Rolleston Music Circle & Choral Society
President: Mr Alan Partington

Secretary: Mrs Sally Chapman
3 Alders Reach
Rolleston on Dove
DE13 9BB
01283 810604

Chairman: Mrs Jo Ballington
23 Ashby Road East
DE15 0PS
01283 562091

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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Winter 2016 News

It was good to see so many of you at our Baroque music concert in Horninglow in October. We like to show we are still in touch with our classical roots!

Our Christmas concert will take place on Wednesday 14th December, at St Mary's Church, at 7.30 pm. As usual, there will a good mix of traditional and new tunes, as well as the chance to join in with some carols. We look forward to seeing you there.

Look out for details on our posters nearer the time.

You might also like to see us at the Mayor's Christmas Concert, on the afternoon of Sunday 11th December at Burton Town Hall.

Meanwhile we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Nick Willmot

Autumn 2016 News

It was good to see many of you at our summer concert at St Mary's Church in July. The Beatles' hit "All You Need is Love" topped the bill, but in view of the weather perhaps we should have included "Bring Me Sunshine"!

Our next concert will have a much more classical flavour. It will include Vivaldi's ever-popular Gloria, Byrd's Ave Verum, the Magnificat by Pergolesi, and the Concerto for Two Trumpets, also by Vivaldi. A bright and cheefrul evening of uplifting choral music.

This will take place on Saturday 15th October at 7.30 pm, at St John's Church Horninglow. Please look out for posters nearer the time for details of ticket prices etc.

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Nick Willmot

Summer 2016 News

Our last concert in March, at St Mary's Priory Church in Tutbury, was a sell-out and it was great to see so many of you there. For a glowing review, plus all kinds of other information, why not visit our website:

Our next concert is called All You Need Is Love and will be a celebration of love, romance and marriage, spanning four hundred years: with music from Bach to Wagner to The Beatles. Please make a note of the date and venue: Saturday 2nd July, 7.30 pm, St Mary's Church, Rolleston-on-Dove. More details will be posted nearer the time, and tickets will be available as usual from Starbucks News.

Nick Willmot

Spring Concert
“Animal Music from the Deep”
St Mary’s Church, Tutbury
Saturday 19th March 2016, 7:00pm

For this concert we will be joining up with Outwoods and John of Rolleston junior schools to perform Captain Noah and his floating Zoo by Joseph Horovitz & Michael Flanders. The schools will be performing Jonah Man Jazz, by Michael Hurd. We will also be performing further "Animal Music from the Deep" including excerpts from St. Saens' Carnival of the Animals, the Hippopotamus song, Mopy Dick and Wade in the Water. This promises to be a lively concert and should appeal to a wide variety of tastes. We will be benefitting from a professional trio comprising: Pianist, Bass player and Percussionist. The whole event will be under the Musical Direction of Simon Lesley. Tickets available from Starbucks Newsagent or any RCS Committee Member

Spring 2016 News

We were delighted to see so many of you at our Christmas concert in December.

Our next event will be a big occasion, with "animals" a central theme. Up to 100 children from John of Rolleston and Outwoods primary schools will join us for a performance of Captain Noah's Floating Zoo, a rumbustious and light-hearted version of the famous Bible story, with music by Joseph Horovitz and lyrics by Michael Flanders. The children will also give us Michael Hurd's up-tempo Jonah Man Jazz. The Hippopotamus Song might also find its way into the evening - which we have provisionally entitled Things That You're Liable to Read in the Bible.

Because of the large numbers taking part, we will be mounting the concert at The Priory Church of St Mary, Tutbury. More details to follow on posters and on our our website:

Meanwhile, please make a note of the date: Saturday 19th March. Tickets will be available as usual from Starbucks News and from choir members.

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: 1 December 2016