The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is staging its very first children's Christmas concert in collaboration with the Forest Musial Landscape project.
The Jingle Bells concert on Saturday 8th December at Coleford Baptist Church is also the debut concert for the orchestra's award winning conductor Stefano Boccacci.
Pupils from Berry Hill Primary School will be singing carols between Christmas favourites from the orchestra, such as Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’ and Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’.
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 Stefano, who hails from Colombia, where he conducts his own chamber
orchestra. He is currently studying for a Masters Degree in conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
The concert, which is being staged with Forest Musical Landscape, is the culmination of an exciting 25th anniversary year for the orchestra, led by founder member Ros Taunton. A retiring collection will be held in aid of Berry Hill Primary, whose PTA will be serving refreshments afterwards.
Forest Musical Landscape is one of 38 projects in the Heritage Lottery Funded Foresters' Forest partnership programme.
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