Classic Lines: with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

Listening to music in a concert or on the radio may simply be a relaxing past-time for many, but the world of musicians can be extremely competitive.

And just a flavour of this competition will be present at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering on Sunday when 20 bands compete in the All England Masters Championship. Competitors will include defending champions, the Tredegar Band, and this year’s test piece will be A Kensington Concerto by Eric Ball.

The championships, which start at 10am, will be followed by a gala performance at 7.30pm by the Virtuosi GUS Band and Tredegar Band. Tickets for the championship cost £17, or £15 for the gala show.

Also on Sunday, at 3pm, there will be a treat for fans of piano music, as 26-year-old Alissa Firsova will be performing at Kings Sutton Parish Church. She will be playing works by Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov on the church’s recently-restored wooden-framed Broadwood piano. Tickets on the door cost £8 or £5 for concessions.

Last, but not least, I wanted to give some advanced notice of a concert coming up at the beautiful Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Sheep Street, Northampton.

UK National Champions, the band Youth Brass 2000, will present a concert of popular music at the venue on Saturday, June 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 or £5 for under 16s. Concert-goers can pay on the door or book by ringing 01604 754782. Visit for more information.

Please email me with your forthcoming events.