Rolleston Music Circle & Choral Society
President: Mr Alan Partington

Secretary: Diane Millar
Caenarvon House
Hall Grounds
Rolleston on Dove
DE13 9BS
01283 813921

Chairman: Carol Wynn
3 Aults Close
DE65 6QG
01283 704714

Deputy Chairman: Nick Willmot
244 Rolleston Road
DE13 0AY
01283 565992

Treasurer: Paul Taylor
The Old Hall, Hall Grounds
DE13 9BS
01283 812118

Latest News

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Summer 2018 News

Would you like a chance to sing some choral music in a very informal and friendly atmosphere?

We are staging a "Come and Sing Day" at St Paul's Church, Burton (near the Town Hall) on Saturday 23 June. The music will be "Pop and Gospel", and no previous experience is necessary! Music will be provided. We hope to see you there.

Another date for your diaries is Saturday 8 September, venue: The Scout HQ, Station Road, Rolleston-on-Dove. We will be joining Rolleston Scouts and the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra - plus their Concert Band - for a "Last Night of the Proms" concert. This is a new event for the village and promises to be a very lively and tuneful occasion.

Details of both events will appear soon on our website: Or look out for our posters nearer the time.

Nick Willmot

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Spring 2018 News

It was good to see so many of you at St Mary's Church for our concert in December. Several of you said that when this event comes round, you feel Christmas has really started!

We would like to remind you about our big special concert at Burton Town Hall this Spring. The main choral work will be the Sunrise Mass by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, which has some wonderful sounds and harmonies. The programme will also feature three pieces by the popular American composer Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque, Sleep and The Seal Lullaby. In keeping with the season, we will also hear an arrangement of the Beatles' hit Here Comes the Sun. Let's hope that's true!

An orchestra will also perform the very lively and tuneful Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg.

We will be joined in this venture by the well-known local choral group "Friday Voices", and by other guest singers, bringing the total numbers on stage to around 100. It should be quite an occasion.

The concert will take place at Burton Town Hall at 7.30 pm on Sunday 22 April. Tickets will be a very reasonable 10 (under 16s free). Please watch for more publicity and details nearer the time.

Nick Willmot

Singers who would like to join the choir should come to one of the weekly rehearsals held at 7.40 pm on Wednesdays in the meeting room on the first floor of the Spread Eagle Inn. More details from Nick Willmot, on 565992  .


Rolleston Choral Society

The Rolleston Music Circle had its beginnings with the Concert Outings which David Yates use to organise on a regular basis - starting in 1958. In 1962 he founded the Rolleston Music Circle as a gramophone society. Then in 1963 (at that time as a separate venture) the Rolleston & District Choral Society. By 1966 the two had been amalgamated into The Rolleston Music Circle & Choral Society of which he was Conductor until 1980. It is still officially registered as this, but with the demise of the gramophone side in 1980 only the Choral Section is ongoing at present. In 1966 he started and directed the first of the bi-annual Rolleston Music Festivals. The one advertised on the poster below - the 1968 Rolleston Festival - is the second. In the 60s and 70s David produced forty issues of 'CIRCLE NEWS' - during his current term in office as President he intends issuing several more copies. Issue No.41 of 'CIRCLE NEWS' is available for download here

Most people think that the Rolleston Music Circle started in November 1962, this is true in name, but not in fact. There was a group of Music Lovers in the village who got together in 1957, with a view to attending concerts and musical events over a wide area. Read more about this (article by David Yates) here.


Last updated: 19 May 2018