Press Release: Christmas Concert 2017

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Published on: January 2, 2018


Concert at Coleford Baptist Church

Saturday 2nd December 2017

The Royal Forest of Dean took the audience on a tour of nineteenth century romantic classics, from Rossini to Schumann via Dvorak and Mendelssohn. There was no specifically Christmas music this year for the end of year concert, but they presented a romp through the popular classics to an astonishingly successful performance of perhaps the least known piece of the evening, Schumann’s 4th symphony.

The influence of new conductor, Chris Manners, was immediately obvious. Chris is the latest in a long line of talented and influential conductors who have taken the Orchestra from its beginnings 24 years ago to its present status as a fine regional orchestra. Chris has followed the orchestra as a supporter for most of that time, and he was delighted to take over the baton this year. As a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, he keeps up the Orchestra’s productive connection with that college. He is expressive, precise and sympathetic, and has come up with an exciting programme of music which was perhaps the finest concert that the orchestra has presented. There were at least 41 musicians in the orchestra, giving power and depth to the programme

The Thieving Magpie, Fingal’s cave and Slavonic Dances were performed with style and spirit, flowing, lyrical and evocative, and in Schumann’s 4th the Orchestra really came into their own. It is a difficult piece, but was carried off with energy and was a real triumph for the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra.

As always, the Orchestra raised funds at the concert for a worthy local charity, and this time £162 was raised for the Forest Foodbank.

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