The Occasional Orchestra

13th June 2023

The Occasional Orchestra offers students a unique opportunity to participate in a large ensemble and to develop their musicianship skills alongside other instrumentalists from a wide range of age and ability levels in an atmosphere that is challenging and fun.  One of the most valuable aspects of the event is the contribution made by our older more experienced students who take on the role of mentors to our younger students.

The timetable for the day will be as follows:

  •     4:00pm – 4.15pm       Assemble and set-up – please do not arrive before 3:55pm to allow the safe departure of the Academy’s students.

Henlow Academy will take over the duty of care once you have signed your child in

  •     4.15pm – 5.30pm       Rehearse
  •     5.30pm – 6.00pm       Break for packed tea
  •     6.00pm – 6:30pm       Concert for parents and friends

Please could students be encouraged to bring their own named music stand and for double basses and cellos their ‘black holes’ for their spikes. Please collect all equipment at the end of the concert.

Concert dress: School uniform

Please bring a packed tea and drink. Please be aware Henlow Academy is a nut free school.

Parents, family and friends will be very welcome to come along to the concert at 6.00pm. Please indicate how may tickets you require on the reply form.

Teachers and staff from Henlow Academy will be taking the duty of care of your child after you have dropped them off.  Parents/carers will be responsible for taking their child home at the end of the concert at approximately 6:30pm.

If you wish your child to take part, please complete and return either the google form or the attached consent form returned to Henlow Academy by Monday 19th June 2023. Please be aware that late replies will not be accepted as we wish to send the music to you for you child to practice prior to the event.

Yours sincerely


Mrs B Fordham

Head of Music