REHEARSALS in NOVEMBER will be at 7.30pm on WEDNESDAYS 7th and  14th  as we prepare for the CONCERT on NOVEMBER 21ST.

Music to be played includes:

Handel                       4 Movements from the Water Music Suites

Jessel                        Parade of the tin soldiers

Strunk                       Chorale Prelude: "Las mich dein sein  und  leben"

Bratton & Kennedy   The Teddy Bears' Picnic

Marshall                      Pizzicato obbligato from Suite: Durham Days 1957-63 

Honegger                    Air d'Aline from 'Les aventures du roi Pausole'

*The Violin and Guitar Duo, Oscar Tabor and Marcus Forster will be our guest soloists

We are always ready to welcome players in all departments! At the moment we could do with a percussionist and several more string players .........

Prospective new members should at contact the Conductor through this website. Email address is given below

The RALO rehearses on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS from 7.30pm 9.15 pm in the parish church of ST. MICHAEL, Bamford, Rochdale.  This is a later start time from previous seasons.

But it's as well to check that there will be a rehearsal the Wednesday after you read this, because we do tend to skip school half-term weeks, take summer holidays and give ourselves a break at other times when most members are likely to be unable to make it!

You can email us at or for up-to-date information

We welcome players of usual and unusual orchestral instruments of all ages and abilities and seek to provide them with suitable parts to contribute to the whole "RALO sound".  So do not hesitate to come along with your guitar or keyboard ...... there will be something significant for you to play.

St. MIchael's is a very pleasant space for music-making (as well as worship) and provides a welcoming venue for concerts.

If you are coming from the Rochdale direction, you will find the church on your right just as you have gone through the traffic lights at the junction of Bury Road with Queen's Road coming out of Heywood. There is ample parking space at the west end of the building, but you have to negotiate a sharp right turn into the driveway, and the driveway is very steep.

The school car park is usually available on concert evenings, too. It's opposite the church. Entrance is on Queen's Drive.