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.




Jim McLauchlan - Treasurer

Jim, who recently joined the committee, was born and bred in North London.  he is a retired American Bank officer and has an active interest in the local hospital as treasurer of the 'Friends' as well as having strong connections with Finchley Methodist Church.

Jim's first love is singing and he was with the Philharmonia Chorus for many years.  He was also a founder member of the Finchley Chamber Choir.  Other interests include sport, stamps and Gilbert and Sullivan.




Jan Mentha - Constitution

Although a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra Club for a relatively short time, Jan has always been interested in light music, and was brought up listening to Friday Night is Music Night (as well as many other items from Radio 2's output, such as Benny Green on a Sunday!). She has been involved in amateur music making for most of her life; a fantastic memory is of playing at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with the Knowsley Youth Orchestra - Leroy Anderson's Waltzing Cat featured - she thinks that was around 1977.

Coming up to date, she is Chairman and plays the viola with the Cambridge Concert Orchestra. The Orchestra was founded over 40 years ago, and inherited a lot of its music from Charles Shadwell, formerly of the BBC Variety Orchestra, when he came to Cambridge post-1967. The CCO repertoire is mainly light-orchestral music, show selections, and the like - music for everybody! In 2006 Jan co-founded and plays piano in a 1920s/30s dance band, The Footloose Dance Orchestra, mainly to explore the personal collection of sheet music from the era amassed by herself and the band's violinist leader.

Jan has been a member of the Light Music Society for about 10 years, Treasurer for the last two. That Society is active in salvaging and hiring out orchestral sheet music - the BBC CO being an occasional hirer - as well as promoting light-music generally.

Professionally, Jan is a solicitor, but being self-employed, She tries not to let that get in the way of her music based activities. She lets off steam by playing badminton.

She is looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the BBC Concert Orchestra's Supporters' Club.




 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.





Douglas French - Visits/Tours Co-ordinator

Doug joined the Concert Orchestra Club following the disbandment of the then BBC Radio Orchestra and Club in 1990.  He was elected to the committee in 1999 and took up the newly formed post of Visits Co-ordinator.  He is also active on BBC and Commercial Radio Audience Research (RAJAR).




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.