Secretary: Mrs Sally Chapman
Mrs Jo Ballington
Deputy Chairman: Nick Willmot
Treasurer: Paul Taylor
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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.
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 .
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: 21 February 2018