Spring 2015 Concert

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Published on: January 29, 2015

Date: Saturday 21st March 2015 RFDO Spring Concert 2015

START TIME: 7:30 pm
Venue: Newnham Church
Programme:

  • Elgar – Chanson du Matin
  • Elgar – Chanson du Nuit
  • Mozart – Bassoon Concerto
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 40

Conductor: Jack Lovell
Leader:       Ros Taunton
Soloist: Richard Tattam
Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) on door
Free entry to those still at school.
Retiring Collection: Newnham St. Peter’s School

Winter 2014 Concert

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Published on: September 22, 2014

Date: Saturday 6th December 2014

NEW START TIME: 7:30 pm

Venue: Coleford Baptist Church

Programme:

Rameau Nais

Ravel Ma Mere L’Oye

Bizet Symphony No 1 in C

Conductor: Jack Lovell

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Tickets: £8 (concessions £5) on door

Free entry to those still at school.

Retiring Collection: Warrior Programme

Summer 2014 Concert

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Published on: May 22, 2014

Schumann and Schubert

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Date: Saturday 28th June 2014

NEW START TIME: 7:00 pm

Venue: Newland Church

Programme:

Schumann Cello Concerto

Schubert Symphony No. 9 – Great C Major

Conductor: Thomas Payne

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Soloist: Robert Kurnatowski

Tickets: £8 (concessions £5) on door

Free entry to those still at school.

Retiring Collection: Children’s Opportunity Cent

Spring 2014 – to the memory of Mary Milne

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Published on: March 11, 2014

Mary Milne

The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra has dedicated its Spring Concert concert on SaturdayMarch 29 to the memory of one of its members violinist  Mary Milne, who died from a brain tumour earlier this year at the age of 63.   A retiring collection is being held in aid of the Brian Tumour Charity.

The concert, featuring soloist Simon Smith playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto and  Dvorak’s Symphony No 6, is being held at St Peter’s Church, Newnham-on-Severn at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the door at £8, with concessions for under-25s and over-65s at £5 and school children free.

Brahms and DvorakSimon Smith

Date: Saturday 29th March 2014

NEW START TIME: 7:30 pm

Venue: Newnham Church

Programme:

Brahms Violin Concerto

Dvorak Symphony No. 6 in D

Conductor: Thomas Payne

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Soloist: Simon Smith

Tickets: £8 (concessions £5) on door

Free entry to those still at school.

Retiring Collection: The Brain Tumour Charity

Winter 2013 Concert

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Published on: October 23, 2013

Overture and semi-staged scenes from three Mozart operas…

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NEW START TIME: 7:00PM

Venue: Coleford Baptist Church

Programme: The Marriage of Figaro

Cosi fan Tutte

Don Giovani

Conductor: Thomas Payne

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Tickets: £8 (concessions £5) on door.

Free entry to those still at school.

 

 

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20th Anniversary Concert

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Published on: April 15, 2013

Date:    6th July 2013 @ 7:30pm

Venue: Forest Theatre, Five Acres

Featuring:    

  • Benjamin Graves: Capriccio Inglese a patchwork for Orchestra (Commissioned for RFDo 20th Anniversary)
  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Haydn: Symphony No 104 ‘London’

Conductor:  Thomas Payne

Soloist:        Chris Andrews

Leader:       Rosalind Taunton

Ticket Price: £8 (concessions £5). Free if you are at School. Tickets on door.

Spring 2013 Concert

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Published on: January 25, 2013

Date: 16th March 2013 @ 7:30pm 

Venue: Newnham Church

Featuring:

  • Sibelius: Valse Triste
  • Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’

Conductor: Thomas Payne

Soloist: Robert Kurnatowski

Leader: Rosalind Taunton

Ticket Price: £8 (concessions £5). Free if you are at School.

Car Share: If you would like to be put in touch with other audience members from your area please contact: carshare@rfdo.org.uk

Winter 2012 Concert

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Published on: January 7, 2013

Date:         1st December 2012 @ 7:30pm

Venue:       Coleford Baptist Church

Featuring:   Mozart Overture to Cosi fan tutte

Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb

Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

Conductor: Thomas Payne

Soloist:        Edward Carpenter

Leader:       Rosalind Taunton

Car Share:  If you would like to be put in touch with other audience members from your area please contact: carshare@rfdo.org.uk

2012 Summer Concert: 30th June

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Published on: May 28, 2012

Date: 30th June 2012 at 7:30pm

Venue: Newland  Church

Featuring:

Sibelius Finlandia

Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor

Sibelius Symphony No. 3

Conductor: Thomas Payne

Soloist:         Elin White of Gloucester

Leader:         Rosalind Taunton

Car Share: If you would like to be put in touch with other audience members from your area please contact: carshare@rfdo.org.uk

Concert Review: Winter 2011

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Published on: December 21, 2011

The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra scored another successful
concert at the Baptist Church, Coleford, with another well chosen programme of
concerto, symphony and folk music. The Orchestra have enhanced their reputation
recently in performances with distinguished soloists invited to join them, and
this latest concert was no exception.

Simon Smith, the internationally famed violin virtuoso, and
Alex Kirk, the local Forest piano prodigy performed Beethoven concerti at the
last two RFODO concerts, and for their December event the orchestra were joined
by Kwesi Edman for the Cello Concerto in G, by Beethoven’s teacher Joseph
Haydn.

Kwesi is a London based teacher, conductor and performer in
many forms of music and other art forms, and he enjoyed a triumph performing
this spirited and vibrant piece with its richly graceful and lyrical second
movement.

Thomas Payne is now the Orchestra’s resident conductor,
having dropped the ‘guest’ from his title. RFODO have produced their best work
under Thomas’ direction, and his appointment as permanent musical director is
another step forward for this ambitious regional orchestra.

It’s impossible to talk about this conductor without using
the adjectives ‘youthful’ and ‘energetic’, and watching him at work one is also
aware of his great empathy with the orchestra, coaxing, encouraging, but most
effectively with a big smile which shows that performing great music can be
great fun. The partnership between conductor, soloist and orchestra was a great
feature of the cello concerto.

The first piece was a series of Romanian folk dances by
Bartok, with exotic sounds and haunting melodies on the flute. It was a brave
selection by the Orchestra to perform this less well known music, but they
carried it off well.

After the cello concerto and the interval, the Orchestra
reassembled with brass and percussion to give full value to Mozart’s powerful
and joyful ‘Jupiter’ symphony, and it was a tribute to Kwesi Edman’s commitment
and professional outlook that he joined the Orchestra after his demanding solo
performance to continue his contribution to the evening sitting among the
cellos.

The RFODO’s next performance is at St Peters Church,
Newnham, on 24th March, 2012. As well as the Magic Flute Overture
and Brahms Symphony No 2, they are will be performing a trombone concertino by
Ferdinand David. I rather suspect that they might have signed up a brilliant
solo trombonist for the occasion.

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