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Charnwood Orchestra finds new home in Barrow Charnwood

Orchestra was founded in 1973 by Jo O’Reilly, then Director of Music at Rawlins Community College, Quorn. He called it Quorn Orchestra and his vision was that of a community orchestra that would be made up of both local residents and students from Rawlins. For nearly 40 years it remained a Rawlins institution rehearsing in the foyer every Thursday evening during term time. Of course there were changes over the years: it improved in ability and scope and its members came from an increasingly wide catchment area. Some years ago it changed its name to The Charnwood Orchestra to reflect this.

However, the major changes in funding for community activity in the county made Rawlins a very expensive option for the orchestra and it was with regret that we had to move away from Rawlins and into Humphrey Perkins High School. Our new hosts are delighted: how fitting for an Arts College to have a full symphony orchestra based there.

The move has proved to be a great success and we feel very comfortable in our new home. The recent improvements to the facilities and appearance of the hall make it a light and airy place to rehearse. So much so that we will be presenting a popular family Christmas concert: ‘A Night in Vienna‘ on Saturday January 16th 2010. More about that in the December issue of Barrow Voice.

Meanwhile, the orchestra will be giving its annual concert in Holy Trinity Church, Barrow on Saturday October 10th starting at 7.45pm. The programme commemorates the bicentenary of Haydn’s death with his Violin Concerto No. 1 in C (Nic Fallowfield will be the soloist) and Symphony No. 103 ‘The Drum Roll’. It will also include Respighi’s ‘The Birds’ and Ravel’s ‘Pavane pour une infante defunte’.

Tickets will be available at the Paper Shop, High Street, Barrow or by contacting me, Judith Rodgers on 07718 153117 or Full price tickets will cost £8.00 and concessions £6.00. Accompanied children of 16 and under will cost £2.00 each. Often people turn up at the door assuming that there will be plenty of seats available but to warn you, two years ago, we had to turn people away so don’t risk it!

Judith Rodgers