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

Richard Tattam (Bassoonist)

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Richard began learning the Bassoon at the age of 11 with Merle Calderbank through Sandwell Youth Music.  Following these studies, he gained a four year scholarship to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2003.  During his time at the Conservatoire, Richard studied under Maria Mealey, Margaret Cookhorn, Meyrick Alexander and Nick Hunka whilst undertaking masterclasses with John Orford and Gareth Newman.  Richard was a three time finalist in the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music prize and was part of several Symphony Orchestra concerts.  Whilst gaining a 2:1 BMus(Hons) degree, Richard was also part of the CBSO Youth Orchestra, and took part in the CBSO ‘Igor Fest’ in 2006.  He continued studies at the Royal Northern College of Music the following year, gaining a PgDip in Performance in 2008, studying with Laurence Perkins and Stefano Canuti,  reaching the final of the Woodwind Prize.

Spring 2015 Concert

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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

RFDO Christmas concert at Coleford Baptist Church on Saturday night

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Published on: December 11, 2014

Great concert with great new conductor Jack Lovell, great audience and great support for our chosen charity – Sean Gane from The Warrior Programme for soldiers with post traumatic stress.

Jack Lovell
Jack Lovell – Musical Director

 

Prickly customer

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Published on: October 6, 2014

A rather prickly customer turned up at Thursday night’s brilliant rehearsal of the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra – along with a few others! Bass players Gordon Bailey and Vernon Godden spotted the hedgehog having a slug feast on the steps of Newnham St Peter’s Primary School where we rehearse. If you’re not prickly and you want to join us visit out website www.rfdo.org.uk

Prickly new recruit for RFDO turned up at rehearsal. Spotted by bass player Gordon Bailey near steps of Newnham St Peter's School eating a large black slug!
Prickly new recruit eating a large black slug

New Conductor for Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra

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Published on: October 4, 2014
New conductor Jack Lovell with the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra at rehearsal.
New conductor Jack Lovell with the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra at rehearsal.

Promising young conductor Jack Lovell has started on a high note as he takes up the baton with the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra. He has just gained his Master’s Degree in conducting from Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is already putting members through their paces with works such as Suite from Nais by Jean-Philippe Rameau, which he has edited himself. The 23-year-old, whose dream is to become a professional conductor, has chosen an ambitious programme with a French theme for the orchestra’s Christmas concert on December 6 at Coleford Baptist Church. He will be combining Rameau with Ravel’s popular Mother Goose Suite. And to finish the evening he will be conducting Bizet’s First Symphony for his debut in the Dean. Jack, who hails from Somerset, fell in love with music as a child, although he doesn’t come from an inherently musical family. He played piano and tenor horn from a young age and later added cello and French horn. He became hooked on conducting after being given the chance to take up the baton at Richard Huish College in Taunton, where he studied in the sixth form. Jack currently works at the Birmingham Conservatoire and is busy honing his skills, learning repertoire and developing his musicianship. He has taken over from another rising star Thomas Payne, who has conducted the Forest orchestra for the past four years. “I am really looking forward to working with and developing the orchestra,” said Jack. “It will certainly keep me on my toes and motivated.” If you are interested in joining the orchestra, which rehearses at Newnham St Peter’s Primary School every Thursday from 7.30-9.30pm, contact the chairman Liz Pritchard on liz@gl14.net or ring 01594 510604 or visit the website at www.rfdo.org.uk

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 – Rehearsal Schedule

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Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra Summer Term 2014

Date               1st Half                                  2nd Half

1st May           Schubert 1st mvt                   Schubert 2nd mvt

8th May           Schubert 3rd mvt                   Schubert 4th mvt

15th May         Schubert 1st mvt                   Schubert 4th mvt

22nd May        Schubert Full run

29th May         Half Term

5th June          Schumann                              Schumann

12th June        Schumann with soloist

19th June        Schubert Full run                    Corrections

26th June        Full concert run

28th June       (Concert) Schumann cello concerto – Schubert Symphony No.9

Summer 2014 Concert

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Schumann and Schubert

Robert Kurnatowski

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

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