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Digital Listening Post at Ross Library
Ross-on-Wye Library has been chosen to take part in a
pilot project with BBC Radio. Public libraries and BBC
radio have long been two of the country's most active
supporters of reading. Now the two networks are joining
forces on a project to create a great new buzz around
scheme will see a selection of programmes about books
from BBC Radio 4 - made available to library users at
the touch of a button. A pilot project, steered by The
Reading Agency in partnership with the BBC, will see thirty
listening posts set up in public libraries across the
UK and Ross-on-Wye Library is one of the lucky few to
posts are aimed at getting people talking about books
and reading, and will be especially useful to the members
of reading groups. 'We are delighted that Ross library
has been chosen and we are very excited to work with the
BBC on this project to help make reading even more of
a pleasure,' said Anne-Marie Dossett, Reader Development
BBC has added to the partnership with a new web page,
online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/books.shtml. This
gives information about all the books programmes broadcast
on Radio 4 and BBC7, with opportunities to listen to programmes
you have missed, and exchange comments on message boards.
A Fund-raising Concert for Ross Town Band
The concert to raise much needed funds for Ross Town Band
will take place in St. Mary's Parish Church on Saturday,
6th May 2006. The money raised will be used to purchase
much needed new instruments and uniforms. The Morriston
RFC Male Voice Choir will be joined by Soprano, Jennifer
Walker and the Ross-on-Wye Town Band and the concert will
start at 7:30 pm.
cost £10 and are available from The Tourist Information
Office, The Heritage Centre and County Collections, Ross,
Outback Classical Music, Hereford, RMD Records, Coleford,
or by telephoning 01594 860497.
Stormin' Norman gets his locks off for Macmillan Nurses
below, Norman Joyce, aka 'Stormin' Norman' had his head
shaved by Jessica Webb at the Horse and Jockey public
house on Good Friday, 14th April to raise money for Macmillan
Nurses. So far, losing his hair has raised £150.00
for the nurses.
below, the before and after photos. In the bottom photo
are Sheryl and Corinne Watkins of the Horse and Jockey
with Arthur Smith, Ben Dean, Julie Taylor, Andrew Holton,
Mark Phillips, John Waithe and, of course, Jessica Webb
and Norman Joyce.
Rare Baroque Passion!
With so many performances of Bach's well known Passions
this Easter, it was a refreshing change on Tuesday 11th
April 2006 in the beautiful setting of 'The Church of
St Mary the Virgin', Ross-on-Wye, to have the rare opportunity
to hear a Passion by one of his contemporaries, Reinhard
German composer, Reinhard Keiser was educated at the famous
Thomasschule in Leipzig, where J S Bach would later teach.
He was primarily known as an opera composer having composed
upwards of sixty operas by 1728. He wrote a variety of
other works including several passions. Like his operas,
Keiser's Passions are full of dramatic momentum which
Bach admired. Indeed, Bach is known to have directed at
least three performances of the St Mark Passion. Tonight's
performance was a brand new English translation from the
Ross-on-Wye Baroque Singers along with soloists Katherine
Hawnt - soprano, Ben Turner - alto, Christian Sturm -
tenor and William Burn - bass, were accompanied by the
stylish playing of The Musical and Amicable Society Baroque
Orchestra directed by Martin Perkins.
work follows the passion story which we are all familiar
with. Although much shorter than the passions of Bach,
Keiser's setting is perfectly formed. The singing was
generally of an excellent standard, and I really do admire
the way in which Christian Sturm (Evangelist) coped with
the new English text. Being German, he had sung the work
many times in it's original form and his performance was
admirable, if a little tentative at times. The light soprano
voice of Katherine Hawnt (no stranger to audiences at
Ross) was, as always a delight to hear. Alto, Ben Turner,
a Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey sang with all the professionalism
one might expect. A special mention should be given to
the absolutely beautiful 'treacle' like bass voice of
William Burn. His dramatic and sensitive singing of the
role of Christ was memorizing. The chorus (directed by
David Backhouse) was also excellent. They were dramatic
in the 'Turba' (crowd) choruses and beautifully sensitive
in the softer chorale movements Mention should also be
given to soloists from the choir Sarah Hall, Andrew Roberts,
John Eden and David Backhouse who all sang with dramatic
should not forget the orchestra which was superbly led
by violinist, Kelly McCusker. Her beautiful obligato playing
was truly magical. Particular mention should be given
to the rich inner texture provided by the double viola
parts, a particular feature of German baroque music at
the second half of the concert we were given another treat
which was Giovanni Pergolesi's [1709 - 1736] setting of
the Stabat Mater. This was sung by soprano Katherine Hawnt
and alto Ben Turner. The brisk tempi and the stylistic
singing and playing made this a truly delightful performance.
Again, particular mention should be given to the intricate
viola part in several of the movements played beautifully
by Kate Fawcett.
concert was arranged and presented by Ross Live! as the
final event in its first year of operation which ends
on 30th April.
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