Triple treat on orchestra’s 30th birthday!

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Published on: July 6, 2023

Don’t miss the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra’s celebration of young musical talent at its anniversary concert at Parkend Church on Saturday (July 8) at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 on the door (free for children/students and Ukrainian families).

Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2023 finals at Pittville Pump Room
Winner Isaac Williams on violin
Picture by Mikal Ludlow Photography
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In the spotlight will be: The world premiere of upcoming Forest composer Ryan Probert’s work The Bears, Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year violinist Isaac Williams performing Saint-Saens and songs from Ukrainian super soprano Nadia Postolatii.

Ryan Probert – Composer
Nadia Postolatii – Singer

Musical director Fiona Crawley has come up with yet another standout programme also featuring Mozart’s much-loved The Magic Flute Overture and Ravel’s Bolero. Co-conductor is Will Sharma.

Sponsors for this special anniversary event include Ernest Heal & Sons Construction Ltd, The Forest of Dean Rotary Club, West Dean Parish Council and The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Charitable Trust. The retiring collection will benefit Parkend Community Orchard.

Composer Ryan Probert and Musical Director Fiona Crawley
Guest conductor Will Sharma
Musical Director Fiona Crawley


Christmas Concert 2022

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Published on: November 22, 2022

Date:  Saturday 10th December 2022

Start Time: 3:00 pm

Venue: Coleford Babtist Church


  • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Selection
  • Vivaldi: “Winter”
  • Lane: Overture on French Carols
  • Respighi: Adoration of the Magi
  • Selection of seasonal music

Conductors:  Fiona Crawley and William Sharma

Leader:       Ros Taunton


Tickets:  Adults £5 on the door, including programme.

Free entry to those in full time education

Refreshments: Will be available

Summer 2022 Concert

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Published on: June 21, 2022

Date:  Saturday16th July 2022

Start Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: St Paul’s Church, Parkend (GL15 4HJ)


  • Rossini: ‘The Silken Ladder’ Overture
  • Finzi: A Severn Rhapsody
  • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’

Conductor:  Fiona Crawley

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Soloist:        Alan Holder

Tickets:  Adults £10 including programme. On the door. Free entry to those still at school.

Programmes: Download here or available on the gate.

Retiring Collection: The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal

Refreshments: Will be available

Grace Lewis (Oboist)

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Published on: February 3, 2022

My name is Gracie, I’m 17 years old and love to play the oboe alongside studying for my A levels – psychology, music and a practical course in performing arts. I have received an offer and been awarded a scholarship from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study their music course starting in September this year, and I’m very excited for it. I have also been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales since 2019, and take part in regular rehearsals, concerts and residential courses with Gwent Youth Orchestra, (Gwent) Youth Wind Orchestra and Bristol Youth Orchestra. Being in these groups has enabled me to progress as a player, make lots of good friends and lead to exciting opportunities such as performing in the Royal Albert Hall in London for the Music For Youth Proms in 2018. I also love to sing (I currently direct Wyedean Gospel Choir) and play the saxophone as I am a big fan of jazz music, so I play at gigs with my hometown’s community big band and, until the Covid-19 pandemic started, Gwent Youth Big Band. I think it is incredibly important to appreciate all different kinds of music – it feels good to enjoy sophisticated classical works, dance around to musical theatre and pop, admire the creativity in improvisation in jazz and look forward to attending Reading festival all at the same time. The piece I have chosen for the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra’s Spring concert is Cimarosa’s oboe concerto, which is one of my favourites to play as I find his music written for woodwind solos to be very pretty and almost spiritual – the same reason I also enjoy works of Albinoni. My main goal is to achieve a creative career and inspire others to make and enjoy music. I feel privileged to have been invited to perform a concerto for the orchestra – an exciting opportunity I’m very grateful for. I hope you enjoy it.

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