Concert This Weekend – 21st March 2015

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Published on: March 19, 2015
Bassoonist Richard Tattam rehearsing with RFDO

Come along to Newnham-on-Severn this Saturday (March 21) to hear some fabulous music at daffodil time.

The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra’s Spring Concert at the parish church will feature much-loved works by Elgar and Mozart in this picture postcard setting.
Youngsters from the St Peter’s Church of England primary are being invited to come and listen to the rehearsal before the evening performance – when funds from the retiring collection will go towards a spiritual garden at their school.

This will be talented new conductor Jack Lovell’s second concert with the orchestra – and he has invited professional Midlands bassoonist Richard Tattam to perform Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto.

Richard won a scholarship to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire and later went on to gain an Honours degree in Music.  He continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a PgDip in Performance in 2008. He has recently performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with Sinfonia of Birmingham for their tour of Italy in 2013.

“The concerto is a work that is often used by bassoonists for auditions,” said Richard, “but what I am enjoying so much is being able to give it my interpretation for this concert.”

Another popular Mozart work – ‘the Great G Minor Symphony’ (No 40)  – will also feature during the concert.

This will provide a contrast to Elgar’s beautiful Chanson de Matin and its companion piece Chanson de Nuit, which will bring another dimension to the evening. Conductor Jack, aged 24, who gained a Master’s Degree in conducting from Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, said: “I have chosen this programme as not only because the music is beautiful, but the tremendous challenges that it presents for the players are fundamental to a high level of musicianship and technical ability.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm and there will be refreshments served during the interval. Tickets, available on the door, are priced at £8 (concessions £6) and schoolchildren are free.

RFDO with conductor Jack Lovell
RFDO with conductor Jack Lovell
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Important Dates
  • Saturday March 21 2020 7.30pm: Spring Concert at Newnham Church
  • Saturday July 4 2020 7.30pm: Summer Concert at Newland Church
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