Spring 2019 Concert Review

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Published on: April 4, 2019

Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra

Concert at St Peter’s Church, Newnham, Saturday 30th March 2019

The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra were on top form on Saturday, with a new musical director who is bringing the best out of the players, a varied and challenging programme, and a local clarinet soloist who gave an outstanding performance in what was the highlight of a great evening, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major.

The first item was Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, an expressive and positively unmournful tribute in four parts to French victims of the First World War. The piece is underlaid with traditional folk dance music, and was a fitting introduction to the well-loved Mozart Clarinet Concerto, which may be more familiar to Forest Brass Band musicians as the basis of the popular brass piece ‘Stay with me till morning’. The Orchestra always secures a brilliant soloist for its concerts, and this time it was Christopher Gibbons of Yorkley Wood, who is a fine all-round musician, as teacher and conductor, and a freelance performer who has played at concerts throughout the UK and Europe.

He had only one opportunity to rehearse with the Orchestra before the concert, but you wouldn’t have known as there was a great rapport between orchestra, conductor and soloist, and this performance was something very special.

After the interval Delius’s famous Cuckoo emerged in a spring evening to entertain the audience, and the final piece was another orchestral delight, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, a fiendishly difficult work which was carried off with verve and confidence by a fine local orchestra.

I have been following the RFODO for 25 years now, from the uncertain days of the nineties to now when they have become a significant regional orchestra. The journey has been driven by a series of passionate and sympathetic musical directors, and the current incumbent, Stefano Boccacci, is taking the orchestra to an even higher level. I think that this was the Orchestra’s best ever concert.

Dave Kent

Spring 2019 Concert – Press Release

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PRESS RELEASE Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra Spring Concert March 30 2019

The Royal Forest of Dean Christmas Concert 2018

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Published on: August 15, 2018
This year we are staging a Family Christmas Concert to include items from Berry Hill Primary School Choir and audience carols.

 

Date: Saturday 8th December 2018
Start time: 3:00pm
Venue: Coleford Baptist Church
Featuring:
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite
Bach: Pastorale from Christmas Oratorio
Mozart: Sleigh Ride from German Dances
Johann Strauss II: Perpetuum Mobile
Waldteufel: The Skaters’ Waltz
Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Conductor: Stefano Boccacci
Leader: Ros Taunton

Orchestra Music Available for Hire

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Published on: August 15, 2018

Handel Organ Concerto no.3
Bach Wedding Cantata
Sullivan The Gondoliers Suite
MacCunn Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Saint Saens Danse Macabre
Moss The Big Country
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen (no solo part)
Henry Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Parry Jerusalem
God Save the Queen
Elgar Enigma Variations – score only

 

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