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  10/07/22)

Since formal Covid restrictions in England were virtually all been removed in April, we have ended all formal Covid-specific procedures. We have retained the option of wearing a facemask for anyone who wishes, or to increase distancing between themselves and their neighbours.  We still strongly encourage anyone who is feeling unwell (whether Covid-related or not) to stay away from rehearsals.


Autumn 2022 Programme (updated 10/07/22)

For our Autumn concert, we move from the jollity of our summer folk-music-related repertoire to a more dramatic theme. Highlights include Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony (last played by us in 2010) and Rimsky Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto (where our soloist will be Martyn Sanderson – who played with us in the Summer concert). The full program is yet to be finalised – but here is info on those pieces…

  • Rimsky Korsakov – Trombone Concerto (20 mins); (No manuscript available; Youtube)
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6  (45 minutes)  (ManuscriptYoutube)

I will update references to manuscript or YouTube performance when more details arrive.

Rehearsal timetable (Updated 10/07/22)

  • Mon Sept 5th – re-start rehearsals after summer break
  • then weekly rehearsals till
  • Fri Dec 2nd – final rehearsal
  • Sat 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. Biscuits are available.

  • 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.

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).   Subs continue to be £100 per year – with one exception for full-time students (when it is free – so don’t forget to tell Roger if you are 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).

Chairperson: 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.

 Secretary & 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.

Djanogly 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.

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!

Concert 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.

Other Roles

Leader: Becky Cross.
I started playing the violin when I was 6 and joined Djanogly in 2006 after finishing my music degree at Nottingham University. I have been in orchestras since I was 10. I also play the clarinet and piano and when I’m not doing something musical I enjoy being out in the countryside and looking after my 3 children! Djanogly is a friendly and supportive orchestra where we get to learn and perform some great music together.

Membership 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.

 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 running of the Orchestra.