal at the concert venue, to give everyone a feel for the acoustic. Rehearsal Guidelines (Note - thes guidelines are superceded by the guidance above, until such times as the COVID restrictions are fully lifted. ) Please arrive at rehearsals in sufficient time to be ready to start playing at 7.30pm prompt! Rehearsals run until just before 10pm, with a short interval around 9pm, when coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits are available at a small charge. The orchestra is responsible for setting out chairs prior to each rehearsal, and for re- instating the accommodation at the end, so if you are able to lend a hand with this, that would be greatly appreciated. Many hands make light work ! Doodle Poll In order to make best use of our rehearsal time, we are using a web-based chart that allows everyone to indicate their attendance or absence at each rehearsal over the session. The orchestra constitution states that members should commit to achieving at least a 70% attendance record over each session. While we can’t plan for every eventuality, it is important that we all make every effort to be at each rehearsal wherever possible. Members will be given a link to the Doodle Poll in the start-back letter, which will come out in late August, and thereafter at the start of each new term. The first time you access the Poll, you will need to enter your name in the table. Then, for each rehearsal date please tick the box if you will be attending the rehearsal. There is no longer any option for possible attendance. When you are finished, click on the “Save” button underneath the date options, on the far right of the page. To modify your entries (for example, if you find that you can no longer attend a rehearsal), then simply return to the Poll using the email link.
Rehearsal Schedule - January - March 2022

The schedule of rehearsals for next term is currently being compiled. However, the first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 4 January.
Tues 4 Jan 2022
Full orchestra rehearsal BVP - 7.30pm
Mon 10 Jan
EGM to approve Accounts - Zoom details to be issued
Tues 11 Jan
Rehearsal TBD
Tues 18 Jan
Rehearsal TBD
Tues 25 Jan
Rehearsal TBD
Member Guidance for Return to Reherasals ATTENDANCE – PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY In order to protect others, it is very important that you do not attend rehearsals if you are unwell, or suspect you may have contracted COVID-19. LATERAL FLOW TESTS You are strongly encouraged to carry out a lateral flow test prior to attending Tuesday rehearsals. TOUCH POINT SANITISING Prior to each rehearsal, all relevant touch points will have been sanitised by a committee member. Please do not make contact with any surface unnecessarily. ENTRY AND EXIT Entry and exit will be via the Broomhill Gardens door, one person at a time. Someone will be there to direct you on arrival – please follow their instructions and go straight to your seat. The same procedure will be followed in reverse at the end of the rehearsal, so please be patient as this will take a little time. Please save chatting for outside! HAND SANITISING Hand sanitiser will be provided at the entrance/exit to the Hall. FACE COVERINGS You must wear a face covering when entering and leaving the building, and when moving around in the hall. This may be removed when seated for playing. TEST AND PROTECT A register of attendance, together with a note of the seating plan for each rehearsal, will be taken for Test and Protect purposes. INSTRUMENT CASES Coats, jackets etc must be kept on or under your seat. Instrument cases must also be kept under, or immediately adjacent to, your seat (exceptions will be made for cello and bass cases). Please note there will be no access to the small hall. SEAT COVERINGS The seats which we use for rehearsals are partly fabric covered, making them difficult to sanitise. For this reason, you will be required to provide a simple seat covering such as a towel or sheet, for your own seat. VENTILATION Windows and doors, other than fire doors, will be kept open during rehearsals to aid air flow. USE OF TOILET Only the toilet at the Broomhill Gardens entrance will be available for use. This will have been sanitised before the rehearsal by a committee member, and will have to be sanitised again after the rehearsal. Anyone using the toilet during rehearsal time must sanitise all touch points after use (materials will be provided).