Romany Wood is a 40 minute classical work for children's voices, narrator and orchestra, with text by David Carr and music by David Gaukroger. The piece is designed to appeal to children aged 7-13.
Romany Wood was written to raise money for Sunfield Childrens Home in 2003 and has since had over a hundred performances in Cathedrals, Town Halls and Concert halls, involving over 7,000 children and raising over £100,000 for charity. There has been a Classic fm broadcast and excerpts have been performed on BBC Songs of Praise.
There have been two Royal Charity Gala performances: with Prince Edward, to open the new Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury; and with the Duchess of Cornwall at the Birmingham Royal Ballet School - this to raise money for the National Osteoporosis Society.
Now Romany Wood is the focus of a four-year project to raise money for UNICEF UK. The project will be launched by His Grace the Archbishop of York and is the first of four annual concerts, culminating in a performance in London in 2016.
We are inviting performances of Romany Wood from organisations throughout the UK, so -
If you are:
- a school or school class
- a county music service
- a church
- a choral society
- an orchestral society
The Romany Wood Charitable Trust (Registered Charity Number 1115147) will provide for free all the materials to rehearse and perform Romany Wood.
Romany Wood can be performed with piano accompaniment, with live Orchestra, or by using orchestral backing tracks made by the Orchestra of Trinity College of Music.
You can find out more in ‘How to Take Part’. Participants are asked to make a donation from profits made at their concert(s) to the Romany Wood page on UNICEF's JustGiving site.
A recording of Romany Wood, made by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the New London Children’s Choir with Michael Maloney narrating is available. Details on how to obtain CDs at preferential rates are found in the restricted part of this site.