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
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 104 ‘The London’
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ‘The Pastoral’

Conductor: Chris Manners

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

 

Press Release: Christmas Concert 2017

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Published on: January 2, 2018

ROYAL FOREST OF DEAN ORCHESTRA

Concert at Coleford Baptist Church

Saturday 2nd December 2017

The Royal Forest of Dean took the audience on a tour of nineteenth century romantic classics, from Rossini to Schumann via Dvorak and Mendelssohn. There was no specifically Christmas music this year for the end of year concert, but they presented a romp through the popular classics to an astonishingly successful performance of perhaps the least known piece of the evening, Schumann’s 4th symphony.

The influence of new conductor, Chris Manners, was immediately obvious. Chris is the latest in a long line of talented and influential conductors who have taken the Orchestra from its beginnings 24 years ago to its present status as a fine regional orchestra. Chris has followed the orchestra as a supporter for most of that time, and he was delighted to take over the baton this year. As a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, he keeps up the Orchestra’s productive connection with that college. He is expressive, precise and sympathetic, and has come up with an exciting programme of music which was perhaps the finest concert that the orchestra has presented. There were at least 41 musicians in the orchestra, giving power and depth to the programme

The Thieving Magpie, Fingal’s cave and Slavonic Dances were performed with style and spirit, flowing, lyrical and evocative, and in Schumann’s 4th the Orchestra really came into their own. It is a difficult piece, but was carried off with energy and was a real triumph for the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra.

As always, the Orchestra raised funds at the concert for a worthy local charity, and this time £162 was raised for the Forest Foodbank.

RFOD Orchestra 17th March 2018 (early announcement)

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Published on: December 4, 2017

Date: Saturday 17th March 2018

Start Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Newnham On Severn Church
Programme:

  • Haydn: 104th Symphony (The London)
  • Beethoven: 6th Symphony (Pastoral)

Conductor: Chris Manners
Leader:       Ros Taunton

Tickets: TBA on door
Free entry to those still at school.

Programmes: £1
Retiring Collection: TBA

Refreshments: Will be available

Parking: TBA

 

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: Chris Manners
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

Heavenly flutes at Cathedral of Forest

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Published on: July 5, 2016

Fiona Crawley and Laura Hosford performed Cimarosa’s Concerto for Two Flutes at Royal Forest of Dean’s farewell concert for inspirational conductor Jack Lovell on Saturday July 2. Superb swan song for Jack who also conducted Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven’s Symphony No 2. The orchestra wishes him all the best for the future.

YouTube video: Cimarosa cadenza

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