Christmas Concert 2019

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Published on: October 23, 2019

Drum roll for children’s Christmas favourites

Conductor Stefano Boccacci with some members of the orchestra at last year’s Christmas concert for children in Coleford.

Children’s Christmas Concert: Saturday December 7 at 3pm Coleford Baptist Church

There’ll be a drum roll at this year’s Children’s Christmas Concert as talented young timpanist Jemma Hadley-Sharp performs her specially-composed piece Snow Steps with the orchestra at Coleford Baptist Church on Saturday December 7 at 3pm.

She has been holding workshops in local primary schools across the Forest in the build-up to the concert, which will feature children’s favourites such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (with Jemma narrating), Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean.

Children in the audience will also be given the chance to join in with percussion instruments and have a go at conducting. They will be taking tips from conductor Stefano Boccacci, who is studying for a masters degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where Jemma is also a student.

Berry Hill Primary School choir will be singing carols and the school’s PTA will be serving refreshments afterwards.

Also joining in will be special needs and other youngsters from Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre, which will benefit from a retiring collection at the end of the concert.

Tickets on the door are £8 for adults, £6 concessions and free for schoolchildren.

Summer 2019 Concert

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Published on: June 14, 2019

The Royal Forest Of Dean Spring Concert 2019

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Published on: February 7, 2019


Date:  Saturday 30th March 2019     

Start Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Newnham Church


  • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major
  • Delius: On Hearing The First Cuckoo in Spring
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (Classical)


Conductor:  Stefano Boccacci

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Soloist: Chris Gibbons (Clarinettist)

Tickets:  Adults £8/concessions £6. Free entry to those still at school.

Programmes: £1

Retiring Collection: Newnham St Peter’s CofE Primary School

Refreshments: Will be available

The Royal Forest of Dean Christmas Concert 2018

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Published on: August 15, 2018
This year we are staging a Family Christmas Concert to include items from Berry Hill Primary School Choir and audience carols.


Date: Saturday 8th December 2018
Start time: 3:00pm
Venue: Coleford Baptist Church
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite
Bach: Pastorale from Christmas Oratorio
Mozart: Sleigh Ride from German Dances
Johann Strauss II: Perpetuum Mobile
Waldteufel: The Skaters’ Waltz
Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Conductor: Stefano Boccacci
Leader: Ros Taunton
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Important Dates
  • Saturday October 23, 2021, 2.30pm: Autumn Concert at St Pauls Church, Parkend
  • December 2021: Christmas 2021 Concert (details TBC)
  • Saturday April 2, 2022: Spring 2022 Concert, Newnham Church (details TBC)
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