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"Judging by the applause in the theatre, everyone had a fantastic evening. Members of the orchestra waited by the stairs to meet their friends and fans and there was a real buzz in the air. I spoke to the lady sitting next to me, who had never been to one of their concerts before and had just stumbled across the event online; she was delighted to have access to classical music on her doorstep. It was a wonderful example of how music can bring a community together and I have no doubt that the CRSO will always be able to find an audience here."

- Johanna Coulson, Voice Magazine, CRSO Concert February 2017

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20th February 2017
Jerome Sadler

Jacob Bride Baptism and Belle

Members of the CRSO had a wonderful rehearsal on Sunday 19th February in which we explored CRSO Associate Composer Jacob Bride’s new work “Baptism and Belle”, a song cycle in five movements after poems by Louise Erdrich and Emily Dickenson. Jacob conducted, and we were joined by Mezzo-Soprano Sian Woodling, who sang beautifully. The movements are:

8th February 2017
Jerome Sadler

James Clinch (1927-2017)

I had a sad trip to Newcastle on the 24th January to attend the funeral of a very important figure in the history of the CRSO. Many people in our audience will remember James (“Jimmy”) Clinch, who founded the orchestra (in its first guise as Rochester Arts Orchestra, the “RAO”) in 1969 with Bill Holtby and

1st February 2017
Jerome Sadler

Programme for 25th February Available Now

The programme for the CRSO’s concert on 25th February 2017 is available now here for £2 online (it is £3 for a printed copy on the day). The programme is full of interesting information about the pieces which we are playing, and it’s always a good idea to download it and read it ahead of the concert.