Firstly a little history... if anyone knows more and wishes to contribute then please let us know, thank you.
The Newton Abbot Orchestra has been in existence for at least 30 years, having begun its life as The Linden Orchestral Players. As far as we know, Rosina Wall and her sister, Dulcie Sadler established the orchestra and over time, they changed its name to Newton Abbot Orchestra. Marion Room then conducted the orchestra for about 10 years until 1994. Since then, the orchestra has had several conductors until Rob Young took the baton...
Rob gained his Music degree at Goldsmith’s College, London in 1990 where he also received further tuition on piano.
Upon returning to Devon to join the family business he soon took up position as Musical Director of the Kingsbridge Amateur Theatrical Society (K.A.T.S) for whom he M.D’d ten shows. During his time with K.A.T.S, Rob also worked with other societies including T.O.A.D.S Theatre Company in Torquay.
Subsequently he has worked with many other groups including the Torquay Operatic Society (T.O.P.S), Amdram Productions, Exeter Musical Society and even the Bands of the Royal Artillery and Her Majesty’s Royal Marines as part of Plymouth’s community musical event, Music Of The Night. He has also had a lot of experience as an accompanist and over the past few years has worked on a number of different ventures with the actor/writer Peter Reeves.
Rob became Musical Director of the Newton Abbot Orchestra in October 2006, and since then has conducted many successful concerts in a wide variety of locations.
In addition to M.D'ing, conducting and accompanying, Rob has also found time to write music, and plans to devote more energy to this in the future.
14th Dec (Weds) 7.30pm - Chudleigh
9th Dec (Fri) 7.30pm - Buckfastleigh
Full details coming soon...
Tickets available in advance (please contact us for information) or on the door.
• Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm
- newcomers welcome!
Autumn term starts 14th September
Hannah's at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot. Please check with us for location of rehearsal room and half-term breaks, etc.
If you are interested in joining us we'd love to hear from you. Firstly please contact Steve to arrange when you may be able to come along.
We don't hold formal auditions but suggest you attend for a couple of rehearsals to see if the NAO is for you (and vice versa!).
We do have some younger players, though a minimum of Grade 5 standard is recommended.
• Currently required:
1st & 2nd violins
Occasional 2 French horns (For when we require 4 horns)
Subscriptions: Currently £25 per term
Please contact: Steve Bentley, tel: 01626 879799
Current repertoire includes:
Christmas Overture - Otto Nicolai Soireé Musicale - Rossini/Britten Symphony No 4 (the Italian) - Mendelssohn Majesty & Hang High The Mistletoe - Clive Jenkins Short Fantasia on Christmas Carols - Dorothy Parke
- and other Christmas favourites including music from White Christmas
and a woodwind Quintet version of Jingle Bells.
(Please note: not all of the above to be played at every concert.)