As I mentioned earlier, I had a rehearsal with Ben today on our Gillingham piece and I must say, it was the most productive rehearsal we have had in a long time.
Going into the rehearsal with a game plan, really cut down on deciding what to do. Without hesitation, we started the opening movement. We also made use of the Wenger recording rooms. We ran each movement, then immediately listened to it and made markings regarding what we did wrong. Then we ran it again, and fixed what went wrong.
BRING PENCILS TO REHEARSALS. I cannot emphasize this enough, how many times have you missed an entrance or played back a recording, the made the infamous "mental note" and made the same mistake the very next rehearsal.
We made use of the loud speakers for the metronome when we were working on the second movement and gradually worked the tempo from a snail speed to performance tempo. It's really eye opening when we don't forget the easy stuff. It was almost like we were cheating!