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Redditch Operatic Society (ROS): the area's biggest amateur operatic society and musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre in Redditch, Worcestershire

Redditch Operatic Society: musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre, Redditch

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AGM Summary 2016

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

This year’s AGM took place on Tuesday 31 May 2016, at Community House, Easemore Road, Redditch.

The meeting was chaired by our President, Bob Taylor, with Tony Jay (Chairman/Treasurer) and Jean Chalk (Secretary).

ALAN LEADBEATER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: LISA LILWALL

Lisa Lilwall and Jean LeadbeaterThis was the third year that this award has been presented. It is in honour of our dear friend and President, Alan, who passed away in 2013.

It is the only award whose winner is chosen by our members attending the AGM. It is for their favourite performance of the year, from a previously announced list of nominees chosen by the committee. It is not necessarily for the the biggest role, or most prominent performer of the year – a debut, or a cameo performance could equally be the performance our members enjoyed the most.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the award is LISA LILWALL, who was chosen for her role as ‘Calamity’ in our November 2015 production of ‘Calamity Jane’.

The photo shows Lisa receiving the award from Jean Leadbeater, who was in attendance at the AGM to make the presentation.

NORMAN WHEELER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: PAULINE SHERLOCK

This annual award, dedicated to the memory of our late President Norman Wheeler, is presented at our AGM to a Society member who has, in one way or another, made an outstanding contribution to the Society in the past year.

We are delighted to announce that the sixteenth deserving recipient of this award is PAULINE SHERLOCK.

Pauline has been associated with the Society for many years now, having been MD for one of our very early shows. But it is as our long-standing and exceptionally talented accompanist that Pauline is being rightly acknowledged on this occasion.

Not only do we thank her for playing so beautifully at rehearsals, and in concerts, and in our bands. But we thank her for always being so positive, and encouraging, as well as for her unending willingness to help bring out the best in everybody.

In addition to this, we were extremely grateful when Pauline took the rehearsals for our performance at Sam and Elly’s wedding, as well as playing for us on the day. Once again, something we couldn’t have done without her

Sadly, Pauline was unable to attend the AGM, so the award was subsequently presented to her at our first rehearsal for The Witches of Eastwick by President Bob Taylor and previous winner Jean Chalk.

COMMITTEE 2016/17

The committee for this year as appointed at the AGM, and thereafter, are as follows:

Name Position
Bob Taylor President
Tony Jay Chairman (and Treasurer)
Jean Chalk Secretary
Kelly-Louise Johnson Committee Member
Jean Leadbeater Committee Member
Paul Mitchell Committee Member
Louisa Pickles Committee Member
Joy Sidaway Committee Member
Sam Smith Committee Member
Ryan Allen Co-opted
Roz Chalk Co-opted
Ann Duffin Co-opted

AGM Summary 2015

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

This year’s AGM took place on Tuesday 19 May 2015, at Community House, Easemore Road, Redditch.

The meeting was chaired by our President, Bob Taylor, with Tony Jay (Chairman/Treasurer) and Jean Chalk (Secretary).

ALAN LEADBEATER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: DAVID STEELE

David Steele and Jean Leadbeater

This was the second year that this award was presented. It is in honour of our dear friend and President, Alan, who passed away in 2013.

It is the only award whose winner is chosen by our members attending the AGM. It is for their favourite performance of the year, from a previously announced list of nominees chosen by the committee. It is not necessarily for the the biggest role, or most prominent performer of the year – a debut, or a cameo performance could equally be the performance our members enjoyed the most.

We are delighted to announce that, for the second year running, the winner of this award is DAVID STEELE, who was chosen for his role as ‘Jesus’ in our November 2014 production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

The photo shows David Steele receiving the award from Jean Leadbeater, who was in attendance at the AGM to make the presentation.

NORMAN WHEELER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: JEAN CHALK

Jean Chalk, Bob Taylor, Ryan AllenThis annual award, dedicated to the memory of our late President Norman Wheeler, is presented at our AGM to a Society member who has, in one way or another, made an outstanding contribution to the Society in the past year.

We are delighted to announce that the fifteenth deserving recipient of this award is JEAN CHALK for all the considerable effort she put into managing, adapting, mending, transporting and storing the huge array of costumes for our November production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

Many congratulations to Jean, who is also the first person to have won the Norman Wheeler Award twice.

The photograph shows Jean receiving the trophy from last year’s winner Ryan Allen (right) and Society President Bob Taylor (centre) after the result was announced at the AGM.

