Classic lines: BBC Proms sets the bar for quality

The BBC Proms superb standard continued with a fabulous performance of J.S Bach’s Mass in B Minor performed by The English Concert and The Choir of the English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket.

The orchestra, choir and soloists had me rooted to the sofa for two hours. I marvel at how such music came into the heads of composers such as Bach. With more to come, I can’t wait to soak more of this season up. Well done to the camera crew who made the performance even more enjoyable with relevant, smooth transitional shots which showed real forethought and a real understanding of the music. Another musical gem came my way when I listened to a fascinating programme on Radio 3 about the viola; an instrument often much neglected and overlooked. This broadcast celebrated the rich, woody tones of this orchestral ‘core’ instrument. Although the repertoire of the viola is not as wide as other instruments the pieces played were quite beautiful and wistful.

Don’t forget that the Abington Church concerts continue at St Peter and St Paul, (the church in the park) with a recital by organist Roger Palmer on August 26. The recital starts at 4pm, entry is by donation to church funds.

Talking of the viola a Lunchtime Music Series recital takes place at The Castle, Wellingborough, on September 14 at 12.30pm. A rare chance to hear a solo viola played by Daisy Spiers and pianist Mark Austin. They will perform music by Clarke, Vaughan Williams and Kreisler. Tickets are £10 and include a buffet lunch. Book on 01933 270007 or try

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012/2013 Orchestral Season starts at Royal & Derngate on September 23 at 7.30pm when violinist Jack Liebeck performs music by Wagner, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Tickets for individual concerts range from

£14-£32.50. Book on 01604 624811 or

Northampton Concert Band perform a Last Night of the Proms concert on September 29 at 7.30pm at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton. Tickets can be booked through the website

More details regarding the programme to follow. received details of English Touring Opera’s new season. The nearest that the ETO come to Northampton is Cambridge with performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse on October 16, Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis on October 18 and Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring on October 17 and 19. There are lots of other venues which you may like to consider. Try their website for full details.

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