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Tony Emery

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Trombone Player / Band leader  

Tony started playing the Trombone at the age of 12 and Joined the Royal Marines Band at the age of 17. Having left the Royal Marines, Tony then played professionally spending the summers seasons playing at Butlins & the winter seasons playing at the Bristol Hippodrome or as a musician on caribbean cruises. He has worked with many famous acts over the years. His claim to fame is that he once turned down the chance to play with Dexys Midnight Runners. Tony Formed the Bristol Pops Orchestra with the aim of only playing the best of music from the 60s to date..

Ben Preston

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Drums

Ben began playing with a Trad Jazz band for a while and got some much need gigging experience. From there he joined Bristol Pops Orchestra which has rovided a great opportunity to bed down some basics of rock, pop and funk drumming.

Meet The Band

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TONY EMERY
Trombone Player / Band leader  

Tony started playing the Trombone at the age of 12 and Joined the Royal Marines Band at the age of 17. Having left the Royal Marines, Tony then played professionally spending the summers seasons playing at Butlins & the winter seasons playing at the Bristol Hippodrome or as a musician on caribbean cruises. He has worked with many famous acts over the years. His claim to fame is that he once turned down the chance to play with Dexys Midnight Runners. Tony Formed the Bristol Pops Orchestra with the aim of only playing the best of music from the 60s to date..

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ROB CHIVERS

Lead Guitar  

Rob plays Lead guitar for us, & has been playing for the past 30  years. "I have barely put the guitar down since I started" says Rob.. He has been in various bands in the U.K, Egypt

and Argentina playing a mix of covers and originals. Rob is also an accomplished songwriter. Despite all his experience over the last 30 years, playing guitar for the Bristol Pops Orchestra is still the best experience & most exciting band he has ever played with..Thanks Rob!

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ANYA SZRETER

Piano/Keyboards  

 Anya studied piano to diploma level, has an Oxford University degree in music, and trained as an opera singer. She also trained as a Music teacher and has taught music and singing from Reception up to A level. After moving to Bristol in 2018, she started up a community choir The Nightingale Valley Choir and has since started two more choirs, Arnos Vocale and The Redcliffe Singers. After a career as a classical musician, Anya decided it was time to indulge her lifelong passion for all things rock, pop, soul, blues and Motown so she joined the Bristol Pops Orchestra in 2018

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FREYA SZRETER

Vocals  

Freya joined Bristol Pops Orchestra in 2021 after moving from London to study Animation. She was briefly the singer/songwriter for Bristol-based indie band Rhino Barfight (2018-2019) and the same for London-Based synth duo Rocket City Blues (2016-2018). Freya was also the graphic designer for both bands' logos and album art. Freya gives a 110% performance every time with BPO

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LYNETTE TABERNER

Alto Saxophone  

Lynette began classical guitar at 11 and clarinet at 15, studying both at Chichester university, along with her music degree. Since 2003 she has worked as a peripatetic teacher of both instruments around South Glos schools. Lynette enjoys harmony singing, having been a member of Free Range Acapella, and more recently Arnos Vocale. Lynette opted for a change from the classical world and joined Bristol Pops Orchestra on alto sax. It's been amazing fun, especially having her daughter Imogen join on vocals!

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IMOGEN DOWNES

Vocals  

Imogen is a Bristol based singer, writer and theatre-maker who has been playing and performing music from a young age. At the age 4 years old she began playing classical guitar, and as a teenager moved into performing acoustic covers with various groups and bands. As an adult she has combined her passions of music and theatre, performing in venues such as Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres, The Wardrobe Theatre and more. She joined The Bristol Pops Orchestra in 2020 and is loving the experience of making music with a full Orchestra

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JOE CLEMENTS

Drums  

Joe began Drumming at 14 going on to study music at Stroud college, then onto Bimm Bristol, graduating with a First in popular music performance. A top-class professional, he is passionate about drumming, loves playing and performing different styles, especially funk and soul and rocks the big band sound of Bristol Pops Orchestra!

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STU BALDWIN

Bass Guitar  

Stu started playing bass at the age of 14 in the midst of 80s pop and wearing the bass as high as possible. Since playing in various function bands over the years, including stints on cruise ships and holiday camps, the dream of being the next Mark King is still there though and the bass has been appropriately lowered, and his love of all things pop n disco has continued.

The Bristol Pops Orchestra offers the eclectic mix of music he craves with fantastic musicians. In his own mind he sees himself as a real triple threat, however he now realises he’d better leave his singing and dancing to others and concentrate on holding down the low end.

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CHRIS DIMMICK

Trumpet

Chris discovered his love for the trumpet at the age of 14 and has since immersed himself in the world of music as a sought after trumpeter, performing with orchestras, big bands, and theatrical productions. Chris added his talents to the BPO in 2024, and is excited to play the diverse blend of music BPO delivers! 

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MELANIE GOODRICH

Vocals  

Mel is a highly versatile vocalist who sings with a number of Bristol-based bands and jumped on board with BPO in 2024.  In her singing career she has worked at Holiday Parks across England, around the world on Cruise Ships and spent three years gigging in Canada.  Back home, Mel is busy singing on the entertainment circuit as well as raising her family and supporting Bristol Bears Rugby team!

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