Members’ Page

This page contains info for Orchestra Members only. If you are not a member, we suggest looking at the Home or Achievements pages for info for you.

Key Dates & Rehearsal Schedule

  • Mon 10th Dec 2018 – last Rehearsal before Christmas break
  • Mon 7th Jan 2019 – first Rehearsal of 2019 and first rehearsal for Elijah
  • Mon 21st Jan 2019 – 7.00-8.00 rehearsal with Djanogly City Academy students
  • Mon 28th Jan 2019 – 7.00-8.00 rehearsal with Djanogly City Academy students
  • Mon 4th Feb 2019 – informal performance with DCA musicians
  • Mon 11th Feb 2019 – normal rehearsal
  • Mon April 22nd 2019 – no rehearsal (Easter)
  • Sat 18th May 2019 – performance of Elijah at St Mary’s the Lace Market
  • July 2019 – advance notice of perfromance with the Nottingham Music Hub


Spring concert – Mendelssohn’s Elijah – Info

Our normal schedule of 3 concerts per year is being disrupted in 2019 as will be  performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah at St Mary’s church in the Lace Market on Saturday 18th May – in conjunction with the Ruddington Choir; Burton Joyce Choral Society and the Nottingham Hospitals Choir.  After the summer, we revert to our normal schedule with a concert on 23rd or 30th Nov (t.b.c.)

Rehearsal: Some joint rehearsals are being scheduled – and one is likely to be on Monday 6th May (May Day bank holiday) so please keep this free of possible.  There are a number of performances on Youtube if  you want use them for practice (I don’t have a recommended one yet).

Music: Our Librarians will have copies of all the music available at rehearsals from 7th Jan 2019, so you don’t need to print any yourself. Some of you like your own copy (maybe to annotate, or because you otherwise have to share), so here is a link to the page on IMSLP.

 Rehearsals (and refreshment breaks!)

  • Rehearsals are held in the Theatre building at the Sherwood Rise site of the Djanogly Learning Trust, NG7 7AR (See map) on Monday evenings from 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm.
  • 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’ for which we ask members to bring their own (small) mug. Three members of the Orchestra are rostered each week to provide the refreshment – so please check the Rota to see when you are scheduled.

Membership and Subs

Members need to be able to come to rehearsals regularly – as frequent gaps make it less enjoyable for other players.

Subs should be paid by standing order – either annually in January;  or quarterly in November, February, May and August.  Currently they are  £100 per year (Please contact the treasurer, Roger Kilby, for standing order information). One exception is that membership for a full-time student is free – so don’t forget to tell Roger if you already are (or if you become) a student!


Our orchestra is managed by a committee comprising Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and up to 5 other members elected at the AGM in November. Currently the committee comprises 7 members, each of whom has a defined role (see below).

staff_jackyfisherChairperson: Jacky Fisher.
Jacky has been a member of the cello section since 2001, and is currently the committee Chairperson. 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.

Treasurer: Roger Kilby. 
Roger has been playing violin with the orchestra since about 1995. He started learning at school and continued at University,  and is still involved in other string groups and choirs. Roger enjoys our Orchestra because he finds both the friendly atmosphere a real tonic after a day’s work, and because it presents the opportunity to tackle some genuinely challenging pieces of music.

 staff_johnthurstonSecretary & Website manager: John Thurston.
John joined the committee in 2012. He plays tenor trombone and joined the orchestra in 2008. Having played for many years previously only in a church music group, the transition to orchestra was challenging at times but was greatly helped and encouraged by other members of the Orchestra.

staff_cathlovatt Membership Secretary and Facebook manager: Cath Lovatt. 
Cath joined the committee in 2013. She plays clarinet, which she started at school (even performing with a very young Nigel Kennedy!). What she really likes about playing with Djanogly is that nobody cares about your day job – it’s just about making music. Her favourite from Djanogly repertoire is Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring – mainly for the lovely clarinet solos.

staff_lauraewartDjanogly Learning Trust Liaison and Concert Programmes: Laura Ewart.
Laura is a member of the trumpet section of the orchestra. Her role on the committee are to write and produce the programmes for all of our concerts. She also works at the Djanogly Learning Trust which helps us enormously in the liaison and organisation of concerts and rehearsals.

staff_robynscottchaplin Concert Activities Manager: Robyn Scott-Chaplin.
Robyn joined the orchestra committee in 2015 where her remit is to Manage activities for each concert. She joined the Orchestra in 2000 as a very new percussionist, and is now our chief timpanist. She only became a committee member after cutting down on her day job, and loves to hear how music is created in front of our ears – just like magic!

staff_susansullivanConcert Venue Manager: Susan Sullivan.
Susan joined the orchestra in 2016 and the committee in 2017. She has been keen choral singer for many years, and decided to learn an instrument in retirement.  Wanting one that you neither have to hold up nor blow down, she decided on the cello. She is enjoying playing in the friendly cello section.

Other Roles

staff_stephenhowarth Leader: Stephen Howarth.
Stephen joined the Orchestra in 2006. As Leader, he has an honorary role on the committee. He started learning violin age 5 and was heavily involved in performing music throughout his whole of his school life and his career as Chemical Engineer. He says that the Orchestra is full of welcoming and friendly musicians who enjoy making music together and putting on a good performance.

staff_librarians Librarians: Emma Grishin and Alison Raju.
Emma (who plays flute) and Alison (who plays French Horn) share the role of Librarian for the orchestra.  They help us get the music we need for our rehearsals and concerts, distributing it to players, and collecting it up and returning it after the concert. As such they are not committee members but play a vital role.