Blog 7: Rehearsal Etiquette


Rehearsal Etiquette

It is important that rehearsals are stimulating and enjoyable. This can best be achieved if members:

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the rehearsal to warm up – your instrument should be fully warmed up before the oboe gives the A or your tuning will not be successful
  • Practise their parts – this is the best way to support the other players
  • Bring a pencil to mark parts lightly as necessary
  • Bring a music stand
  • Don’t make unnecessary noise at any time – tapping feel, whispering. When the conductor calls halt there is a temptation to turn to your desk partner to discuss what you just played but remember that the conductor called halt in order to say something, and his words take priority
  • Listen – both to what is said and what is being played
  • Watch the conductor
  • Attend regularly. Try not to miss more than 2 rehearsals a session at most. Give as much notice as possible. Do your best to find a dep. if you know you will be unable to attend the rehearsal and ensure that your music will be available to them


Tim Leighton, Chair

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