Story of Corby’s pioneers to be told in song

Corby choir Deep Roots Tall Trees
Corby choir Deep Roots Tall Trees
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Internationally acclaimed singer Barb Jungr, Corby’s Deep Roots Tall Trees choir and local musicians, Head of Snakes, are to stage the second part of a song cycle for the town at The Core theatre.

Following on from the success of last year’s concert, Deep Roots, Tall Trees 2: New Town Pioneers is on Saturday, November 16.

The first concert, which focused on the town’s roots, was staged last November to mark the theatre’s second birthday and has just won the Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s Arts, culture and heritage award.

The second part of the project is being led by Barb, cultural engineer Rosalind Stoddart and Kate Dyer of Corby Community Arts.

It focuses on the pioneering spirit of the people of Corby and celebrates the hopes and those who have come to the town since the steelworks closed.

A spokesman for The Core said: “This year’s concert features new songs by Barb alongside the cream of last year’s material which she has further developed over the last 12 months with Head of Snakes and renowned choral director Gareth Fuller.”

Barb has released many CDs, appeared on television and radio, written for theatre and worked with musicians and singers worldwide.

Corby Community Arts, founded in 1979, is part of the five-member consortium directing the £1m Arts Council England project for Corby and has launched dozens of successful arts initiatives in the town.

The Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir, which now has more than 40 members, has grown out of a group of people brought together to sing for the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee visit to Corby in June 2012. It has performed at many indoor and outdoor events since it was formed and welcomes new members.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets, priced £10.50 and £8.50 for concessions, can be booked by calling The Core’s box office on 01536 470470 or by visiting www.thecorecorby.com.