Classic Lines: Sulgrave Manor hosts musical treats

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From churches to 
theatres, there are certainly some wonderful concert venues to be enjoyed in and around Northamptonshire.

This weekend, the fascinating historical site of Sulgrave Manor – the ancestral home of former American president, George Washington’s family – on the Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire border, will play host to one of the musical treats December has in store.

On Sunday at 3pm, Sulgrave will hold a Baroque Celebration, bringing together masterpieces by Handel, Telemann and others for viol, recorder and the site’s original 18th century Hitchcock spinet.

According to one internet source, only 120 of these spinets were originally made and just six in the world (including this one) are in working order today.

The concert will include Caroline Jones on recorders, Charles Matthews on spinet, and Alison Crum on viols. Tickets cost £15 or £10 for concessions. Ring 01788 812223.

From historic manor to community centre, the Daventry Brass Band will be performing a British Legion Christmas concert on Saturday at Daventry Community Centre in Ashby Road.

The event will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 and can be purchased on the door or by calling Alan Bailey on 01327 260590 or 
Dennetts Garden Centre on 01327 702288.

Also on Saturday, starting at 7.30pm, the Kettering Symphony Orchestra will stage its Winter Concert.

The orchestra will deliver a varied programme, including Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Sibelius’ Symphony No 1.

The concert will be held in Southfield School for Girls, Lewis Road, Kettering. Tickets are available on the door or from the Kettering Tourist Information Centre. Adult tickets cost £8 and family tickets are available for £10 or £20. Accompanied children under 12 go free.