Lydia Taylor -Our soloist for the Summer Concert 2024

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Published on: May 30, 2024
Lydia Taylor
Lydia Taylor

 

We are delighted to welcome Lydia Taylor back, joining the RFDO as soloist for our 2024 Summer concert at St. Paul’s Church, Parkend, performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.3.

 

Originally from Bridgnorth, Lydia Taylor MEP BMus (Hons) DipABRSM has recently finished studying for a Master’s in Educational Practice at Birmingham City University, receiving a distinction for her practice-based research supervised by the leading music education researcher, Dr Ian Axtell.

She graduated with a first-class degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in July 2019, earning the Agnes Jones memorial Award for Brass.

Lydia won the Linda Mowat Solo Brass Prize in 2018 alongside achieving her ABSRM teaching diploma in French horn. 

She has performed as principal horn with the Royal Welsh Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and the CBSO Youth Orchestra in the Symphony Hall, Birmingham. After becoming a Leverhulme Arts Scholar in 2018, Lydia performed with the Royal Welsh Brass Ensemble for HRH King Charles, Women of the World Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and made her TV debut with S4C at Christmas, as part of a brass quintet. In 2019, Lydia played with the Welsh National Opera in their production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. 

 

Lydia is currently Head of Music at John Kyrle High School in Ross-on-Wye, alongside teaching brass privately in Herefordshire.

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.

Liz Lane (Composer)

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Published on: May 18, 2021

 

 

 

Liz Lane’s music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC1 and ITV, and played in major venues throughout the UK and abroad; performers have included Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Carducci Quartet, the Symphonic Brass of the RAF and Cory Band.

 Recent projects include Age Against the Machine – Grand Finale (2019), a co-creative inter-generational choral project in London; and CityScape for fanfare band, premiered in Holland (2019). Two of Liz’s lockdown Bluebird series of miniature songs with soprano Belinda Evans received over 10,000 views on social media (2020/21), including #9 Enchanted Light with Colin Booth (ottavino) and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (2021). The multimedia collaborations River of Time and Rainbow River were commissioned for online performances by Lydbrook Band as part of the Wye Valley Festival and Kapitol Cory Band Online Championships (2020/21).

 Liz was awarded a PhD from Cardiff University in 2010. She is a part-time Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol, also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is published by Composers Edition, Kirklees Music and Wright and Round.

 Current commissions include A different kind of living for the Open University Choir; Rhythm of Light, a suite for the Hepworth Band celebrating the life and work of sculptor Barbara Hepworth; an anthem Hear the Call for the first NHS, social care and frontline workers’ Day on 5th July 2021 and a new work for the Forest of Dean Orchestra to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Imjin River. Liz was recently appointed Composer in Association with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

 

Marie Roberts (Violin)

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Published on: May 17, 2021

 

Marie Roberts (Violin)

Marie is a talented violinist who has been involved in music since she was in primary school.  She has studied under many different tutors but the most influential to her career was Rhiannon Davies of Cardiff who taught her during her time at Monmouth Comprehensive School.  Marie gained an honours degree whilst studying music performance at Bretton Hall College of Music after which she returned to the Forest of Dean and began working in the Health and Safety Department at the Royal Forest (Beechams) Factory in Coleford.  At the same time, she joined the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra (RFDO) as leader of the second violins, and Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra (GSO) on front desk of the first violins next to the superb Clare Piper.

It was at the Beechams Factory that Marie developed a keen interest in the diverse world of health and safety including chemical management, culture change, behavioural safety, machinery safety and ergonomics to name a few.  During her time at the factory she gained two masters of science degrees in Health, Safety and Environmental Management with the University of Glamorgan, and Ergonomics with the University of Derby.

Over the years Marie has kept her love of music alive by playing with RFDO, GSO, The film Orchestra (TfO) and various musicals and individual concerts, and was given the amazing opportunity to perform as soloist for all three orchestras in the past, her most memorable being Scheherazade with GSO.  “I was so nervous beforehand.  I remember speaking to Glyn [Oxley] just before walking on and I was literally shaking!”.  Her last solo was fortunately just before the first lockdown at Malvern Priory with TfO on the 7th March 2020 where she performed the haunting three pieces from Schindler’s List.  It was a very emotional performance and Marie was very touched when an audience member, a holocaust survivor, approached her after the concert to congratulate her.

Marie is very much looking forward to playing the Lark Ascending for RFDO.  “This piece means a lot to me.  It is the second solo piece I ever played since leaving university.  It is also the piece I played at the wedding of a good friend and unfortunately her husband’s funeral only a year later.  I am very honoured to be playing this piece again for RFDO, an orchestra I really miss playing with.  I may get a little tearful!”

Marie is now Health and Safety Manager for Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools and is currently principal violinist of GSO and TfO.  She lives in the Forest of Dean with her husband John, son Isaac (6), daughter Elena (1) and her two dobermanns Jacob and Micah.

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Important Dates

Saturday 7th September 2024. The Planets by Gustav Holst, 10am St, Mary’s Priory Church, Chepstow. NP16 5HA. Orchestral workshop day. Free for observers throughout the day.

Saturday 14th December 2024. Christmas concert, “Northern Lights”. Music by Sibelius and Rautavaara.

Saturday 26th April 2025. Spring Concert – Newnham Church.

Saturday  12th July 2025. Summer Concert – Parkend Church.

Saturday 13th December 2025. Christmas and Winter Concert – Coleford Baptist Church.

 

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