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NSCB Committee

The committee is made up of volunteers from the band and its supporters who are elected to run, develop and maintain the Newark and Sherwood Concert Band organisation in line with the band's constitution.


Alison Brown

Hi! I’m Alison and I am the secretary for the band. I joined the band in 2011 and play clarinet (or try to at least . . . . .).
I’m a microbiologist by trade and currently sell centrifuges into academia and pharmaceutical companies. 
I’m married to my husband Jay, and we have 2 boys – Finley, my eldest, who plays drums in the band, and Ashton, who can often be seen running around in between rehearsals and at concerts . . . . 
​In my spare time I’m a beekeeper and also keep chickens and love spending time in the garden.


Richard Williams

​I’ve spent nearly 40 years in the world of banking and for the last 15 years have been a property director with a major bank.  I did actually start work in Newark and whilst over the years I have worked in various roles across the Midlands I have lived here for over 30 years.  


​I have played bassoon in NSCB for about 9 years.  I played the bassoon until I was 17 and then stopped for 30 years.  I really would encourage anyone who played an instrument and gave it up to give it another go - one the best decision I have ever made!


Richard Birch


I’ve been involved with the band in a non-playing capacity since 2013 when my eldest daughter, Amy, became a member playing the clarinet. I originally started out as tea boy and then when some of the band committee members knew I was an accountant, took over as treasurer in 2014 when the band needed help.


It has been an honour as a family, with my wife Linda, to continue supporting the band in the subsequent decade and playing a small part in helping it develop and grow in numbers (including my youngest daughter, Rachel, also joining as a clarinet player).


One of the areas I am proud of is helping the band to achieve charity status, which has helped to cement the organisation as a supporter of music within the wider community.

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Cathryn O'Shea
Website, Publicity & Media

I'm Cathryn, I play flute, piccolo and percussion, and I'm in charge of the bands social media and website.


I'm married to the Musical Director, Colum who has been my best friend since we were teenagers. In 2023 we welcomed our son, Caelan into the world. 

On the rare weekends we're not making music, we love chilling with our dog, Jetson, seeing family, and sitting in a beer garden with friends. 


Victoria Williams

Committee member

Hi! I’m Victoria. I’ve been playing with NSCB since I was 10 years old, and I play principal flute (and sometimes the piccolo…!).

My Dad, Richard, plays the bassoon with the band too – and my Mum and brother are avid supporters!

I am currently at the University of Nottingham studying Genetics, which definitely keeps me busy. I also work in a local care home in the Activities team, providing activities across our residential, dementia and nursing communities.

Away from music, study and work, I enjoy seeing friends and spending time with my dog, Lilly.


Sarah MacNish


Hi, I’m Sarah and I have been playing in NSCB for 8 years. I play Solo Clarinet and I’m in charge of safeguarding in the band.

I have been surrounded by music my whole life. I started playing the cymbals aged 4 (the only thing I was big enough to carry and play!) in the Newark Corps of Drums – which later became The Red and Greys Youth Marching Band. I also played in various other bands growing up including County Orchestra; Grantham Town and Newark Town Bands; Magnus Swing Band; Concert Band and Dixie Land Jazz Band. This led to me studying Music at University alongside Teaching and to my job as a Primary School Teacher today.


I have now been teaching for 24 years and I am passionate about children coming together to make music and seeing the progress that they can make when playing and singing as a group or individually.


I still love playing music, and my family love music too. I am married to Stephen and have two lovely children, Hamish and Mirren. We love to listen to a wide variety of music and can often be heard singing around the house! We also love spending time at the beach and holidays – we especially love Scotland, Wales and Norfolk. I also love to read, enjoy crafting, doing a spot of gardening and finding time to catch up with my friends!


James Wood
Committee member

James began his musical education at Bramcote Lorne Preparatory School where he started learning the cornet. He continued his lessons through secondary school at Lincoln Minster School where he spent his spare time in the excellent wind and jazz bands. 2010 saw James join The Band of Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force where he really found a passion for music and public performance, eventually taking up the tuba which he plays at NSCB when not fulfilling his role as Assistant Musical Director. 


James carried on as a music instructor with the Army Cadet Force, eventually commissioning and being appointed Director of Music. After taking a few years off to concentrate on work he rejoined the ACF as Director of Music of a Hull-based band. Since 2022 James has also held the appointment of Musical Director of the nearby Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Concert Band; a post which has seen him develop his conducting and compering abilities, both skills which he is always keen to make use of when conducting NSCB. 


In 2019 James was part of the team to launch the Newark and Sherwood Development Band, and became their first musical director, a post he proudly held until stepping back in 2022 to concentrate on other commitments. James conducted the band at their first public performance in late 2019 and even with the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, organised virtual rehearsals through Zoom in 2020 and into 2021. While no longer actively involved in with the Development Band, James continues to be immensely proud of what it continues to achieve. 


Kelly Lashbrook

Committee member

Kelly started learning the clarinet at the age of 8, and enjoyed playing with various ensembles as a teenager in Devon.


After studying music at university, she worked as both an instrumental and secondary music teacher, teaching clarinet, saxophone and flute.


Returning to instrumental teaching after having children, Kelly has recently resumed ensemble playing and joined NSCB in 2021. She particularly enjoys supporting younger players in the Development band and ensuring players of all ages and abilities get the most out of their time playing.


Kelly has recently started conducting the Development band and looks forward to welcoming new players to the group.

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