Upcoming Concert

This Saturday's (September 23rd) concert will be an evening of Russian music.

The Programme includes:
  • Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmilla
  • Mussorgsky: Night on Bare Mountain
  • Glazunov: Saxophone Concerto
  • Mussorgsky: Great Gate of Kiev
  • Tchaikovsky: 5th Symphony

Brass Players

The Conductor

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.

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Concert Soloist

TSO is delighted to welcome Ellie Steemson, a talented young saxophonist, who will perform Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto.

Ellie studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2004-2010. Her versatility as a saxophonist and woodwind player has seen her perform in a variety of settings throughout the UK and overseas and she has garnered acclaim as a versatile performer. Alongside freelance work in musical theatre, orchestras and big bands, she is a member of Workers Union Ensemble and the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble.

Recent work in musical theatre has included deputising on the UK tours of High Society, Top Hat and Funny Girl, as well as local productions in Fife, Edinburgh and Dundee. Alongside her performing career, Ellie is a busy educator holding positions at the University of St Andrews, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools in Edinburgh alongside her own private teaching practice.



Leader Robert Dick studied violin and piano at the Royal College of Music in London gaining both an Honours degree in 1997 and an Associateship Diploma in Violin Performance. As a violin and viola soloist he has performed concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn and Mozart and has toured Europe as an orchestral player. He freelances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Scotland.

Deputy Leader Christine Mollison is the Orchestra's Deputy Leader. Christine, who is a founder member of the Orchestra, has won the respect of her fellow musicians having served as TSO Librarian for several years.


TSO Office Bearers

  • Honorary President: Mary, Dowager Countess of Strathmore
  • Honorary Vice President: Georgiana Osborne, H.M. Lord Lieutenant for Angus
  • Conductor: Richard Allan
  • Chairman: William G.G. McLeod, M.B.E.
  • Secretary: Agnes Mackay
  • Treasurer: John L. Stevenson
  • Committee: Peter Clunie, Charlotte Howson, Brenda Jepson, Isobel Luke and Christine Mollison
  • Transport Manager: Neil Mackay

Financial Supporters

We are sponsored by several local companies and organisations including:

  • The Astute Group
  • Bowmans, Scottish Lawyers
  • Alex Cameron, Forfar
  • Dorothy's Dress Shop, Forfar
  • The Pend Emporium, Forfar
  • Colin M. Smith, Forfar
  • Elizabeth Wright Bequest
  • Friends of TSO

Our previous conductor Lawrance Dunn in costume for the Danse Macabre (February 2017)


About Us

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 Mary, Dowager Countess of Strathmore as its Honorary President.

The members of the Orchestra generally come from the Tayside region, coming from as far afield as Montrose to Aberfeldy and Cupar to Brechin.

If you want to join us contact us (see email below) or come along to a rehearsal and introduce yourself. A Grade 6 or more in an instrument or lots of experience is desirable.



Tickets can be bought in the following places:

  • From members of the Orchestra or Committee
  • Jarvis Brothers, Castle St., Forfar
  • Henry Hogg's, High St., Montrose
  • At the door on concert night
  • £ 12 or £ 10 concession


Student Bursaries

The TSO Young Musician Bursary has been awarded to:

  • February 2006: George Smith, violin, who went on to study at the RSAMD in Glasgow
  • September 2010: Ross Knight , tuba, who went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London
  • September 2011: Joe Walters, trombone, who went on to study at the RSAMD in Glasgow
  • June 2015: Aaron Morrison, viola, who went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow

The Ron Walker Bursary has been awarded to:

  • June 2016: Jordan Robertson , trombone, who went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow
  • June 2016: Victoria Yeung , violin, who went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama


Dates for your Diary

The following concert will be on February 3rd 2018. Come and join us!



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Rehearsals take place on Tuesday nights at Fowlis Community Hall (DD2 5SA) from 7pm to 9.30pm

The schedule for the February 3rd 2018 concert is:

  • November 28th
  • December 5th
  • December 12th
  • January 9th
  • January 16th
  • January 23rd
  • January 30th

And on the day of the concert from 2pm - 5pm at the Reid Hall, Forfar.


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