Ben’s Final Conductor’s Notes

Well, this is it. As the title of this post says, these will be my final Conductor’s Notes. I know I wasn’t very good at doing them regularly, but it was a lovely way to communicate with you, and feedback what we’d done in rehearsals and what we’d do in the following week. Maybe whoever takes over will want to continue them (and do a better job at remembering to post them!)

It’s incredibly sad to think that Telford Orchestra won’t be a regular part of our lives, as it’s been a real joy and we’ve had great fun with you! I’m so proud of all we’ve accomplished, and I feel like the standard of the orchestra has come on leaps and bounds over the past two years. From our online Zoom sessions all the way to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, we’ve push the boundaries of what we thought we could do, and continued to excel and succeed!

I want to thank you all for your love and support; not only in our departure, but throughout our entire time with you. It’s just simply been a pleasure making music with you all. Thank you for all your hard work in practicing at home, learning and digesting the music, and embracing every challenge I’ve thrown at you. Our final concert I think is testament to the dedication of everyone, as the standard was so high and the electric energy in the room was completely down to your amazing playing and teamwork.

A massive thank you to the committee(s) I’ve worked with over the past couple of years – without them, the concerts wouldn’t happen at all and my job would certainly be a lot harder. A big thanks to Adrian for hosting the Saturday rehearsals and socials; days like that not only develop our musicality brilliantly, but also our social life as an orchestra, something so important. And of course an extra special thanks to Phil who’s been my ‘right-hand-man’ through all of this. I’m not sure any of us quite appreciate how much work he does for the orchestra, and how invaluable he’s been. He’s certainly supported me without fail, and for that I’m eternally grateful.

I know we’ll be back, either as players or audience members, so this isn’t the last time you’ll hear from us (not least because we’ll inundate you with wedding photos!) But, for the final time I’m signing off, with love.