RFDO’s 25th Anniversary Concert

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Published on: May 10, 2018

The Royal Forest Of Dean Orchestra celebrates 25 years with this concert.

Date:  Saturday 16th June 2018     

Start Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: The Forest Theatre, College, Forest Of Dean Campus, Monmouth Road, Berry Hill, Coleford. Gloucestershire GL16 7JT O/S Ref: SO 581125

Programme:

  • Rach Piano Concerto no. 1
  • Freya Ireland: Commissioned work for the orchestra celebrating the 25th Anniv. -Serpents Of the Dean
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams: Orchestral prelude: ‘Rhosymedre’
  • Dvorak: Symphony no. 9 in E minor. Op. 95 B.178  ‘From The New World’

 

Conductor:  Glyn Oxley

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Soloist: Adam Heron – Glocs. young music of the year 2016, Piano category finalist BBC young musician of the year 2018.

Tickets:  Adults £10/concessions £8 (over 65/unwaged). Free entry to those still at school. Tickets available on the door.

Programmes: £1

Retiring Collection: TBA

Refreshments: Will be available

 

Adam Heron (Pianist)

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Adam Heron (Pianist)

Born in Hong Kong in 1999, Adam Heron has established himself as one of today’s leading young pianists. He performed at the Keyboard Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018, which was broadcast on BBC Four Television, and in 2017 he was unanimously made the recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Award following a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall.

At the age of seven he joined Gloucester Cathedral Choir , under the directorship of Adrian Partington. Following this he won a scholarship, courtesy of the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme, to study at Wells Cathedral School with Hilary Coates. Whilst a student at Wells he achieved notable success, including winning first prize at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s prestigious Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition. In addition to this, he holds the titles of both Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016 and Taunton Young Musician 2016, and is a laureate of the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle.

Adam frequently performs in recital, both in the UK and abroad. Recent overseas engagements include a concert at the residence of the British Ambassador in Kiev, Ukraine, and also a tour of his native Hong Kong with the acclaimed British cellist Jamie Walton. Closer to home, Adam has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Bath Pump Rooms. He often appears at the Cheltenham Music Festival, and in 2017 he was invited to return there to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 271 with the Chineke! Orchestra, directed by the American conductor Jonathon Heyward. Adam is active as a composer too, and has heard his work played in public on numerous occasions.

He has received masterclasses from several eminent figures, including Stephen Hough, John Lill, and Imogen Cooper, and he was recently offered a recording contract with the Spanish record label, KNS Classical . Currently, he studies with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy in London, where he holds a full-fees scholarship. Adam is very grateful to be supported generously by the Hattori Foundation.

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Musical Director Vacancy!

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Published on: April 15, 2018

The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is looking for a new Musical Director from September 2018. We are a well established amateur chamber orchestra of about 30 players, giving three concerts per annum at various venues around the Forest of Dean. Rehearsals are held at Newnham St Peter’s Church of England Primary School GL14 1AT, on Thursday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm  in school term times.

There is no fee attached to this position which will initially be for twelve months. . Auditions will be held on 21st and 28th June. The closing date for applications is 31st May

 

To apply please complete the application form and email it, together with your CV and a brief letter outlining your suitability for the post and your reasons for applying, to the Chairman Rosemary Griffiths by the closing date of 31st May.

 

If you require any further information please contact Rosemary

Spring Concert 2018

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Published on: February 16, 2018

                                                                   

Date:  Saturday 17th March 2018     

Start Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Newnham Church

Programme:

  • Rossini Barber of Seville  Overture
  • Haydn Symphony No. 104 ‘The London’
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ‘The Pastoral’

 

Conductor:  Glyn Oxley

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Tickets:  Adults £8/concessions £6. Free entry to those still at school.

Programmes: £1

Retiring Collection: St. Peter’s Bells Restoration Appeal

Refreshments: Will be available

 

RFODO Christmas Concert 2nd December 2017

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Published on: September 17, 2017

Date: Saturday 2nd December 2017

Start Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Coleford Baptist Church
Programme:

  • Rossini: The Thieving Magpie Overture
  • Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)
  • Dvorak: A Selection Of The Best Known Slavonic Dances
  • Schumann: Symphony No.4

Conductor:
Leader:       Ros Taunton

Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) on door
Free entry to those still at school.

Programmes: £1
Retiring Collection: Monetary donations for The Forest Foodbank

Refreshments: Will be available

Parking: Parking is free in Coleford in the evenings. The car park next to the Church is likely to be full with orchestra members cars. The roads in the centre of Coleford will be closed during the day and early evening for the Christmas Market and Light  Switch On. Although the advance warning signs say 10.00 -20.00 hours maximum we have been told that the roads should hopefully be open by  about 18.30.

By the way, our next concert will be at Newnham On Severn Church. Keep the date  17th March 2018 in your diaries.

PROMS IN THE PARK (Summer 2017 Concert)

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Published on: May 23, 2017

Date: Saturday 8th July 2017
Venue: Newland Church (Newland. nr. Coleford).
Programme:

  • Walton: Crown Imperial
  • Bohme: Trumpet Concerto (Soloist – Rory Gordon)
  • Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture – Romeo and Juliet
  • Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
  • Henry Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs.
  • Arne: Rule Britannia
  • Parry: Jerusalem

Conductor: Jane Ching-Ying Chan
Leader:       Ros Taunton

Thankyou to everyone for a great concert. See you at the next one !

Next concert: 2nd December at the Coleford Baptist Church

Jennifer Statham video

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Published on: March 29, 2017

Soloist Jennifer Statham plays Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra

Spring 2017 Concert

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Published on: February 22, 2017

Date: Saturday 25th March 2017

Start Time: 7:30 pmRFDOSprint2017
Venue: Newnham Church
Programme:

  • Sarasate Zigeunerweisen
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
  • Bizet Carmen Suite No’s 1 & 2

Conductor: Jane Ching-ying Chan
Leader:       Ros Taunton
Soloist:       Jennifer Statham

Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) on door
Free entry to those still at school.
Retiring Collection: Newnham St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School

Jennifer Statham (Violinist)

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Published on: January 22, 2017

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Jennifer is currently in her second year studying Music at the University of Bristol. During her gap year she achieved distinction in both her violin and singing ABRSM Performance Diplomas and a merit in her Grade 8 Music Theory. In 2013 Jennifer won the Gloucestershire Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition on her violin and last year won the Carducci Prize in Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year. At university she is leader of the University Chamber Orchestra, a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers and the Berwick Consort and earlier this year she performed in the University Opera Society’s production of Sweeney Todd. Before coming to University Jennifer sang in the Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir, where she was given solos, and in 2015 she was asked to sing solo in the Boxing Day service at the Cathedral. Also leader of the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra for 2 years, Jennifer was asked to perform as the soloist for Vivaldi’s Summer with the orchestra on tour to the Black Forest, Germany last year.

Winter 2016 Concert

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Published on: September 22, 2016

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016rfdo-poster-winter-2016

Start Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Coleford Baptist Church
Programme:

  • Beethoven Egmont Overture
  • Brahms Variations on a Theme of Hydn
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Conductor: Jane Ching-ying Chan
Leader:       Ros Taunton

Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) on door
Free entry to those still at school.
Retiring Collection: Baptist Church Piano Fund

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