COMMITTEE 2015/16

The committee for this year as appointed at the AGM, and thereafter, are as follows:

Name Position
Bob Taylor President
Tony Jay Chairman (and Treasurer)
Jean Chalk Secretary
Kelly-Louise Johnson Committee Member
Jean Leadbeater Committee Member
Paul Mitchell Committee Member
Louisa Pickles Committee Member
Joy Sidaway Committee Member
Sam Smith Committee Member
Ryan Allen Co-opted
Roz Chalk Co-opted
Ann Duffin Co-opted

AGM Summary 2014

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

This year’s AGM took place on Tuesday 20 May 2014, at Community House, Easemore Road, Redditch.

The meeting was chaired by our new President, Bob Taylor, with Tony Jay (Chairman/Treasurer) and Jean Chalk (Secretary).

ALAN LEADBEATER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: DAVID STEELE

Jean Leadbeater presents the Alan Leadbeater Memorial Award to David SteeleThis was the first year that this new award was presented. It is in honour of our dear friend and President, Alan, who passed away in 2013.

It is the only award whose winner is chosen by our members attending the AGM. It is for their favourite performance of the year, from a previously announced list of nominees chosen by the committee. It is not necessarily for the the biggest role, or most prominent performer of the year – a debut, or a cameo performance could equally be the performance our members enjoyed the most.

We are delighted to announce that the first ever winner of this award is DAVID STEELE, who was chosen for his role as ‘The Man’ in our November 2013 production of ‘Whistle Down the Wind’.

The photo shows David Steele receiving the award from Jean Leadbeater, who was in attendance at the AGM to make the presentation.

NORMAN WHEELER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: RYAN ALLEN

Paul Finch presents Ryan Allen with the trophy, with Bob Taylor (centre)This annual award, dedicated to the memory of our late President Norman Wheeler, is presented at our AGM to a Society member who has, in one way or another, made an outstanding contribution to the Society in the past year.

We are delighted to announce that the fourteenth deserving recipient of this award is RYAN ALLEN for all the considerable work he put into producing our segment of the Palace Theatre’s Centenary Show in September. We thank him sincerely for all the time and effort he put into this event.

The photograph shows Ryan Allen (right) receiving the trophy from last year’s winner Paul Finch (left) and Society President Bob Taylor (centre) after the result was announced at the AGM.

LIFE MEMBERSHIPS: DAVID AND WENDY CRUISE

President Bob Taylor (left) and Chairman Tony Jay (right) welcome new Life Members, David and Wendy CruiseThe highest honour the Society can bestow upon an individual is Life Membership of the Society.

Life Membership is not given often; and is not given lightly. It is not just awarded to people who have been with the Society for a long time – it is awarded to people who have made significant contributions to the Society over that time.

It is often said that there is nothing more important than selling tickets to our shows. The greatest production, the most beautiful singing, or the finest acting, all mean very little if people aren’t there to see it.

This year, we awarded Life Membership to a couple whose ticket sales, year in – year out, puts most others to shame. It doesn’t matter whether they are in the show or not. Their effort and determination to sell the maximum amount of tickets to every show never wavers.

Both have been members of the Society for many years. Strong supporters, too, of all our social events and other endeavours. And this support doesn’t change if they are not actually on stage.

For many years of loyal service and support to the Society, and for continued ticket selling efforts that we are incredibly grateful for, we were delighted to award Life Membership of the Society to David and Wendy Cruise.

COMMITTEE 2014/15

The committee for this year as appointed at the AGM, and thereafter, are as follows:

Name Position
Bob Taylor President
Tony Jay Chairman (and Treasurer)
Jean Chalk Secretary
Jo Barrett Committee Member
Alastair Butler Committee Member
Jean Leadbeater Committee Member
Louisa Pickles Committee Member
Joy Sidaway Committee Member
Sam Smith Committee Member
Ryan Allen Co-opted
Roz Chalk Co-opted
Ann Duffin Co-opted

Our New President: Bob Taylor

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Bob TaylorWe are delighted to announce that the Society’s new President is Mr Robert Taylor.

Bob was invited to take the role at January’s committee meeting, and was delighted to accept the Presidency left vacant after the sad passing of our dear friend Alan Leadbeater last August.

As a founder member of the Society, a current member of the committee, and a ‘still going strong’ performer, we know that Bob will be a worthy successor to our distinguished line of past Presidents.

We wish him every success in the role, and are sure that all our members will want to pass on their own congratulations and best wishes to him.

Palace Theatre Centenary Concert

Monday, 19 August 2013

Some people have been asking questions about the Palace Theatre’s Centenary Concert, taking place on Saturday 7 September.

It is clear now that our involvement in this show has not been communicated well to members, for which I apologise on behalf of the committee. Hopefully, this will help clarify the situation.

