Wem Town Hall Concert

We had a great time up in Wem this weekend performing at the newly renovated and very smart Wem Town Hall on the same weekend as the Sweet Pea Flower Show. As I hadn’t seen the venue before I was rather pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The acoustics were well suited to our sound so much so that the instruments didn’t require mic’ing.

The audience was very appreciative and the feedback following the concert was fantastic with several requests for us to return.

Fordante At Wem Town Hall
Fordante At Wem Town Hall

Thanks to everyone at the concert, including Rose, for making us all feel so welcome. I look forward to seeing you all again.

3 Fordante concerts this weekend: Buxton & Wem

Fordante have three concerts scheduled this weekend. On the Saturday 17th July we are over at Wem Town Hall, Shropshire and then on the Sunday we’re playing two concerts at the United Reform Church in Buxton, Derbyshire as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival.

I understand from friends of Fordante up in Buxton that the Buxton Advertisor Newspaper has just put out the following editorial which can be seen online at:

http://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/leisure/Classical-ensemble-meets-the-big.6423754.jp

Buxton is well known for it’s water and Wem for it’s Sweet Pea Flower Show (which incidentally coincides with our 17th July concert) – but for this weekend let’s keep our fingers crossed for a dry spell…

Composer’s Interview With FestivalPreviews

I was recently interviewed by the Festival Preview site as Fordante are going to be appearing on Sunday 18th July at Buxton Fringe Festival for two concerts (4:00pm & 7:30pm).

You can read the full and candid interview atwhere I discuss a little behind how and why Fordante was formed along with some other interesting (and not so interesting) facts!

www.festivalpreviews.com/blog/6323/10-questions-an-interview-with-phil-mountford/

Fordante FestivalPreview
FestivalPreviews.com

MUSO Magazine – Another Great Album Review

I’ve just been notified that ‘The Arrival’ has been reviewed by the classical music publication MUSO Magazine. And a rather nice 4 star review it is too!

Dramatic and evocative… polished…impassioned…thrilling… original and interesting music

It’s interesting to note the repeated use of ‘dramatic’ and ‘evocative’ in the reviews this album is receiving.

Fordante Concert Season 2010 has begun

Well that’s the first concert of the season at Adforton, Shropshire, completed and it’s great to have played once again to such an appreciative audience.

Featuring a series of popular pieces from the big screen, in particular I must admit it was great fun performing music from Pirates Of The Carribean (by Klaus Badelt/Hans Zimmer), alongside music from our album ‘The Arrival’. There were a couple of other suprises musically in there too.

It was also great to welcome our youngest and newest member to the ensemble (Ruth Woolley) on Viola.

So thanks to all those who came to the Adforton concert – I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next concert at The Memorial Hall, Upton-Upon-Severn, Worcestershire, this Saturday 19th June at 7:30pm.

More concert dates finalised

Three more dates have been announced for the Fordante tour:

Harvington (Worcestershire)

Ledbury Theatre, Ledbury (Herefordshire)

Sparc Leisure Centre at Bishop’s Castle (Shropshire)

Full details on the concert listing page.

More concert dates announced

More concert dates have been announced and Fordante have been asked to perform at The White Swan Hotel as part of the new Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe Festival on 11th June, Wem Town Hall on 17th July and shall also be at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms on 22nd October.

For a full list (so far) have a look on the Concerts page.