Our next concert will be a

Christmas Concert

on Saturday, 9th December in the East and Old Parish Church in Forfar


09 December 2023:

Our programme will include:
  • Parade of the Tin Soldiers by Leon Jessel
  • The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky
  • Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
  • A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson
  • Bring Back Christmas Cheer by Peter Lawson
  • Thankful by Carole Bayer Sager
  • White Christmas by Irving Berlin
  • Carol Symphony by Victor Hely-Hutchinson
  • and various carols with the audience



Tickets can be bought in the following places:

  • Jarvis Brothers, Castle Street, Forfar
  • A TSO Committee member
  • Purchase at door on the evening of the performance.

Ticket prices remain £ 14 and £ 12 for concessions.




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.

More on Richard Allan



Angela Green will be leading the TSO for the September concert. Angela is a well known local violinist and viola player and has played for local orchestras for many years. A retired music teacher, Angela still has pupils and is constantly in demand for her skills. She plays for Dundee Symphony Orchestra, Tayside Symphony Orchestra, Ferryport Fiddlers and the Abertay String Quartet.


TSO Office Bearers

  • Honorary President: Georgiana Osborne, CVO
  • Honorary Vice President: Dr. Matthias Feile
  • Conductor: Richard Allan
  • Chairman: William G.G. McLeod, M.B.E.
  • Vice Chairman: Agnes Mackay
  • Secretary: Agnes Mackay
  • Treasurer: Peter Clunie
  • Committee: Marion Allan, Peter Clunie, Charlotte Howson, James Hutcheson, Brenda Jepson, Isobel Luke and Christine Mollison
  • Transport Manager: Neil Mackay


Financial Supporters and Acknowledgements

We are sponsored by several local companies and organisations including:

  • DC Thomson Charitable Trust
  • Bowmans Scottish Lawyers
  • Cookie Mathieson Charitable Trust
  • Blackadders Solicitors
  •   Forfar Golf Range
  • Astute (Scotland)
  • The Pend Emporium, Forfar
  • EQ Chartered Accountants
  •   Colin M. Smith, Forfar
  • Alex Cameron, Forfar
  • Jarvis Brothers, Forfar
  • Angus Council
  • Hogg's (Stationers), Montrose
  • Pamela Reddy, Astute
  • Friends of TSO
  • Neil Mackay (Transport)
  • Fowlis Easter Hall
  • Grey Events
  • All Front-of-House Helpers

With thanks, correct as of February 2023



Recently we've had very pleasing news about another eminent young musician, namely Ross Knight, a previous winner of our award. At the tender age of 15 Ross, whose talent was recognised by TSO founder Ron Walker, played the Gregson Tuba Concerto at one of our concerts. He has held the solo tuba seat in the Geneva-based Orchestra de La Suisse Romande for 7 years and is now also Professor of Tuba at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva (equivalent to the Glasgow Conservatoire). Last month his proud parents, Bryan and Heather, attended a concert in Switzerland when Ross performed the very same Gregson Concerto, They are grateful to Ron and TSO for giving Ross an early opportunity to showcase his manifest skills.


Previous Student Bursaries

The Ron Walker Bursary has been awarded to:

  • September 2022: Joanne Whyte viola, currently studying at the University of Edinburgh
  • September 2022: Peter Ney percussion, currently studying at the University of Texas
  • June 2019: Matthew Crabb : trombone
  • September 2017: Keira Mitchell , violin, who was studying at the University of Aberdeen
  • 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

    • The TSO Young Musician Bursary has been awarded to:

    • June 2015: Aaron Morrison, viola, who went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow
    • September 2011: Joe Walters, trombone, 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 and is now the solo tuba at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva
    • February 2006: George Smith, violin, who went on to study at the RSAMD in Glasgow


    Student Bursary Awards

      In August Agnes Mackay and Bill MacLeod were delighted to present to Peter Ney, in the presence of his parents Graeme and Hilary, the Ron Walker Bursary which is given to a 'young player who performed regularly with TSO while at school and has gone on to study music at University/College'. Peter, who has played in the orchestra's Percussion section for 12 years, was a pupil of Paul Judge at Arbroath High School. After schooling he received a B.Mus degree at Aberdeen University and is currently studying at the University of Texas where he hopes to complete a Master of Music degree next year. We wish Peter every success in America and hope he has a very successful musical future.


    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. 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 and 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.

    If you want to join us contact us email our administrators on


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    Rehearsals take place on Tuesday nights at Fowlis Community Hall (DD2 5SA) from 7pm to 9.45pm

    The schedule for the December and February concerts are as follows

    • November: 14th, 21st, 28th
    • December: 5th and 9th on the carol concert day
    • January: 9th, c16th, 23rd, 30th
    • February: 6th and on the day of the concert


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    At Rehearsals:

    Fowlis Community Hall, Tayside, DD2 5SA

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