John Stevenson : A Tribute
It is with great sadness that TS0 announces the recent death of our Treasurer, John Stevenson after a short illness. He did a superb job in that role for more than 20 years.
Apart from having excellent financial skills, John was very much the orchestra's "Mr Montrose". He handled all our publicity in that town as well as organising a bus to transport audience members from the Montrose/Brechin area to the Reid Hall concerts. This was a very important job for without this essential provision many folk would otherwise have been unable to enjoy TSO's music.
John was also our key link with TSO Friends, always keeping them well up to date with the orchestra’s future events. He was well-known to players for his clear, concise presentation of the TSO's financial situation at AGMs, and was a constant presence at the close of concerts when in a warm, friendly fashion he assisted Brenda Jepson to serve refreshments.
John will be greatly missed and all those connected with TSO send sincere condolences to his wife Jean.
The orchestra was formed in 1992 by the late Ron Walker to raise money for the Chest, Heart and Stroke Foundation in honour of his late father. Ron developed the orchestra over 20 years and conducted up until his own ill health forced him to take a step back in 2014. The orchestra has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years because of the hard work of its committee and members.
The Orchestra is proud to have Mrs. Georgiana Osborne, CVO, as our Honorary President.
Dr Matthias Feile is our Vice President. Dr Feile, formerly principal cellist of the London Philarmonic Orchestra and the Philarmonia, is now a psychiatrist in Tayside.
The members of the Orchestra generally come from the Tayside region, coming from as far afield as Montrose to Aberfeldy and Cupar to Brechin.
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Richard Allan has been active in TSO both as a trombone player and a member of the committee before he became the Assistant Conductor in 2015 then the main Conductor as of July 2016.
He is also musical director of the
Friends group in Arbroath who have presented a number of concerts over the years for many charities. His day job is as part of the
Essential Skills team at Dundee and Angus College teaching mathematics.
TSO Wind do occasional concerts as groups of varying sizes; quintets, octets and nonets. The woodwind section, together with French Horns, have also supported Arbroath Choral and also performed at various charity events throughout Angus, Dundee and Fife.
Concerts have included: the Mozart Piano and Wind Quintet, Beethoven Piano and Wind Quintet, Gounod's La Petite Symphonie and Piazzola's Oblivion Tango. Venues have included churches such as St Vigean's at Arbroath and St John's and St Margaret's in Forfar, as well as the House of Dun, Pitmuis House in Guthrie, Dundee University Chapliancy and the Younger Hall in St Andrews.
The Ron Walker Bursary has been awarded to:
The TSO Young Musician Bursary has been awarded to: