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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

Autumn 2021 programme

Covid is still proving to be so unpredictable that this plan could change at any time.  Rehearsals (for full orchestra) start on Mon 6th September.

Our proposed progamme is as follows.  Music for most pieces will be provided at the rehearsals – but in case you want to practice beforehand, links to IMSLP and a YouTube performance are provided where available (although the performance comes with a warning that their interpretation may differ from ours).

  • Brahms, Academic Festival Overture (10 mins)  (manuscript)  (Youtube)
  • Vaughan Williams, Wasps (10 mins) (manuscript)  (Youtube)
  • Sibelius, Finlandia (10 mins) (Manuscript)  (Youtube)
  • Pirates (8 mins) (Sheet music)  (Youtube)
  • Copland Fanfare for the Common Man (4 mins) (Sheet music) (Youtube)
  • Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Suite (25 to 30+ mins depending on version selected) (Sheet music)

Programme for later in the year

Spring 2022

  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Fantasia on Serbian Themes (9 minutes) (manuscript)
  • Elgar Cello Concerto with Danushka Edirisinghe (30 minutes)  (Manuscript; Youtube).  (Danushka is a member of the NYO and is taught by Ben Davies. In 2019  Danuschka won the Gregynog Young String Player of the Year Award and Leicestershire Lord Lieutenant’s Award – Young Artist of the Year 2019 – for his musical achievements.)
  • Sibelius Symphony No 2 (45 minutes) (manuscript)

Summer 2022 Folk theme

  • Vaughan Williams Folk Song Suite (15 minutes)    (no Manuscript;  Youtube)
  • Holst A Somerset Rhapsody  (11 minutes) (Manuscript; Youtube)
  • Ben’s Piece (Commission)  (10 minutes)
  • Dvorak Symphony No 8  (37 minutes)   (Manuscript  Youtube)

Autumn 2022 Russian theme

  • 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)

Rehearsals Procedures 

Before Covid, the arrangements for rehearsals were as follows. We hope to return to a similar format but final decisions are yet to be made.

Rehearsals were 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.

  • People arriving early helped put out chairs for the orchestra.
  • We had a refreshment break at ‘half time’ for which we provided tea/coffee  but members needed to bring their own mug. We had a rota for  members of the Orchestra to serve the refreshments – so please check to see when you are scheduled.

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.  For 2020/21, subs are  £60 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 a registered charity (Charity No. 1084053) and our structure is defined in the DCO constitution.  Management and planning is through our committee (You can read Minutes of our meetings and AGM; contact the Enquiries for a password).   Each member of the committee has specific roles, as shown 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 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.jpgGill Cubitt.
Gill joined the orchestra in 2005 and the committee in Nov 2020 so is currently ‘without portfolio’. 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.

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.