Our next concert will be on September 22nd 2018

and will include Beethoven's 6th Symphony (Pastoral).


Upcoming Concert

Our next concert will be an evening of wonderful well known music on Saturday, September 22nd 2018. It will be in the Reid Hall in Forfar at 7.30pm

The Programme will include:
  • Rossini: Thieving Magpie Overture
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations
  • Beethoven: Symphony no.6 (Pastoral)


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.

More on Richard Allan
Previous Conductors

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.




Leader Robert Dick will be leader for the June 2018 concert. Robert 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
  • Forfar Golf Range
  • Forfar Rotary Club
  • Glamis Castle
  • The Pend Emporium, Forfar
  • Colin M. Smith, Forfar
  • Friends of TSO

With thanks, correct as of July 2018


TSO Wind

TSO Wind do occasional concerts as groups of varying sizes; quintets, octets and nonets.


The wonderful Carnoustie born ex-TSO tuba player Ross Knight, (ex prize winner in the TSO Young Artists scheme) who is now in the Suisse Romande Orchestra in Geneva, has just been awarded an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for making a significant contribution to the music profession.



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 Ron Walker Bursary has been awarded to:

  • September 2017: Keira Mitchell , violin, who is 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


2011 Review


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

The schedule for the September 2018 concert is:

  • August 14th, 21st and 28th
  • September 4th, 11th and 18th

And on the day of the concert 22nd September from 2pm - 5pm at the Reid Hall, Forfar.




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