Classic Notes: by Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
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To excel at a musical instrument takes hours of practice and as much hard work as the players at Wimbledon probably put into their tennis.

And the forthcoming Oundle International Festival will give a platform to some of the local young musicians who have worked hard on their craft.

On Monday, July 15, at 1.30pm, aspiring concert pianist Chen Meng will perform a programme including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Also performing will be saxophonist Amy Green, who recently graduated from the Royal College of Music. She will perform works by composers such as Debussy and Vivaldi in a concert on July 16 at 1.30pm. Both concerts at Queen Victoria Hall. Tickets cost £6 each, £10 for two Lunchtime Series concerts or £20 for four. Available from 4 New Street, Oundle or by calling 01832 274734. For info on other concerts, see www.oundlefestival.org.uk. Full preview next week.

Northampton Chamber Choir will give a concert in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Olney. Including works by Purcell, Brahms and Paxton, the concert will take place on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10. Ring 01604 635959.

Saturday will also see the Northamptonshire Orchestral Winds Music Festival Concert performed at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, at 6.15pm. Tickets cost £10, £5 or £3.

As an additional note, Kettering Camerata is looking for a pianist to accompany rehearsals on Tuesday evenings. Excellent sight-reading skills are a must. A fee will be paid. Ring 01536 481841.