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Launched in January 1993, the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is a lively and friendly ensemble, which meets on Thursday nights at Newnham Primary School (click here for map). The Orchestra comprises amateur musicians from all parts of the county as well as the Forest of Dean and South Wales.

The orchestra performs exciting orchestral music and specialises in concerto performances from young talented Gloucestershire musicians.
The Orchestra is continuing to expand and would like to hear from interested musicians.

Where We Rehearse
The Royal Forest of Dean orchestra meet every Thursday evening during school term times for a 2 hour rehearsal. Rehearsals take place at the Newnham Primary School hall and start at 7:30pm, finishing at approximately 9:30pm.

New Members Welcome
The RFDO welcome new members. If you are interested joining or would like to come along to rehearsals,  please contact Fiona Crawley or Rob Gordon.

Suggestions Welcome
We very much value our audience’s opinion, so if there is anything you would like to suggest for future concerts please drop Fiona Crawley or Rob Gordon an e-mail or visit our Facebook page and leave a comment there.

Although we cannot guarantee to include your suggestion/s it may well help us with programme ideas for future events.

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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.


Easy Fundraising

Please help support the RFDO by doing all your on-line shopping via Easy Fundraising. Its an easy way to raise money for the orchestra if you shop online for anything from groceries to holidays and it wont cost you a penny more!

To start shopping and raising money, follow this link and search for “Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra”: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/

making Music Work

Welcome , today is Friday, July 12, 2024