Classic Notes - with Anna Brosnan

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Music is a great way to celebrate a special anniversary and that fact has been remembered by the people of St Matthew’s Church in Northampton.

The church is set to celebrate its 120th anniversary with a choral mass on Saturday at 10.15am, a parish mass on Sunday at 10.15am and, later that day, a choral evensong at 6pm. The services will all be sung by the choir of St Matthew’s and will include premieres of two works written by David Halls.

On Saturday at 7.30pm, there will also be a concert at the church entitled Rejoice In The Lamb, which will celebrate the contribution St Matthew’s has made through commissioning new works over the last 70 years. Three of the church’s most famous musical commissions will be performed. Tickets cost £12 or £5 for students.

On Sunday at 7.30pm, following evensong, there will be a recital by Colin Walsh on the 1895 Walker Organ. Entrance is free.

Tomorrow, the first of The Castle’s autumn Lunchtime Music Series recitals will take place at 12.30pm, in Wellingborough, and will feature pianists Thomas and Joseph Havlat performing duets. Tickets cost £10 (including buffet). Call 01933 270007.

This Sunday at 7.30pm, the Spencer Chapel, in Great Brington (celebrating its 500th anniversary) will be the setting for a Fiori Musicali concert. The programme will include music by the modern John Tavener (who traces his ancestry back to the 16th century composer). Tickets cost £20 or £15. Call 01327 360931. Discounts available for kids.