Heart  of  England
Co-operative  Concert  Orchestra

Jane Pudsey

Name: Jane Pudsey (leader of the orchestra)
Instrument: Violin

How long have you played in Heart of England Co-operative Concert Orchestra?  About 20  years.

How long have you played the violin?  Since I was 10.

Why did you take it up? My father had a violin and I learned in music classes at school. 

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Rachel Owen

Name: Rachel Owen
Instrument: Cello

How long have you played in Heart of England Co-operative Concert Orchestra?  2 years

How long have you played the cello?  8 ish years

Why did you take it up? I wanted to play an instrument but not violin like my sister, so I play the cooler version of my sisters instrument. [There's also a story about getting to sit down more with the cello, but we won't go into that!]

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David Weir

Name: David Weir
Instrument: Flute

How long have you played in Coop?  1989 (ish)

How long have you played the flute?  30 something years

Why did you take it up? I saw it being played and admired the sound it made and the way the light looks on a silver flute.

 

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Gerry Robbins

Name: Gerry Robbins
Instrument: Viola

How long have you played in Heart of England Co-operative Concert Orchestra?  45 years [Gerry is our longest standing member!]

How long have you played the viola?  I've played the viola for 35 years. When I first joined the orchestra as a second violin, there was just one dear little old lady playing viola. So I bought a Chinese viola for £32 and joined her

Why did you take it up? I had my first violin lesson aged 13 at grammar school, but we had to take it in turns as there weren't enough instruments. After the Second World War there were no teachers so I learned tenor horn and joined a band. Later on when I came back to Coventry I got violin lessons and joined the orchestra as a second violin.

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Centenary Year

Exciting news about concerts in 2017 planned to celebrate the orchestra's 100th year of giving public concerts.

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Centenary Year Concerts

10Jun
Sat Jun 10 @ 5:30PM - 07:30PM
Private Summer Concert
13Jun
Tue Jun 13 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
Summer Concert
10Sep
Sun Sep 10 @11:30AM - 01:30PM
Precinct Concert
11Oct
Wed Oct 11 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
The Transport Concert
09Dec
Sat Dec 09 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Christmas Concert

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