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Information for Members


NEWS - New Conductor

Dan Watson

We are delighted to announce that Dan Watson has agreed to be our new conductor from September 2017. Dan is a freelance UK-based conductor developing his career through a varied portfolio of engagements. He currently holds principal conductorships with The People’s Orchestra, Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra, Leicestershire Schools Wind Orchestra, Stratford-Upon-Avon Symphony Orchestra, Thumb contemporary music ensemble, and is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Solihull Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of Eroica Camerata. Recently Dan worked as Musical Director with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in a production of Brecht’s The Mother.

He also has a particular interest in contemporary music. He is conductor and Artistic Director of Thumb contemporary music ensemble, and recently won a Musicians Benevolent Fund Emerging Excellence Award on behalf of Thumb. In addition, he has worked with distinguished composers such as Howard Skempton, Joe Cutler and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He also conducted several performances of Michael Wolters' 20x12 Cultural Olympiad commission, The Voyage, in Birmingham and at London's Southbank Centre, also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Key dates

Mon 4th Sept 2017 First rehearsal after Summer Break
Fri 24th Nov 2017 Pre-concert rehearsal
Sat 25th Nov 2017 Autumn Concert



Autumn Concert - 25th November 2017

Rehearsals for our Autumn Concert start on 4th Sept after our summer break, when we look forward to welcoming Dan Watson as our new conductor. The programme for the Concert is listed below. We are in the process of sourcing music so you should not have to print any from IMSLP although if you wanted a preview before the rehearsals start in September you could always download it yourself.

---Composer--- ----Composition---- --------Manuscript--------- ----Listening----
Rossini Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers Music will be provided
If you want to preview, click here
Youtube track
Bizet Selected movements from the two Carmen Suites Music will be provided
We have not yet selected which movements to play, but the complete suites are No 1 and No 2.
Youtube complete suite No 1 Youtube complete suite No 2
Dvořák Symphony No 6 Music will be provided
If you want to preview, click here
Youtube track



Rehearsals and Membership Info

Rehearsals are held at the Sherwood Rise site of the Djanogly City Academy, NG7 7AR (See map) on Monday evenings starting at 7.00 pm, but if you are able to arrive a few minutes early to help put out chairs, that is really helpful. We have a refreshment break at 'half time' and 3 members of the Orchestra are rostered each week to provide this:- one to set up before the practice starts; a second to boil the kettles then, with the third, to serve the refreshments and tidy away afterwards. Please check the Rota to see when you are scheduled. Rehearsals finish at 9.15 pm so we can clear away by 9.30.

Subs are currently £60 per year, and should be paid by standing order - either annually in January, or quarterly in November, February, May and August. Please contact the treasurer, Roger Kilby, for standing order information. The one exception to this is that full-time student membership is free - so don't forget to tell Roger if you already are (or if you become) a student!