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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Laura Hosford and Fiona Crawley

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Published on: June 27, 2016

 

RFDO JUNE 2016 LAURA HOSFORD1  RFDO JUNE 2016 Fiona Crawley

Laura started playing the flute at her local primary school in Coleford when she was 8. After starting to play piano a few years later, Laura has since gone on to pass grade 8 in both instruments, obtaining a distinction in her grade 8 flute. This is her third year with the orchestra, which she enjoys regularly playing in alongside other ensembles in the Forest of Dean, such as The Forest Flute Choir.

Laura joined Sir Thomas Rich’s School sixth form in Gloucester in 2014, where she is deputy school captain and principal flute in the school orchestra. She is currently studying for A Levels in Economics, Maths and Geography, and hopes to take a place up at Durham University in the autumn to study Economics.

Laura is looking forward to sharing the stage with Fiona Crawley, her teacher and musical inspiration, for her concerto debut.

Fiona is very active as a teacher and performer throughout Gloucestershire and beyond. She started playing the flute under Pete Tompkins at Wyedean School when she was 11 and quickly progressed to grade 8. Following a BA (Hons) in music and Italian from Bristol University where she specialised in performance and twentieth century repertoire she spent several years working for publishing houses before returning to music. She now teaches extensively in local schools and runs a thriving private practice.

Fiona is the founder and musical director of The Forest Flute Choir, now in its eleventh year and she is also responsible for creating the Yvonne Walkerdine Music Bursary which rewards young people for their music making and creative passion. She is delighted to be performing with Laura for this double flute concerto.

Spring 2016 Concert

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Published on: June 23, 2016

Sprint 2016 Concert Poster

Musical Director Vacancy

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Published on: April 6, 2016

The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is looking for a new Musical Director from September 2016. We are a well established chamber orchestra of about 30 players giving three concerts per annum at different venues in 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.

Please apply, including a short CV, to the chairman, Liz Pritchard, at  liz@gl14.net by 9th May. Auditions will be held on 19th and 26th May using part of the repertoire for our July concert:

 

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major

 

For further information please email as above.

Rebecca McNaught performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto

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Published on: March 18, 2016

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Don’t miss the chance to hear award-winning county cellist Rebecca McNaught at the our Spring Concert on Saturday (March 19), 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Newnham-on-Severn. The Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2015 will be playing Elgar’s heart-breakingly beautiful Cello Concerto under the baton of talented 25-year-old musical director Jack Lovell. Not only will this Elgar favourite be performed, but also the Enigma Variations – which will stretch the orchestra to its limit! To start the evening there’ll be Mendelssohn’s Overture ‘Calm Sea and a Prosperous Voyage’. Tickets on the door £8 (concessions £6) school children free.

Spring 2016 Concert

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Published on: February 8, 2016

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RFDO Appeal for youngsters to come to Xmas rehearsal

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Published on: November 23, 2015

Bring your primary school age children to see a real orchestra rehearsing for their Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 5th between 1.45-2.30pm at Coleford Baptist Church in Newland Street.
There’ll be carols with percussion and a taste of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – and it’s free! Just come along.

The Concert itself is in the evening starting at 7.30pm featuring Rimsky Korsakov’s Suite from the Snow Maiden, the Nutcracker and all things Christmas with talented young guest conductor Michael Cobb.

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