STOP PRESS: We can announce that tickets for the next Christmas Concert at Berkeley Castle on Sunday 15 December 2024 are on sale at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury by telephone on 01684 295074 and online at We are mentioning this now as tickets for the 2023 event sold out 3 months in advance and we know that many people were disappointed that they were therefore unable to come. Joining Orchestra Pro Anima will be the celebrated clarinettist Robert Plane to perform the much loved Clarinet Concerto by Mozart. The programme will also include ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’, Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto and more……

Saturday 16 March 2024 at 7.30pm
Leominster Priory, Church Street, Leominster HR6 8NH


Mozart Serenade in B flat for 13 Wind Instruments K361 ‘Gran Partita’
Dvorak Serenade for Winds in D minor Op 44

This wind ensemble of senior students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama will play two of the great works in the wind repertoire. Mozart’s sublime Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments, otherwise known as the ‘Gran Partita’ is a truly celebrated masterpiece. Here is a passage from the film ‘Amadeus’ spoken by the composer Salieri on hearing the opening bars of the third movement.

‘On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse. Bassoons and basset horns, like a rusty squeezebox. And then suddenly, high above it, an oboe: a single note, hanging there, unwavering… until a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! This was no composition by a performing monkey! This was a music I'd never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing, it had me trembling. It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.’

Also on the programme is Dvorak’s rustic and lyrical Serenade for Winds, arresting from its very opening with its dark, rich sonorities. The work is set in a classical mould but has a distinctly Bohemian flavour.

Tickets £14 (students half price)
Leominster TIC on 01568 616460 and
The Courtyard, Hereford on 01432 340555 and online at

Saturday 6 April 2024 at 7.30pm
The Great Barn, Hellens, Much Marcle, nr Ledbury HR8 2LY


Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B flat Op 11 ‘Gassenhauer’
Walter Rabl Clarinet Quartet in E flat Op 1
Dvorak Piano Trio No 4 in E minor Op 90 ‘Dumky’

In this intriguing programme, the internationally renowned Gould Piano Trio is joined in the first half by the illustrious clarinettist Robert Plane. The concert comprises a comparatively early and engaging work by Beethoven which also exists in a piano trio version; a deeply romantic work by Walter Rabl from the late 19th century that found favour with Brahms; and a perennially loved Bohemian masterpiece: Dvorak’s ‘Dumky’ Piano Trio.

Tickets: £20 (students in full-time education free) from Hellens and Hereford Courtyard 01432 340555