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Rehearsal Schedule for Autumn 2017

All rehearsals are at The Maidment Building, Kennedy Road, Shrewsbury School unless otherwise stated:

Page content last updated on: 0711/2017



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* = change from original schedule

  Tue 12 Sep 7.15-9.30pm ALINGTON HALL - First rehearsal back - full play through
  Tue 19 Sep 7.15-9.30pm Beethoven Symphony 3 - movements 4 and 1
  Tue 26 Sep 7.15-9.30pm Sectionals - Beethoven Symphony 3
8.45pm Full play through sections of Symphony
  Tue 3 Oct 7.15-9.30pm Beethoven Symphony 3 - movements 1, 2, 3
  Tue 10 Oct 7.15-9.30pm Full Nabucco and Rachmaninov to 8.30pm with lower brass and 4th horn
8.45pm Beethoven Symphony 3 - movements 3 and 4
  Tue 17 Oct 7.15-9.30pm Full Nabucco and Rachmaninov plus AGM during the break
  Tue 24 Oct 7.15-9.30pm TBC
  Tue 31 Oct 7.15-9.30pm Beethoven all evening
  Tue 7 Nov 7.15-9.30pm 7.15 - 8.30 - Nabucco and Rachmaninoff
8.40 - End - Beethoven Movts III & IV
  Tue 14 Nov 7.15-9.30pm 7.15 - Rachmaninoff
8.00 - End - Beethoven - Movts I, II & IV
  Tue 21 Nov 7.15-9.30pm 7.15- 8.20 Nabucco/Rachmaninoff
8.35 - End - Beethoven Complete
  Sun 26 Nov TBC Pre-dress rehearsal - 7.00pm - Beethoven plus corners from Rachmaninoff
  Tue 28 Nov 7.00-10.00pm 7.00-10.00pm DRESS REHEARSAL with soloist
Order -
Verdi - Nabucco Overture
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No 2 - Soloist Vincent Barrella
Beethoven - Symphony No 3
  Wed 29 Nov 2017 7.30pm 7.30 CONCERT in THE ALINGTON HALL
(DJ with white shirt for men and all black for ladies)

Orchestra Committee Contacts


To contact a person by e-mail click their role name below or call them:


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - John Dempster
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Caroline Besterman
Treasurer - Sarah Box
Repertoire Coordinator - Sheila Thompson
Events Coordinator - Jon Box
Rehearsals Coordinator - Peter Road-Night
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Nick Stevens 01743 232729
Publicity and Marketing Coordinator - Wendy Slater
Subscribers Secretary - VACANCY
Terence Turpin
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - John Moore


Other Contacts

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (website, social media, marketing) - Hollie Whittles

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Hannah Livsey


We are always pleased to welcome keen, competent players of a suitable standard to the Orchestra as and when vacancies arise. There is no formal audition, but the conductor, leader and committee reserve the right to ask new players, where appropriate, to undergo a trial period before inviting them to take part in concerts.


Currently players of string instruments, particularly viola and double bass, would be especially welcome to the Orchestra. Vacancies for woodwind and brass occur rather less frequently, but we do need extra instruments for some works, or players to deputise for our regular members on occasions, so it is well worth getting in touch.


The Orchestra rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30pm during term-time, and the annual subscription for playing members is £70 (FREE for students in full time education). Concerts are normally given on Wednesday evenings.


Current Vacancies:

(updated 24/10/2016)
  • Timpani
  • Cello Section Leader


If you think you would like to join the Orchestra, please register your interest in the first instance by contacting the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Orchestra Members


Alex Postlethwaite* § 1st violins

Sheila Thompson § 2nd violins

Alison Acton

Colin Bates

Nigel Capps

Mary Forrester

Beth Huxtable

Sarah Ibberson

Wendy Jeffries

Rebecca Johnson

Stavros Kokkinos

Wendy Lewis

Heather Mager

Katherine Mew

Keith Newby

Kate Palmer-Harris

David Pearce

Eleanor Roberts

Stuart Robinson

Jennifer Rugolo

Swantje Staar

Catherine Shaw

Claire Tocknell

Terence Turpin

Diana Whittard

Mike Wilmott

Haesu Yeo



Louise Houghton§

Caroline Besterman

Ben Driscoll

Jayne Forster

Louise Houghton

Chris Long

Michele Mohajer

Ursula Neil

Elin Roddy

Nick Stevens



Jane Annette *§

Ruth Grundy

Sara Hayes

Richard Higgins

Gemma Hughes

Marion Joyner

Anne Kemp

Catriona McCausland

Sarah O'Sullivan

Rosalind Powell

Jackie Preston

Fiona Rattray

Doddie Victorino


Double Bass

Richard Walker §  

Jonathan Arch

Roger Brown

John Hyslop


Jane Povey §

Claire Fitton and Piccolo

Ruth Hayward and Piccolo



David Glossop §

Katy Rink and Cor Anglais



Hollie Whittles § and Eb and Bass, Saxophone

Keith Corden

Mark Tocknell and Bass



Peter Road-Night §

Judith Claes

Chris Long and Contra Bassoon


French Horn

Andrienna Straw §

Jon Box

Gay Walker

Dawn Bradley-Buxton



John Dempster §

James Heywood



David Barker §

Robert Fisher

Glenn Pollard



Becky Heywood §



Matthew Hall §

Claire Costa

Isaac James






Roselind Glossop §




Penny-Robin Riddering §




§ section principal

* guest

Full members (and some guests) of the orchestra are listed, in alphabetical order below the section principal.

Any omissions or errors will be corrected as soon as possible if notified.



John Moore read music at the University of East Anglia and The Royal Academy of Music. He studied with Sidney Harrison and Alexander Kelly for piano as well as Professor Peter Aston with whom he studied conducting. At the Academy John studied as a repetiteur and accompanist. John has combined his professional and teaching life over the last twenty years or so in a busy round of conducting, performing and composing in many musical genres. John has also written a considerable amount of music for BBC1 & Channel 4 children's programmes, as well as composing six youth musicals for Shrewsbury School, where he has been Director of Music since 1989. Several of the T.V. programmes have won awards at the New York T.V. & Film Festival.

John Moore

John Moore

Of his musicals, "Jekyll!" won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995 and "The Lost Domain" and “The Bubble” were performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre at Covent Garden "The Time Machine" was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997. His musical, "The Bubble", written with authors Julian Roach and Peter Hankin, was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving excellent notices. It is being presented there again once more this summer. "Frankenstein" was also performed in Edinburgh and at the Royal College of Music. John's most recent musical is "Harry" which too has received excellent reviews.

John is currently Director of Music at Shrewsbury School where he regularly conducts a large choral society of 150 voices in concerts of major choral works. He is Chairman of the Shrewsbury Summer Season Steering Group, and guest conductor with the Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra and Chorus. He is also Musical Director of Opera Severn and conducts the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra. For several years, John was also a founder member of Three Men in a Bow Tie, and has recently written the music for two plays penned by fellow Bow Tie artiste, Martin Jones, as well as having created two seasonal entertainments for chorus, narrator and orchestra with Chris Eldon-Lee, also of the Bow Ties.


Paul Bramwell lives in Shrewsbury and is married with three children. He started playing the violin at the age of 8 and at 18 gained a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied for five years with Ernest Element, a student of the world famous teacher Carl Flesch.


Whilst at the Birmingham Conservatoire he won the first year prize and was a finalist in the concerto competition. He was also leader of the symphony orchestra, string orchestra, repertoire orchestra and opera orchestra. Having gained four diplomas of music he left and played with various orchestras including Orchestra of the Swan and the New Symphony Orchestra of London performing at the Albert Hall.


Paul has taught violin at most of the leading colleges and schools in the county and is leader of the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra as well as having been leader for concerts with Leominster Choral Society, Telford Choral Society, Welshpool choir, Shrewsbury Community Choir, Ellesmere College & Wrekin College. He regularly plays at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre with three local orchestras.


A qualified pilot and homeopathic practitioner, Paul now concentrates on orchestral and solo work.

Paul Bramwell

Paul Bramwell