Our Autumn Workshop
will now be a ONE DAY Orchestral Play Day

Sunday 28 October 2018
Memorial Hall, Pulham Market, IP21 4SU 

Organised by WVOW in association with Pulham Orchestra

Please note change of venue: The event will now be a 1-day Orchestral Play Day to be held at The Memorial Hall, Pulham Market, Norfolk IP21 4SU

The Theme is Space and Planets and the works to be studied include

The Planets Orchestral Suite, Op 32 by Gustav Holst

Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey) Richard Strauss

 John Stephens

John Stephens is Director of Music for the Inspiration Trust. He is a well established Organist, Conductor and Teacher, based in East Norfolk.

His experience is varied and includes teaching and examining undergraduate courses (conducting, aural training, analysis, counterpoint), alongside engagements as a performer and conductor. He leads workshops and conducts church choirs, choral societies and orchestras. As a Musical Director, John has worked in the USA, France and Kenya.

John has a special interest in helping young people develop their musicianship through ensemble playing and founded The Orchestrate! Project in 2014. On invitation, John acts as and adjudicator for Music Theatre audition panels, drama audition panels, choreography competitions, music scholarship auditions and ‘House Music’ competitions.

As an organist and pianist, John is in demand as an accompanist and recitalist. Orchestrally, John is an experienced bassoonist. Chorally, John sings either Countertenor/Alto or Tenor, and has been a Deputy Alto Lay Clerk in the Norwich Cathedral Choir since 2013, appearing on two of their CD recordings and having toured with the choir to Westminter Abbey (2013) and Sweden (2014).  He is an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music. John has conducted many major works, and led a long list of musicals in the theatre. He holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting, a BA(Hons) degree in Music and the Licenciate of Trinity College London diploma as a pianist.

He will be supported by a team of instrumental coaches, all of whom are suitably qualified musicians - see below.


Strings: Alex Girdlestone
Wind: Barry Carben
Brass: David Scragg
Percussion: Colin Shaw


Saturday October 30th 2021 @ 7pm

Christ Church Eaton NR2 2AQ

Choral and Orchestral


"A life with Music"

Celebrating the long life of Peter Cooper

 A much loved and respected musician teacher and administrator, Peters legacy is wide ranging. This is reflected in a program of exquisite choral music, songs from the stage plus rousing, sometimes humorous orchestral scores, including some of Peters' own compositions and arrangements ........

Music for 2 coronations:

BRITAIN Choral dances from Gloriana

WALTON March 'Crown Imperial'

WORLD WAR 2 classics:

COATES 'Dam Busters March'

COOPER (arr) 'Over Here'


STANFORD Justorum Animae

HOWELLS A hymn for St Cecilia

From the stage:

LOEWE My Fair lady Selection

FOR Margery and the PVO:

COPPER 'Diversion'

T Orchestra will be joined in performance by former colleagues, pupils, friends and family.

ADMISSION at the door;

Adults £ 10 Children free

All proceeds will go to charity.

The Play Day is open to all, but we recommend that participants are of Grade 6+ standard.


£25 for adults

£15 for students aged under 18

Details of how to pay will be given when you submit your booking form.

Autumn Weekend Workshop 2018 Booking Form

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please note rehearsals have resumed and wearing of facemasks is personal choice.

Rehearsals take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Pulham Memorial Hall From 2-4pm. Pulham Market IP21 4SL

Registered Charity No: XT32726
Musical Director: Margery Baker

The WVOW is supported by the Pulham  Orchestra

What participants say about the Workshops:

“Somebody said it was “brilliant” – so I applied.  At last the first day arrived…….Then we were ready to begin and here was the conductor.  What would he be like?  Would he have a good down beat – yes he did and he was more than that – really encouraging and with advice that was really helpful.”

“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the event and it made a good change from school work.”