Members’ Page

This page contains info for Orchestra Members only.  If you are not a member, we suggest looking at the Home Page or a section of Our Past for info for you

Covid-19 statement (Updated  23/04/22)

Since this section was last updated in January 2022, Covid restrictions in England have virtually all been removed. We have therefore revised our Risk Assessment to reflect this, but we still encourage anyone who is feeling unwell (whether Covid-related or not) to stay away from rehearsals. We have retained the option for anyone who wishes, to wear a face mask or to increase distancing between them and their neighbours.

Summer 2022 Programme (updated 27/03/22)

Our summer concert is on Saturday 9th July at St Marks church in Woodthorpe.  Rehearsals start from 4th April but the programme has a number of interruptions for bank holidays – so see the Rehearsal Timetable below, which will also include details of which pieces we are rehearsing in each session when the information is available.

The repertoire for the concert is as follows.  I have, as usual, included a link to IMSLP (for players who want to print their own manuscript) and to YouTube (to familiarise yourself with the piece).  Sheet Music will be available at rehearsals.

  • Vaughan Williams – Folk Song Suite (15 minutes)    (Manuscript n/a;  Youtube)
  • Holst – A Somerset Rhapsody  (11 minutes) (Manuscript; Youtube)
  • Ben Graves – If springe hold, the cock’s mine (world premier) (10 minutes)
  • Dvorak – Symphony No 8  (37 minutes)   (Manuscript  Youtube)

Rehearsal timetable (Updated 22/04/22)

  • April 25thHolst / Vaughan Williams
  • May 2ndNo rehearsal – bank holiday
  • May 9thDvořák mvts 1 and 4
  • May 16thDvořák mvts 2 and 3 (no lower brass)
  • May 23rdHolst / Graves
  • May 30thDvořák mvts 4 and 1
  • June 6thDvořák mvts 3 and 2 (no lower brass)
  • June 13thGraves / Vaughan Williams
  • June 20thDvořák (order: 1, 4, 2, 3)
  • June 27thGraves / Holst / Vaughan Williams
  • July 4thCorners from everything
  • July 8th – (Friday) All repertoire
  • July 9thConcert Day – St Marks, Woodthorpe. Afternoon rehearsal 2.30 p.m.
  • Sept 5th – re-start rehearsals after summer break
  • Dec 3rd – Autumn concert

Rehearsals Procedures (Updated 23/04/22)

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 to 9.15.  We have a break at ‘half time’ to rest and to socialise, to which you may bring your own refreshments.

  • Members are asked to stay away if they feel unwell (whether Covid-related or not).
  • Strings who wish to sit singly rather than at ‘desks’ need their own stand and music
  • Wind players need a means of collecting drips.
  • Our latest risk assessment (which covers general risks as well as Covid) is Here.

Advance notice: Autumn Concert – 3rd Dec 2022

  • Balakirev – Overture on Three Russian Themes; (No Manuscript; Youtube)
  • Mussorgsky – Dawn at the Moskva River;  (Manuscript; Youtube)
  • Rimsky Korsakov – Trombone Concerto; (No manuscript; Youtube)
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6  (45 minute)  (ManuscriptYoutube)

Membership and Subs

If you are not a member but interested in joining the Orchestra, please see info on the Home page.

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 (please contact the treasurer, Roger Kilby, for standing order information).   From 1st Nov 2021, subs return to their previous level of   £100 per year.  The 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 a registered charity (Charity No. 1084053) and our structure is defined in the DCO constitution.  Management and planning is through our committee. Each member of the committee has specific roles, as shown below.

Minutes of committee meetings and AGMs are available to all members Here (contact the Enquiries for a password).

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_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 is enjoying both playing in the friendly cello section, and, in her role as Venues Manager, liaising with the helpful church administrators and clergy in the churches where we play.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is staff_gillcubitt.jpgFacebook Manager: Gill Cubitt.
Gill joined the orchestra in 2005 and the committee in Nov 2020 currently looks after our Facebook page. She has played violin since age 7, and has worked as a music teacher, piano and violin teacher, music therapist and choir leader.  She continues to be involved in a variety of orchestras and music groups, and says she finds the orchestra friendly and supportive and enjoys playing a wide range of music.

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.

fran_rhodenMembership Secretary: Fran Rholden.
Fran became our membership secretary in September 2021.  She plays at the back of the viola section, where she enjoys sitting right in the middle of the orchestra. It’s the best spot for listening to the orchestra, feeling part of the music making at Djanogly.

staff_emmagrishin Librarian: Emma Grishin.
Emma (who plays flute)  is our Librarian.  She hires or buys the music we need for our rehearsals and concerts, distributing it to players, and collecting it up and returning it after the concert. Emma is not committee members but contributes a vital role to the smooth runnung of the Orchestra.