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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Autumn 2017 News

It was good to have so many of you at our concert at St John's Church in Horninglow in July, helping us to "walk in Jerusalem, just like John" in rousing fashion.

We have a busy few months ahead, and we hope to see just as many of you again. Our next concert will be on Saturday 11 November, at 7.30 pm, at St Mary's Church in Rolleston. This will take the title "God Bless America", and will be a celebration of music from the USA. The programme will include three pieces by Eric Whitacre, including the very popular Seal Lullaby. We will also be singing Lux Aeterna by the contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen, an arrangement of Amazing Grace, and many other tuneful works.

Our Christmas concert will take place on Wednesday 13 December, also at St Mary's Church, also starting at 7.30 pm. As ever, there will be plenty of opportunity to join in some of our best-known carols and hymns.

We would also like to give you notice of a special concert on Sunday 22 April next year at Burton Town Hall. The main work will be the Sunrise Mass by the young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (pronounced "Yaylo"). Using Latin texts, it "creates a beautiful journey that from beginning to end suggests sadness, pain, chaos, drama and conflict". It calls for a choir of around 100 people plus a 24-piece orchestra, and promises to be a big occasion - reminiscent of our sell-out performances of The Armed Man and Zimbe! in recent years.

The programme will also include pieces by Eric Whitacre, Grieg's Holberg Suite and an extract from Zimbe! As before, we will be looking for extra singers to help boost our numbers. Please keep an eye on local publicity, including Rollestonian, for more details.

Meanwhile, we resume rehearsals after the summer break on Wednesday 23 August. We meet in the upstairs room at the Spread Eagle on Wednesday evenings at 7.40 pm. We always welcome new singers. Why not give us a try?

Nick Willmot

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Summer 2017 News

It was great to see so many of you at our concert at St John's Church, Horninglow, in March. We were also very pleased to welcome the Mayor of East Staffordshire, Cllr Mrs Beryl Toon and her consort James (of Rolleston of course), who were carrying out one of their last official activities of the mayoral year.

St John's is this year celebrating its 150th anniversary, and we are helping with the festivities. So in July we are staging a concert which will take the name "John" as its theme. We have been thinking laterally: the programme will include the "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Faure, as well as pieces by John Lennon, Elton John and Johann Strauss. More "Johns" to be announced!

Please note the concert will take place on Friday 7 July (not the usual Saturday). It may also start earlier than usual. Keep an eye on our posters nearer the time for details.

Nick Willmot

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Spring 2017 News

Lots of you came to our Christmas concert at St.Mary's in December - it was good to see so many people there, and the evening seemed to go very well.

Our Spring Concert will take place at the Church of St Mary and St Modwen in Guild Street, Burton, on Saturday 25th March, at 7.30 pm.

It will centre on music to celebrate the Annunciation, and will include the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Stanford, Salve Regina by Arvo Part, and music by Howells and Pergolesi - plus much more.

Tickets, price 8, will be available soon from Starbucks News or from choir members; please look out for details on our posters.

If you enjoy singing, you might like to give us a try: we are always on the lookout for new members. There is no audition. We meet every at 7.40 pm every Wednesday evening in term-time, in the upstairs room of the Spread Eagle. You will get a friendly welcome.

Meanwhile, have a look at our website:

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: 14 July 2017