New Edition of Our History
A painstakingly compiled history of our orchestra was published a few years ago. The author, George Taylor, handed this valuable document over to current treasurer and principal oboe, Dr Colin Henderson, who has not only brought it up to date but has created a digital version, freely available on line.
The history records all past members, concert programmes and repertoire, as well as significant dates and events. Inevitably, there is more that could be added, if we knew about it. So, if you have any information or old photographs that could have historic value, please let us know. The document can be read on line or downloaded at 'History and Heritage'.
Congratulations to Trevor Pleass
Our Chairperson and 1st violinist, Trevor Pleass will celebrated his 92nd birthday at the end of March. Is he the oldest orchestral player in the country? The occasion of his 90th was celebrated in style at our Newent Symphony concert on 25th March, 2017. Here's to many more years of making music with you, Trevor.
Membership of the orchestra has increased substantially in the previous three years so we thought it about time to take a new photograph which is at the top of this page. Thanks are due to photographer, Robin Lister, CPAGB, for this one under Newent's iconic Market House. Taken just minutes before our annual spring concert, we were dodging raindrops before snatching the opportunity for this timely update.
Compare this pic with previous ones on the History and Heritage page.
Trio Appreciated at Sheppard House
Music played by a trio of orchestra members is a regular event at Sheppard House, Newent's drop-in centre for the elderly and disabled. The trio of Kim Mather, violin, Bill Anderton, viola and Rosemary Chatterton, cello, presents a programme of light classics to an appreciative audience followed by a lovely afternoon tea provided by the carers and staff.
Congratulations to our President
Cllr Roger Beard received a British Empire Medal in this year's birthday honours list in recognition of meritorious civil service. Congrats, Roger!
Celebrating 60 Years
The Newent Orchestra Christmas concert is always a time of celebration, even more so at the end of 2018, as our conductor, George Taylor, can now claim 60 years of service to the orchestra. Pictured centre, he and his wife, June, received a gift during the concert proceedings to mark the occasion. The presentation was made by principal oboe and orchestra treasurer, Colin Henderson.
Newent Orchestra Grant Fund
Bursary awards are available for the furthering of musical education through instrument purchase support, assistance towards cost of music tuition or courses, provision of a music course, and producing a composition. Applicants resident in the Three Choirs counties of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire are eligible. The fund is now also available to cover part of the cost for the establishment of music clubs or groups to encourage young people to take up music.
To apply for a grant, download both files below.
We have gratefully received contributions to the fund from the Newent Orchestral Music Appreciation Group (NOMAG), St Mary's Church in Newent, Peter Carmen and Chris Wooldridge.
Music Heritage Exhibits in Newent
Newent's Market House is home to an exhibition and museum about Newent and the surrounding area. The exhibition has been given a make-over by the History Society and extended to include a permanent display about Newent's music heritage. This is good news for the orchestra which now has a permanent record on display of its considerable achievements. From Easter through the summer, the exhibition and museum is open on weekend afternoons.