Column: Classical Notes

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Anyone who has played a musical instrument and clawed their way up the fearsome ‘grade’ ladder will be familiar with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

My earliest musical memories include clomping my way across the wooden floors of the old music school in Ketterng Road, Northampton, sitting at a shiny black piano and trying to bash my way through a Beethoven sonata without fluffing page turns and generally getting my fingers into a knot. Sadly, not always achieved.

But on Tuesday all those musicians who have proven their mettle in the Associated Board exams will be performing in the Richard Coles Hall at the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust in Kettering Road at 7pm. The High Scorers Concert, featuring performances by invited students, will take place from 7pm. Tickets cost £4.

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire, the Towcester Choral Society is currently planning to hold another choral workshop on October 13 at 10am until 4.30pm at Towcester Town Hall.

The workshop will be led by Helen Swift, professional soloist and coach and musical director of Towcester Choral Society, who wll cover all aspects of choral singing, ending with a concert in the Town Hall. Those with or without singing experience are welcome. The cost is £12 or £7 for those under 18. The fee includes tea and coffee. For more information email or ring Gillian Griffith-Porter on 01327830593.

Northampton’s beautiful and very old Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Sheep Street will also play host to the latest Fiori Musicali concert on Saturday at 7.30pm, in which the music of Purcell and Monteverdi will be performed. Soloists joining Fiori will include violinist Pauline Nobes, tenor Edmund Hastings and baritone Richard Latham.

Tickets cost £20 or £15 for concessions. Advance booking is recommended by ringing 01327 360931 or by emailing