Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra is a registered charity, and is financed solely by members’ subscriptions, and income from concert tickets, donations and fund raising. The orchestra is governed by a constitution, and run by an executive committee of parents (some of whom are trustees) and friends, elected at the Annual General Meeting. The committee also includes the Musical Director and elected player representatives.

Life PatronAdrian Brown

President: Richard Watkins

Richard joined SYO as a young horn player, and is now one of our most distinguished alumni. He has become one of the most sought-after horn players of his generation and is well-known as a concerto soloist and chamber music player. Richard has appeared with us as a soloist, and takes a real interest in the Orchestra.

Vice-Presidents: Christine Blake, Andrew Condon, Dudley Davies, Howard Gough, Jacqueline Page, John Page

Howard Gough, son of Edward, conducted the Orchestra after his father, and was Adrian Brown's predecessor. Our other Vice Presidents are mainly past Chairmen. Christine Blake instigated our memorable Tour to Russia in the early '90s, and she, along with Jackie and John Page, still maintain a strong interest in SYO. Dudley Davies was for 40 years orchestral manager of Stoneleigh, and Andrew Condon, a long-standing valued musical colleague of Adrian Brown, served as a much needed assistant conductor on tours; his calm advice and knowledge have always been there for Stoneleigh.

Chairman: Bridget Merchant
Musical DirectorRobert Hodge
Assistant ConductorDan Shilladay

 

Committee Members and Helpers:

Chairman: Bridget Merchant * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vice-Chairman: Julian Hardwick * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Treasurer: David Bowles * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Secretary: Rita Dunn * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Membership: Sarah Melville * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Publicity/Marketing:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fund Raising/Corporate Sponsorship:    
Friends of SYO: Julia Mackinder * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website Administrators: Nick Neil-Boss * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Music Librarians:

Rachel Oglethorpe * (MO)

 
 

Lillian Gilchrist * (TO)

Tina Wilkinson (TO)

 
Wardrobe: Ciara Enskat * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Child Protection: Hilary Hendry * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Medical Officer: Cathie Tsoukkas *  
Tour Manager:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chaperone Co-ordinators: Hilary Hendry * (MO) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Ciara Enskat * (TO) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Absences and register: Hilary Hendry * (MO) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Ciara Enskat * (TO) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Concert Programme Editor: Renata Kemp *  
General Committee: Sophie Cabral *  
  Kasumi Deru *  
  Eva Gahan *  
  Sarah Hannaford *  
  Noriko Rudd *  
* SYO Committee     

Player Representatives on the Committee:

Medical

Health & Welfare of members:

Parents, or players if aged 16 or over, have prime responsibility for their child’s/their own health and should provide SYO with information about any medical condition, or any circumstances that may affect the needs of the player/member. This is achieved by completing an SYO Medical Form at the beginning of every year. A second form is to be completed prior to the summer tour for those attending.

Information given will be kept confidential, however in some circumstances it may be released to the Musical Director and some members of the Committee.

It is essential that SYO is kept informed of any changes of medical conditions and contact telephone numbers.

If there are any concerns regarding the health or welfare of a member, please feel free to discuss them with the SYO Medical Officer.

Child Protection

The SYO Committee fully recognizes the moral and legal responsibility it has to provide a duty of care for young people and offer them the protection from abuse and exploitation that every young person should have.

The Committee maintains child protection and equal opportunities policies, and all Committee members and employees undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Chaperones

The Committee is determined to ensure that their employees and volunteers adopt best practice to safeguard and protect young people from abuse and themselves against false allegations. We run a chaperone system for rehearsals and sectionals, with invaluable support from parents.