Classic Lines: with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

As Britain’s Got Talent once again graces our screens, with acts hoping not to fall foul of the judges’ critical eyes, one of its past competitors will be performing in Northamptonshire this weekend.

It was four years ago when Helena Leonard was praised as “world class” by Piers Morgan, following her performance as half of the group Floral Highnotes, an act which made it to the semi-finals.

And this Saturday audiences at Loder Hall, Maidwell, will be able to enjoy hearing the soprano sing in a show which follows the life of early 20th century singer Florence Easton and includes many well known classical arias. The show will start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10. Ring Daphne on 01604 686744 or Ann on 01604 686967.

Next month will see the return of the Northampton Music Festival and this year it will include an additional stage focused on classical music.

Organisers are seeking classical musicians - orchestras, string quartets, solo pianists etc - to perform at the Guildhall in Northampton on July 28. To find out more, email John Richardson on

The Northampton Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Spinney Theatre, Spinney Hill, Northampton, on June 15 at 7.30pm. The programme will include Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Overture, Strauss’s Horn Concerto No 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 1.

The soloist for the Horn Concerto will be Martin Owen, guest principal horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets (£13 or £11) are available on the door or by calling 01604 792207.