Making music from the heart



Our Concert Evening on Wednesday, November 27th 2019 was a great success. The audience appreciated the mix of music we played and gave us warm applause.

So, THANKS TO ALL OUR PLAYERS who combined to make light-hearted music from the late 18th century to the present day. 

We are now on holiday over the Christmas and New Year seasons. I expect we shall be resuming rehearsals for a Spring Concert at the end of January or beginning of February.

I'd like to wish all who read this an Adventurous Advent, a Cracking Christmas and a Never Yawnsome New Year.

-  Graham Marshall           Conductor

The RALO rehearses on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS from 7.30pm 9.15 pm in the parish church of ST. MICHAEL, Bamford, Rochdale. 

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 & Rochdale Old Road with Queen's Drive 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.