ROS, like the other local societies, has been asked to perform a 15 minute ‘slot’ at the concert. The show is broken down into eras, and we were asked to do the 1980s/90s. Due to space limitations, each society is only allowed to bring a maximum of 16 performers.

We decided we would do a non-stop, all-singing, all-moving medley of songs from the great musicals of the period, including snippets from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Cats, Phantom and a few more.

To show ourselves at our best, we also decided that we should perform in full 4-part harmony (SATB), where applicable. Therefore, we needed to find people who could cover each voice range. Knowing that, as always, we have more ladies than men to call upon, we decided on a split of 5 sops, 5 altos, 3 tenors and 3 basses.

The first people who volunteered to take part were from the committee. After that, we needed to fill the remaining positions with strong singers who could hold their ‘line’, could move well, would learn the whole thing by heart and, vitally, could commit to most of the nine additional rehearsals we have scheduled for this.

Various people were approached directly to see if they were able to take part. Nobody was deliberately excluded. But being such a large society, there was sadly only ever going to be a small proportion of our members who could be included.

As much as we would have liked everybody to participate, we were specifically limited to only 16 – just like all the other societies. They, too, will have had the same problem deciding who to involve.

We are sad for anybody who feels left out, but we were simply not allowed to take anybody else. We do hope, however, that all our members who are not on stage will support the Society (and all the other participants) by going to see the show on Saturday 7 September.

Best wishes to all.

Tony, Chairman

Committee for 2013/14

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The committee for this year as appointed at the AGM, and thereafter, are as follows:

Name Position
Alan Leadbeater President
Tony Jay Chairman (and Treasurer)
Jean Chalk Secretary
Ryan Allen Committee Member
S-J Busk Committee Member
Alastair Butler Committee Member
Jean Leadbeater Committee Member
Sam Smith Committee Member
Bob Taylor Committee Member
Roz Chalk Co-opted
Ann Duffin Co-opted
Faisal Khawaja Co-opted

Committee for 2012/13

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The committee for this year as appointed at the AGM, and thereafter, are as follows:

Name Position
Alan Leadbeater President
Tony Jay Chairman (and Treasurer)
Jean Chalk Secretary
Ryan Allen Committee Member
Vicky Khawaja Committee Member
Jean Leadbeater Committee Member
Sam Smith Committee Member
Bob Taylor Committee Member
Sue Tudberry Committee Member
Roz Chalk Co-opted
Ann Duffin Co-opted
Faisal Khawaja Co-opted

AGM Date Set for 22 May

Sunday, 18 March 2012

The date of this year’s AGM has been set for Tuesday 22 May, starting at 7.45pm at Community House, Easemore Road.

We hope and expect all members to attend. Don’t forget that there will be lots of prizes to hand out, as always, and (hopefully) we will be entertained by a guest speaker after the meeting.

We hope to see everybody there (although, of course, we hope to see everybody the week beforehand as well at Tarantara! Tarantara!).

Committee for 2011/12

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The committee for this year as appointed at the AGM, and thereafter, are as follows:

Name Position
Alan Leadbeater President
Tony Jay Chairman (and Treasurer)
Jean Chalk Secretary
Faisal Khawaja Committee Member
Jean Leadbeater Committee Member
Vicky Prosser Committee Member
Sam Smith Committee Member
Bob Taylor Committee Member
Sue Tudberry Committee Member
Roz Chalk Co-opted
Ann Duffin Co-opted
Dan Wainman Co-opted

Newsletter 26 Published

Friday, 15 April 2011

Our latest newsletter has been distributed to all members and Vice-Presidents this week. Everybody should get a copy either by email or in the post.

A copy can also be read on our Downloads page.

NODA - The National Operatic and Dramatic Association
Redditch Operatic Society is affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA)

BEST PROGRAMME 2004

42ND STREET

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2005

HAPPY AS A SANDBAG

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2007

JEKYLL & HYDE

WINNER

BEST POSTER 2009

HOT MIKADO

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2009

HOT MIKADO

WINNER

BEST PROGRAMME 2010

50 YEARS OF ROS

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2011

THE KING AND I

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2011

THE KING AND I

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2012

SUMMER HOLIDAY

WINNER

BEST MUSICAL 2012

SUMMER HOLIDAY

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2013

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2014

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

WINNER

BEST PROGRAMME 2014

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

WINNER

BEST MUSICAL 2016

WITCHES OF EASTWICK

NOMINATED

 

Redditch Operatic Society

ROS - the area's biggest amateur operatic society and musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre in Redditch, Worcestershire

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