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.

News – New restrictionson car parking at DLT

Quote from the college “… we have coned off an area at the side of theatre to stop cars parking there which should improve the situation. We are also in the process of putting down some road markings in the area which we also would like people to refrain from parking on.

Key dates & Rehearsal schedule

  • Mon 21st May 2018 – Bizet Suites 1 & 2
  • Mon 28th May 2018 – no rehearsal ( Spring BH)
  • Mon 4th June 2018 – Saint Saens; Milhaud
  • Mon 11th June 2018 – Sectional rehearsal for both String & Wind
  • Mon 18th June 2018 – Bizet Suite 2;  Milhaud
  • Mon 25th June 2018 – Bizet Suite 1; Herold; Milhuad
  • Mon 2nd July 2018 – Saint Saens (~30 mins); Milhuad (with Naomi Sullivan)
  • Mon 9th July 2018 –  Milhaud (with Naomi Sullivan); Bizet Suite 1 Adagietto
  • Fri 13th July 2018 –  All
  • Sat 14th July 2018 – ‘Bastille Day’ Concert
  • Mon 16th July 2018 – start of summer break
  • Mon 3rd Sept 2018 – first rehearsal after summer break
  • Sat 24th Nov 2018 – Autumn Concert (programme to be agreed)

 ‘Bastille Day Concert’ – Info

Our summer concert on 14th July celebrates Bastille Day – which is a French national holiday – so all the music is French.

Our Librarians have copies of all the music available at rehearsals, so you don’t need to print any music from IMSLP (although links are provided below, in case you do want to print your own copy, for example to annotate it).  There is also a link to a YouTube performance of each piece, but this may differ from our interpretation.

Composer Composition Manuscript Listening
Ferdinand Herold Overture to the Opera ‘Zampa’ IMSLP copy Youtube track
Camille Saint-Saens Suite Algerienne, Op 60 Not in full on IMSLP Youtube track
Darius Milhaud Scaramouche (for Alto Sax and Orchestra) Not on IMSLP Youtube track
Georges Bizet L’Arlesienne Suites No 1 & 2 IMSLP Suite1

IMPSL Suite2

Youtube Suite1

Youtube Suite2

 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’ and 3 members of the Orchestra are rostered each week to provide this.  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 are currently £80 per year, and 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. The one exception to this 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 constitution (see DCO constitution) states that the orchestra is managed by a committee – comprising three officers (Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer) and up to 5 other elected members. Currently the committee comprises 7 members:

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.

staff_rogerkilbyTreasurer: 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_lauraewart 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.

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.