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(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at bob@robinhood.info or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at www.robinhood.info Read more...
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SOCIETY HONOURS COMPOSER NEIL BRAND FOR HIS NEW ROBIN HOOD FILM SCORE

The World Wide Robin Hood Society have made composer and broadcaster, Neil Brand, an Honorary Member in recognition of his emotive new film score for the iconic 1922 silent movie classic “Robin Hood” starring Douglas Fairbanks.

HonoraryMember NeilBrand

The new score was premiered at London’s Barbican on 24th October, 2016, where the 90-piece BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Brock, carried an enthusiastic audience with them as they complimented the action played out on the screen behind them. From rousing fanfares and clashes in combat, to more subtle emotional encounters, the exciting new score faithfully reflected the changing moods of the film.

Society Chairman, Bob White was at the premiere and commented, “The combination of the film with this vibrant new musical score really captured the imagination and breathed a fresh vitality into the 94 year old movie. The composer was clearly delighted with the performance and rushed on stage at the end to congratulate the orchestra and to thank the audience for their generous response and it was at that point that I decided that Neil Brand’s work was most definitely worthy of recognition by the World Wide Robin Hood Society.”

“It’s hardly the New Years Honours List!” said Mr. White, “But it has been a long time since the Society last inducted an Honorary Member and Neil Brand will be joining the exclusive company of existing honorary members that includes Jonathan Ross, Brian Blessed and the present day Earl of Huntingdon, William Hastings-Bass.”

Neil (photo on the left) was delighted to accept the honorary membership and said he had wanted to score a Fairbanks film for many years because he loved the actor’s sense of joy. To mark his induction he will receive a framed, specially designed Honorary Membership Certificate, together with a World Wide Robin Hood Society fleece and a pair of Robin Hood cuff-links.

The Barbican premiere was described in the programme as “The chance to watch a blockbuster film with a full orchestra makes this no ordinary trip to the pictures, but a gala event.” And it certainly didn’t disappoint. Now there will be the chance to see the spectacle again on Friday, February 25th, 2017 at SaffronHall, Saffron Walden,  Essex.  (Details at: Robin Hood - Saffron Hall).  Don’t Miss It!