Stroud Folk Weekend: Join the Orchestra


By Robin Burton

If you play anything that can be squeezed, blown, plinked or scraped and can follow a line of music, then the Stroud Folk Weekend Orchestra needs you!

You will practice 4 - 5 traditional tunes drawn from the music of the British Isles. A 2 hour workshop on Sunday 23rd September will be followed by a performance at the start of the afternoon concert at 1pm. It will be a glorious noise!

The event is led by Fran Wade who has been playing folk music for decades in various bands and has led orchestras and choirs both locally and at festivals further afield.

The cost is just £5 (not including refreshments). Bring a pencil, highlighter pen, music stand and your instrument. Arrive 10.15am for a prompt 10.30 start. Workshop finishes at 12.30 with the concert following at 1.00 – 1.30. Lunch after the concert slot!

This event has been put together following the success of last year’s “Playing Duets” workshop which has since evolved into a folk orchestra which meets once a month at Rodborough Village Hall and played its first gig in June.

The Stroud Folk Weekend offers three days full of song, music and dance on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September. The weekend features many completely free concerts and other events. This includes a day of dance on the Saturday taking place throughout Stroud. In addition there will be ticketed events at the Subscription Rooms and other venues and throughout the weekend there will be sessions and sing-arounds open to all comers in the Little Vic and in the Ale House.

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