Bickerton to Burnley

burnleymechanicsMany thanks for the warm reception at Bickerton last night through Cheshire Rural Touring.  Tonight Fordante move further up north to Burnley Mechanics in Burley in partnership with SpotOn Lancashire Rural Touring.

First 4 Fordante Date Announced for 2016/17 tour


The first four concerts in what will turn into a busy schedule have just been added to the Fordante concerts page (further dates to be announced soon).

In partnership with Spot On Lancashire and Cheshire Rural Touring Association, Fordante are performing their show “From Strauss to the Movies and more…” at four venues in the North West, a region which have not yet seen Fordante before.  The concert will include a mix of popular classics, music from film soundtracks and some of their own enchanting and mesmerising originals.

The November tour dates are:-

  • 23rd Bickerton Village Hall
  • 24th Burnley Mechanics
  • 25th Halton Church, Lancaster
  • 26th Neston Library, Cheshire

Further details can be found here.


Online Radio Interview

Many thanks for the opportunity to have a rather long online radio interview with Dr Furey discussing all things Fordante, film composing and news about the upcoming preview of Suite for The Fallen Soldier.

A little Fordante update…

Suite for The Fallen SoldierIt’s been quiet on the Fordante front. Concert wise we’re waiting to hear back from multiple venues, promoters and agencies to confirm dates.  Although there are several in the pipeline I’m holding back on any announcements until we’ve got the list complete.

In the meantime what has been taking a lot of my composing time is something slightly different to what Fordante has performed to date.  In May 2015 I was commissioned to compose some music to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 supported through Heritage Lottery/Feckenham PCC.  What was initially requested as a 10 to 15 minute piece of music soon developed into a suite of 45 – 50 minutes of music once the subject matter was explored.

I’m looking forwards to the premier of this music ‘Suite For The Fallen Solider’ on Armistice Day 2016, being performed by over 80 voices and instrumentalists.  Some of this music I’m sure will be rearranged and find its way into the Fordante repertoire.

Further information and studio recordings can be found here:


New Year and a new tour

I’m currently in the planning stages of our next tour and this is an exciting time for me because it means I get to read all of the wonderful feedback we’ve had from previous concerts, looking through suggestions for what our audiences like to listen to and start preparing our program for the coming autumn season – which means alot of new musical arrangements.

Already established is that I’m going to be delving into some works by Strauss and Puccini which will include such beautiful classics as Skater’s Waltz, Intermezzo (from Cavalleria Rusticana) and Roses From The South.  New this season will be Fordante’s first foray into the world of Operatic music so turning popular songs that are usually sung, into arrangements for the Fordante line-up will be an challenging prospect.  But it’s something I’m rather looking forward to creating nevertheless.

New Concert Announced – Melbourne Assembly Rooms – Sat 17th Oct

We’re very pleased to have been invited up to Melbourne Assembly Rooms in Melbourne, Derbyshire on Saturday 17th October.  Although we have performed several times in beautiful Derbyshire this is a new concert hall for Fordante.

Fordante to perform at Melbourne Assembly Rooms
Fordante to perform at Melbourne Assembly Rooms

The concert will feature some wonderful music by Strauss and popular light classics such as The Blue Danube Waltz, Bolero, Radetsky March, well known evocative film music along with some of Fordante’s own light, easy listening music.

Concert starts at 7:30pm. Tickets and further information can be found on the Assembly Rooms website.

Fordante 2015 montage video

From standing ovations, to sell out venues and multiple encores – Fordante’s 2015 ‘From Strauss To The Movies’ concert season was a first for us in many ways. Catch a 2 minute overview of Fordante’s tour here: