Who's Who In The BBC Concert Orchestra's Supporters Club?



Brian Crouch - Chairman

Brian has been following the orchestra since December, 1966 when he attended his first Friday Night Is Music Night at the Camden Theatre with Sidney Torch conducting.  Since then, he has clocked up over 1500 Friday Nights and numerous other concerts which our fabulous orchestra have taken part in.  He has been Chairman of the Supporters' Club for ten years.  Brian is very keen on cricket, has done local cricket umpiring until recently and in his younger days was a class 1 football referee, having been a linesman at several grounds of London Clubs.




Jenny Thomas - Membership and Accounts

Jenny is Brian's right hand 'man'.  She works hard to ensure all memberships are current and enthusiastically assists in the organization of the afternoons out.  She always has a cheery smile and a word of encouragement for club members.  Jenny joined the club when it was launched in July 1983 and was initially appointed to the committee to escort members on coach trips from the Hippodrome to outside venues for Friday Night Is Music Night and Saturday Gala concerts - sadly a thing of the past.  She is also responsible for auditing the club's financial accounts and compiling the magazine Soirées Musicales.  Jenny also works tirelessly for the Royal British Legion's poppy appeal and the Dog's Trust, collecting and sorting used postage stamps.  She is a keen photographer who has won awards for her craft.




John Haynes - Treasurer
John has been a member of the club for over 15 years. He is  a retired mechanical engineer and worked in the Automobile and the Defence industries. His interests apart from music and the BBC COSC. are walking, dancing, travelling and enjoying life. 
John lives in NW London with his wife Julia they have two children and four grandchildren all living in Maidenhead a great area to walk. 




James Connelly - Secretary

James Connelly has been minutes secretary for the past three years. A retired civil servant he worked in Scotland and England with the Department of Health for over forty years. His interest in music started at school where he was a member of the skiffle group and then in the Edinburgh folk group the Pentland Men. From there he became interested in Jazz, the BBC Concert orchestra and most recently opera. He lives with Valerie his wife at Guildford.





John Harding - Events

John assumed responsibility for the arrangements for the group’s trips and visits in 2016. He had attended many FNIMN concerts over previous years, particularly at The Mermaid. He spent 40 years working in investment banking, including in the USA throughout the 1980s, and also spent two years as a consultant in Sydney after retirement. His hobbies include baking, photography and gardening; he has three children and six grandchildren. Music, and particularly musical harmonies, have been his passion since his teenage years in the 1960s; he is an avid fan of the music of Dusty Springfield, and equally is a great admirer and staunch supporter of many of popular music’s backing vocalists of that era. In terms of the orchestra, his favourite section is the strings.





Marcus Broome - Orchestra Representative

Marcus Broome- Marcus has been a member of The BBC Concert Orchestra since May 1993 and he is currently a sub-principal in the second violin section. He particularly enjoys the diverse and challenging repertoire that the orchestra plays and the opportunity that it provides to indulge in some wonderful melodic and well performed music!

Highlights of his time in the orchestra include the tours to Japan and the U.S.A, The Proms and Operas at The Royal Albert Hall and of course the many fantastic FNIMNs!

Marcus lives in North London with Gabriela, who is a professional artist and their daughter Galia.




Stephen Greenhalgh - Webmaster

That's me!  I am 53 years of age, have two grown up children and live in Dover, having been born eight miles away at Deal.  I have a keen interest in cricket and spend my spare time in the summer scoring for our local cricket team.  I have a wide interest in music generally and a particular fondness for British Light Music, and a passion for Gilbert and Sullivan.  If there is anything you wish to say, please email me at admin@cosc.co.uk, all emails will receive a reply.