Classic Notes: with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

Although the summer weather may be variable to say the least, one certainty is there will be plenty of classical music on offer this season.

On July 6, Northamptonshire Orchestral Winds will present the NOW Music Festival at St Matthew’s Church in The Drive, Northampton, starting at 6.30pm.

The concert will feature performances by UK clarinet soloist Linda Merrick (principal of the Royal Northern College of Music) and the programme will include Beethoven’s Octet and Ellerby’s Clarinet Concerto. Tickets cost £10, £5 for pensioners and £3 for students. Available on the door.

All Saints Church will continue its celebration of the 100th anniversary since Benjamin Britten’s birth with a concert of his complete organ works, performed by Nathan Lam, today at 1.10pm.

On Sunday at 10.30am the Boys & Men of All Saints will perform Britten’s Antiphon, at the High Mass. Then, on Thursday, July 4 at 1.10pm, Britten’s Metamorphoses and other oboe works will be performed in a recital by Sarah Francis and Ian Clarke. Admission to Thursday concerts at All Saints is £7 or £5.

Tomorrow at 12.30pm, the Lunchtime Music Series at The Castle theatre, Wellingborough will continue with a performance by Notus Winds, five musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

The wind quintet will give a recital of French music by composers such as Ibert, Debussy and Eric Ewazen. Tickets cost £10, including lunch, or £6 for the concert only. Ring 01933 270007 or visit www.thecastle.org.uk.