New Edition of Our History
A painstakingly compiled and fascinating 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'.
Summer Concert Award
At our summer concert in June and in front of a large and appreciative audience, cellist, Christine Skelding, was presented by chairman, Trevor Pleass, with an award marking the occasion of twenty years playing with the Newent Orchestra. The brief ceremony acknowledged the generous contribution Chrissy continues to make to our orchestra.
Congratulations to Trevor Pleass
Our Chairperson and 1st violinist, Trevor Pleass celebrated his 90th birthday at the end of March. Is he the oldest orchestral player in the country? The occasion was celebrated in style at our Newent Symphony concert on 25th March. 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. 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 an orchestra trio is a regular event at Sheppard House, Newent's drop-in centre for the elderly and disabled. The trio of violin, viola and cello, presents a programme of light classics to an appreciative audience followed by a lovely afternoon tea provided by the carers and staff.
Major Grant Award
The orchestra received a substantial grant from the Notgrove Trust in support of its concert in March, celebrating all things 'Newent' in music and the arts. This has helped to make the concert, which included an art competition and the first performance of Bill Anderton's Newent Symphony, a spectacular success and an occasion to remember for years to come.
Grant Fund For Musicians
To mark the launch of the orchestra's grant fund, the first act was to provide member, Chloe Dunwell, with a violin worthy of her talent and musical potential. The group with Chloe and her grandparents represent St Mary's Church, the Newent Orchestral Music Appreciation Society, the orchestra and Peter Carmen all of who contributed generously towards this presentation. Photo. courtesy Colin Thomas, Crystal Flame Photography.
We have gratefully received contributions from the Newent Orchestral Music Appreciation Group (NOMAG), St Mary's Church in Newent, Peter Carmen and Chris Wooldridge - please contact us if you would like to contribute to the fund and encourage music making.
To apply for a grant, download both files below.
Music Appreciation Meetings
A successful venture for the orchestra is a Music Appreciation Group which has begun regular meetings. These are held on the last Friday of each month at St Bartholomew's Activity Room, Newent, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. The meetings are friendly social occasions to listen to and chat about music, musical experiences, favourite music and new music. If you would like to find out more about this from the organiser, Ginny James, please use the Contact Form.
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 weekend afternoons.