http://www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk. Adult tickets cost £10 (plus a booking fee). Children are free!
Memories of war will come flooding back for Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra’s only war veteran 90-year-old Trevor Pleass when he takes part in The Battle of the Somme Centenary silent film concert on July 22nd at Gloucester Guildhall.
Trevor was a member of the Signals Regiment from 1944-48 having previously joined the Home Guard at the tender age of 16. His schooldays were blighted by the Blitz on Cardiff when he frequently spent nights in cold, wet air raid shelters with his family.
The concert is the 100th in a UK-wide series promoted by the Imperial War Museum, who have restored the iconic 1916 silent film The Battle of the Somme. Composer Laura Rossi has written the soundtrack for orchestra and she will be giving a short talk before the concert which starts at 3pm.
Drama student and musician Lydia Kenny kept children spellbound as she told Roald Dahl’s dastardly version of The Three Little Pigs at our fantastic children’s concert in Stroud’s Subscription Rooms. It was our third children’s concert at this venue which we certainly hope will stay open as an arts and entertainment centre for the foreseeable future.
A big thank you to St Barnabas Church and its vicar the Rev Janet Faull, and to our musical director Glyn Oxley, our guest composer James D’Angelo and nonagenarian Trevor for making last night particularly special.
We’ve had some great feedback from Andrew and Robina Sabourin from Grippers who have written a letter congratulating you all.
Our retiring collection for Grippers raised a magnificent £348 – which translates to £436 with gift aid – and they are delighted.
I am writing on behalf of all the young people who will benefit from the retiring collection for our Gloucester charity Grippers, which helps the young recovering from mental illness, at the wonderful GSO concert last night.
The collection raised a spectacular £348.84 which will be boosted to £436.05 as this type of collection qualifies for Gift Aid. We are particularly touched that in addition to the response from the audience, many members of the Orchestra contributed very generously.
The warmth of the applause and smiling faces are a great tribute to the fantastic effort put in by Glyn and every member of your great orchestra. It was an impressive programme of music with the Rachmaninov and D’Angelo inspired by images and a full-bloodied broadside from Bruckner to leave us all inspired by that glorious echo from the high vaulted nave of St Barnabas.
Chairman of Trustees Grippers
We’ve also had feedback from one audience member Chris Woodhouse who loves Bruckner and spotted Trevor on TV – he also made a contribution to GSO funds. He took some photos and this is what he said:
Thank you for a fantastically enjoyable and excellent concert last evening. Here are some of the pics I took (and also forwarded to Mike Pleass, who happened to sit next to me!). It was a most enjoyable evening …….. and you really brought to life Anton Bruckner’s great 4th Symphony which we know well ….. and like second only to his 7th Symphony. When will you perform this please?!!
(We last saw the Bruckner 7th performed at the Proms at the RAH in 2015 by the Scottish National Orchestra . ….. and they did a great job. Look forward to hearing it in Glos tho!)
Thanks and best wishes to all,
Chris Woodhouse. North Woodchester.