Chair - Zoë Sayer
Zoë plays bassoon with the orchestra and has been Chair since 2020. She has messed around with wind instruments all her life and took up the oboe aged 9, bassoon at 13 and saxophone at 21-plus. While at school she had lessons at Leeds College of music with Roy Walmsley and receives regular coaching from Laurence Perkins when she attends his Wind Serenades chamber courses. She also plays with Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra (bassoon), Inverurie Concert Band (oboe) and Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra (alto and bass sax). She recently branched out into the shady world of jazz, achieving the Advanced Scottish Diploma in Jazz from St Andrews under Richard Ingham, who is also MD of the sax orchestra.
In her other life she works as a geologist for a well-known company, is mum to two teenagers, and is ruled by a cat and 3 guinea pigs.
Vice Chair - Helen Anderson
Helen has the honour of being the first musician to play at each rehearsal as she provides the tune-up concert ‘A’ on her oboe. As one of the founder members she originally played flute which she started to learn at the age of 11. When she realised that oboe music looked much easier to play than flute music (apologies to oboe players everywhere), she decided to become an oboist. After an intense 18 months getting to grips with her new choice of instrument, she shifted seats to 2nd oboe. She now plays 1st oboe and continues to take lessons from Joe Houghton at NESMS.
Helen is a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen Institute of Dentistry, in her spare time she can be found working in her apiary or out running in the lovely countryside around Inverurie.
Gillian is our principal 'cello and is one of our founder members, joining the orchestra at its start in 2007. She played cello at school under Irene Wood and then learned violin, appearing with the Garioch Fiddlers for 20 years as both player and compere, where her comedic skills gained quite a reputation!. She was once told she should be on TV, which she was when the Fiddlers appeared on Gaelic TV. Her passion for cello never left and she studied under James Halsey as NESMS in Aberdeen, participating in his summer workshops.
Secretary - Gillian Sorrie
Gillian is secretary to the Lead Occupational Therapist at Inverurie Hospital. She loves every minute of her working life and often jokes that this is her hobby while orchestra is her job! Her husband and family are very supportive, letting her practise relentlessly...
Treasurer - Caroline Thomson
Caroline plays bassoon in the orchestra and joined the orchestra at its start in 2007, initially playing clarinet before moving over to the bassoon section.She also plays tenor saxophone in Inverurie Concert Band, Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra and the Aberdeen Community Big Band at the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen.
In her ‘other’ spare mins she is a leader with Brownies and Guides, and is currently the Treasurer for the District at Haddo. A busy mum to grown up daughters, she works part time in her architectural business she runs with her husband and loves to go walkies with their Jack Russell doggie Lily too!
Librarian - Julian Slater
Julian plays trumpet with the orchestra and looks after the orchestra's physical sheet music library.
Webmaster - Ian Talboys
Ian wanted to start playing the flute aged 9 but his arms were not long enough to reach so took up the recorder first. He acheived his Grade 8 in his final year of school and has since taken up the piccolo, playing both in the orchestra....
He is also a keen bell ringer and Tower Captain at St Machar's Aberdeen so rings bells weighing a tonne or more and plays the piccolo - something small and something large!
When not making music Ian was Aberdeen City Council's Countryside Officer managing the Ranger Service. He has recently retired and giving him more time for his other passion, wildlife photography.
Ian is Webmaster for the Inverurie Orchestra and the Ury Riverside Park as well as his own website.
Ordinary Member - Carol Bristow
Carol joined the orchestra the year after its inception, as an “adult learner”. Having played the piano as a child she wanted to move on to an instrument where she would always get a place in amateur orchestras no matter how badly she played. Right enough, there are never enough viola players, Maybe due to the fact that they are always the butt of orchestra jokes – you may have heard such as "How can you tell when a violist is playing out of tune? The bow is moving". Poor old violists. She also plays in Deeside Orchestra and a string quartet, dabbling with the violin ready for the time when the viola is too heavy to hold up.
Having recently finished Uni where she was the most mature (!) student of architecture, she now has more time to practise, so no more excuses.
Ordinary Member - Sharon Huxtable
Sharon plays French horn with the orchestra.
Ordinary Member - Tamsin Morris
Tamsin plays double bass and also plays with Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra.