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Organisation

The Djanogly Community Orchestra is a Registered Charity No. 1084053. Our constitution states that the orchestra is managed by a committee – comprising three officers (Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer) and up to 5 other committeee members elected from members of the orchestra at the AGM. The committee are responsible for managing the resources of the orchestra (funds, music scores, purchases, the instruments owned by the Orchestra, etc), managing membership, making arrangments for concerts, and, in cooperation with the conductor, for selecting the music for each concert. All fascinating stuff!

The Conductor

Dan Watson

 

Dan Watson is our conductor, and thereore an 'honorary' member of the committee. 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, and has recently worked as Musical Director with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The Committee

Jacky Fisher

 

Jacky Fisher has been a member of the cello section for 14 years, and is currently the chair of the orchestra committee. She largely retired a few years ago from her job as a social worker in the field of disability. She hides at the back of the cello section, but loves the opportunity to make great music in a full scale orchestra.

Laura Ewart

 

Laura Ewart is a member of the trumpet section, and is both our Secretary and our Librarian. This means she has the unenviable task of both taking committee meeting minutes and ensuring we have the right music to play, and that it is all returned afterwards. Laura also works at the Academy which helps us enormously in the liaison and organisation of concerts and rehearsals.

Roger Kilby

 

Roger Kilby has been with the orchestra for about 20 years and is our treasurer. He plays violin which he started learning at school, where he achieved grade 8. While at Manchester University he spent spare time singing and playing violin in various groups (up to five a week!) and is still involved in 2 other string groups and 2 choirs in addition to Djanogly Community Orchestra. Roger enjoys our Orchestra both because he finds the friendly atmosphere of the orchestra and the different skill sets needed a real tonic after a day's work, and because it presents the opportunity to tackle some genuinely challenging pieces of music.

Stephen Howarth

 

Stephen Howarth is the Leader of the Djanogly Community Orchestra having joined in 2006. He was introduced to the violin at the age of 5 and was heavily involved with music during the whole of his school life in both choirs and orchestras. His involvement continued with various orchestras and string groups around the country as he pursued his career as a Chemical Engineer. He says that the Orchestra is full of interesting, welcoming and friendly musicians who enjoy making music together and putting on a good performance.

Cath Lovatt

 

Cath Lovatt joined the committee in 2013, and is our Membership Secretary. Cathy joined the orchestra about 5 years ago and plays Clarinet, which she started at school (even performing with a very young Nigel Kennedy!). If you ask her what she really likes about playing with Djanogly she'll tell you its because nobody cares what you do for your day job, it's just about making music. Her favourite from recent Djanogly repetoire is Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring - probably because of the lovely solos for the clarinets.

John Thurston

 

John Thurston joined the committee in 2012, and maintains the Orchestra's web site (blame me for any typos you find!). He plays tenor trombone and joined the orchestra in 2009 - being introduced to the Orchestra by a fellow Trombonist. Having played for many years previously only in a church music group, the transition was challenging at times but greatly helped and encouraged by other members of the Orchestra.

Robyn Scott-Chaplin

 

Robyn Scott-Chaplin joined the orchestra in 2000 as a very new percussionist and mainly plays timpani. She became a committee member in 2015 after cutting down on her day job. Her remit on the committee is to ensure that for each concert, all the peripheral activities (door, raffle, drinks, etc) are covered. She loves to hear how music is created in front of our ears - just like magic!

Paul Holt

 

Paul Holt joined the orchestra in about 2004, and has now been playing the viola for about 50 years. His wife is also a viola player in the orchestra, and they met about 42 years ago in the NSO. Paul is now retired and loves playing all different kinds of music. Like, Robyn, he joined the committee in 2015 where he has the vital role of managing the tea rota.