Today, we also unfortunately said goodbye to another Society giant, former Musical Director, Trevor Collins.
Trevor was a musician to his fingertips. Or, rather, to his baton-tip. And a very enthusiastic musician and energetic conductor, despite his long-term illnesses.
A stalwart of Halesowen Orchestra, Trevor joined CHAOS Youth as their Musical Director and in 1993 was also asked to step up to the adult Society for what he thought would be Carousel, one of his favourite shows. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, we ended up presenting Calamity Jane that year. But Trevor was introduced to the wonderful world of CHAOS and was hooked!
He eventually got to conduct Carousel with us in 1997. But he was a whole lot more. He worked closely with principals and chorus alike with a lot of empathy and, as these things can often go on the night, could turn the orchestra on a sixpence (if not Half a Sixpence) and still time the music and the performance perfectly. He was part of many an award-winning production with CHAOS, including Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Me and My Girl.
In 2011, Trevor took up the challenge of MD-ing a new concept – our high-octane concert show Strictly CHAOS and over four seasons supported the Production Team and Performers on stage with some pretty fast numbers.
Illness first struck in 1999 when Trevor had to pull out of rehearsals for Oliver! and his wife Shelley took over. In 2015 illness struck again, although this time during the interval of the Opening Night of Miracle on 34th Street. This time, the keyboard player, Simon Wilkinson took over the baton.
We will be forever grateful for the time, effort and work that Trevor gave to the Society, often waiving any fee or expenses. We have said goodbye to another great name in Black Country operatics who was only interested in the pure fun and enjoyment of live theatre.