There is always a decidedly military feel to the concerts which take place each November in Northamptonshire.
The annual Remembrance Day events, combined with the number of charities now working to help veterans of conflicts old and new, seem to inspire people to show their appreciation through music.
While some concerts opt for decidedly military music, others simply use their events to raise money for a cause which helps servicemen and women and their families.
This week and next week I will use this column to preview just some of these concerts.
Tickets are now on sale for an evening of music and dance, entitled A Musical Salute. The concert will take place at The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering on Saturday, November 10, starting at 7.30pm, with proceeds going to the charity, Help for Heroes.
As well as Kettering Camerata, the evening will also be supported by members of other local choirs and groups, such as the Raunds Big Band Jazz Group and Kettering Sea Cadets Marching Band. There will also be performances by cellist Ellen Porter and singer Charlie Botting.
Tickets are available, priced £10 or £9 for concessions. To book, call the box office on 01536 414141 or log onto www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk
Also on November 10 at 7.30pm, a concert will be held in the beautiful medieval setting of the Crusader Round at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Sheep Street, Northampton.
The 2012 series of concerts for the Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust concludes with ‘We will remember them, an act of remembrance at Armistice Eve.’ Veterans visiting this concert are encouraged to wear their military medals.
This year’s concert will be performed by the Northampton Concert Band, conducted by Colin Rouchin.
Bookings can be made by calling 01604 754782 or by logging on to www.stseps.org. Admissions are £10.
Let me know about your events by emailing me or ringing 01604 467046.