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Welcome to the Webpage of the Rehearsal Orchestra

(Formally Poole Arts Centre Rehearsal Orchestra, PACRO)

For any issues relating to this webpage please email Steve Johnston  []

Conductor: Martin Henderson

 Leader: Lara Carter

Our aim is to enjoy playing classical music in a relaxed atmosphere, without the pressure of performances. Just as some people meet in small groups to play chamber music, we meet to play orchestral music in an informal way. We have a professional  leader and conductor, members come from all walks of life and are of varying musical standards.  What we all have in common is a desire to enjoy music in a friendly environment and to improve our musicianship and ensemble playing.


New members of all standards are always welcome (particularly strings, percussion, brass including horns). Please feel free to come and either listen or take part. Subscription for a term is £65, (plus 20p each week for tea and biscuits!). There would be a significant discount for full time students. At the end of each term we usually have an informal “play-through” for family and friends with refreshments afterwards.

Rehearsals take place from 7.30 pm until about 9.30 pm on Monday evenings at St Paul's Church, Culliford Crescent, Canford Heath during term time. We generally play through parts of two different works, with a tea break and a chat at around 8.30 pm!


Summer 2024  
April 15 - July 15 (no rehearsal May 6 and 27 May) 
Felix Mendelssohn: Overture Ruy Blas  Op. 95
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2  Op.73

Spring 2024
8 January - 18 March
(no rehearsal 12 February)
Tchaikovsky:  Symphony 5 (Breitkopf and Hartel)
Wagner:  Meistersinger Overture  (Breitkopf) 

Please print your own copy of the music. Do consider using Adobe Acrobat reader to print copies as large as possible (110% or 120%). Please ensure you have bar numbers and rehearsal marks.

Autumn 2023

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 
Carl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe Overture

Summer 2023

Berlioz: Roman Carnival overture
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
soloist Sam Hanson
Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2

Rehearsal Information

No repeat in movement 1.

Movement 1 beat in one.

Contacts and Venue

New members of all standards are always welcome (particularly strings, percussion, brass including horns).

Please feel free to come and listen or take part.

For further information, please contact:

Alison Sepping (01202 708649 or email .


We rehearse at St Paul's Church, Culliford Crescent, Canford Heath, Poole BH17 9DW -  see map and pictures below below:


Speedshifter is free software that enables you to play along with any music on your device at a speed of your choice.

Downloading and printing your music enables you to keep, mark and practise - if you want - from your own copy.

Musescore is a free scoring package with many scores including Beethoven 5 on line.

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